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Saxophone Alliance bringing regional conference to campus

The North American Saxophone Alliance will hold its mid-Atlantic regional conference Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at Western Carolina University, concluding with a free, open-to-the public concert on campus.

Hosted by WCU’s School of Music and the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, the conference will bring musicians, educators and enthusiasts from throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware to Cullowhee. Attendees will be involved in performances, competitions, presentations, masterclasses and clinics, as well as vendor opportunities.

The conference-ending concert will be held March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Guest artists will join with the WCU Wind Ensemble, directed by Margaret Underwood, WCU director of bands and associate professor of music.

Guest artists include Clifford Leaman, professor of saxophone at the University of South Carolina; Susan Fancher, instructor of music at Duke University; Allison Adams, assistant professor of saxophone with the University of Tennessee Knoxville; and Dale Underwood, professor of saxophone at the University of Miami.

The North American Saxophone Alliance is a nonprofit organization for students, professional musicians, university professors, public school teachers and others with a shared interest in the saxophone. Its origins date to the First World Saxophone Congress, held in Chicago in 1969.

For more information, contact Ian Jeffress, WCU assistant professor of saxophone, at or 828-227-3974.

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