The Peabody saxophone program is geared for those students seeking an intense, performance-driven curriculum in a conservatory setting. My own experience as an active performer has shaped the program. I emphasize solo and chamber ensemble performance. In an average week a saxophone major will have a private lesson, quartet rehearsals, wind ensemble (or orchestra) rehearsals, a weekly repertoire class and perhaps a saxophone ensemble rehearsal. The addition of music theory, ear training, music history, liberal arts classes and, of course, practicing makes for a busy and challenging weekly schedule.
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Saxophonist Doug O’Connor is passionate about sharing music that challenges audiences to explore, connect, and grow. His athletic performances feature music from all eras and in many styles, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and electronic.
Internationally recognized as one of the leading saxophone virtuosi of our time, Gary Louie possesses a lively interpretive imagination coupled with a refreshingly understated artistry and a warm, supple tone, qualities that have earned him consistent praise from audiences and critics alike.