NASA conference set to make big noise
Under the direction of Adam Estes, assistant music professor, the Division of Music will host the Region 3 Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance on Minot State University's campus April 19-21. NASA is a nonprofit organization comprised of saxophone performers, teachers, students, scholars and enthusiasts. Region 3 of NASA includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
"This is the first time Minot State has hosted a NASA conference. In addition to three marquee concerts, the conference entails master classes, lectures, panel discussions, chamber and two solo competitions, one for high school and one for university undergraduate students," Estes said. "Historically, a NASA regional event attracts from 150 to 300 saxophone professionals, university students and precollege students."
For this conference, the MSU Symphonic Band, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, the MSU Saxophone Studio and the Minot State University Jazz Ensemble will perform with guest artists. Signature events include:
- April 19 MSU Symphonic Band Concert, an opening gala concert, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. The guest soloists are Eugene Rousseau and Lauren Meccia. Tickets are adults $10, students $5 and MSU students, faculty and staff admitted free with current ID.
- April 20 MSU Jazz Ensemble Concert in Nelson Hall at 4:30 p.m. Greg Fishman, Chris Hemingway and Matt Patnode are guest soloists. Tickets are adults $10, students $5 and MSU students, faculty and staff admitted free with current ID.
- April 20 Minot Symphony Orchestra's "Pops Concert: Saxophone Extravaganza," directed by Maestro Scott Seaton, in Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Guest soloists include the Oasis Quartet, Connie Frigo and Paul Haar. MSU students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a current ID. Additional tickets for adults are $20 main floor and $25 balcony. The price for senior citizens is $15 main floor and $20 balcony; students 12-18, $10; children, $5. Symphony patrons are invited to join Erik Anderson, associate music professor, for a 6:30 p.m. preconcert lecture for an inside look at the symphony program and what to listen for during the performance. For more information about MSO, visit www.minotstateu.edu/symphony.
Other concert highlights include a recital April 20 by Estes' professional chamber ensemble, the Assembly Quartet. The quartet will perform in Nelson Hall at 1 p.m.
"To attract greater precollege student participation, a high school solo competition, judged by a panel of the guest artists, was instituted," Estes said. "The winners of the solo competitions will perform a recital April 21 in Nelson Hall at 8 a.m."
The community is invited to attend this NASA conference. Non-performing participants can attend all conference events for $10. To view the full schedule of events, visit www.minotstateu.edu/nasa or www.facebook.com/groups/284494588330150.
Questions about the conference and Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert tickets should be directed to Cheryl Kremer, Division of Music administrative assistant, at 858-3185. Questions pertaining to the MSO concert should be directed to Paulette Daley at 858-4228.
For questions about the NASA conference, contact Estes at 858-3193 or email@example.com.