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Stephen Williamson: “Music Is a Universal Language. It’s Been Gratifying Within the Doom and Gloom of Everything Shutting Down to Be Able to Perform and Teach Virtually”

Stephen Williamson, Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony, talks about how his practice routine has changed during the pandemic. He records himself almost every day to identify and work on flaws in his playing. Williamson also discusses how the Chicago Symphony’s activities have been affected by the pandemic, including the formation of a woodwind quintet and the production of the CSOtv series. He underwent rotator cuff surgery during the pandemic and returned to performing just six weeks after the surgery. Williamson also teaches virtually and is involved in two different websites where people can get lessons, master classes, or group chamber coachings with him. Finally, he talks about his family’s musical video project and expresses gratitude for being able to perform and teach virtually during the pandemic while acknowledging the difficult situation for other musicians.

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Saxophone

Marcel Mule — “Le Maître”

In this tribute article to the legendary Marcel Mule, Todd Oxford (Associate Professor of Saxophone and Chamber Music at the Texas State University School of Music, TX, USA) takes us over a complete trajectory of one of the most famous saxophone soloists and pedagogues ever, with some interesting interviews with this genius just before his death, which is like listening to history.

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Saxophone

Todd Oxford: “The Technique of Playing Must Be Intertwined With Performance Artistry to Share Great Emotion and Love With the Audience”

We have the opportunity to speak with Todd Oxford. His students at Texas State University have such luck to have a teacher that has accumulated so much experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Today, he is our luck to have him with us, to get to know his vision of the saxophone.

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Woody Witt: “It Is Essential to Get the Students to Assess Their Own Playing as Soon as Possible”

Today we are speaking with Woody Witt (Affiliate Artist in Jazz Studies at the University of Houston, and Professor at Houston Community College, Texas, USA), a teacher who strives to give a great technical base and the greatest possible autonomy to his students, while still being very active playing in concerts and recording albums.

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Saxophone

Griffin Campbell: “A Successful Performance Doesn’t Make Me a Good Person, and an Unsuccessful One Doesn’t Make Me Bad”

We get to meet Griffin Campbell this time around, whose long career has centered around being a performer and an academic within the USA in addition to visiting other countries. Instead of imposing on his students all the knowledge he has accumulated, he prefers to help them reflect to form their criteria.

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Saxophone

Stathis Mavrommatis: “Baroque Music Has a Very Positive Influence on Improving Learning Efficiency”

On this occasion, we are speaking with Stathis Mavrommatis. This distinguished Greek saxophonist shares his knowledge as a soloist with his students in Apollonion Conservatory in Athens. He is also the principal saxophonist with the Athens Wind Orchestra and principal guest saxophone of the Athens State Orchestra.

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