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Jonathan Helton

Jonathan Helton

What’s the Difference Between a Saxophone and a Lawnmower? The Role of Vibrato, Breath Support, Embouchure, Reeds and Mouthpieces in the Development of a Great Sounding Saxophone Section

Clinic Synopsis:

This clinic will provide clear, easy-to-follow steps to dramatically improving the sound of saxophone players of any age. Key concepts addressed will include: Choosing the proper reed strength; The relationship between the embouchure and breath support and its importance to tone and pitch; Teaching the saxophone vibrato; The saxophone embouchure; and Mouthpiece selection. A "Teaching Tools" handout will provide techniques for teacher and student use.

Jonathan Helton - Biographical Information

Jonathan Helton is an active solo recitalist and chamber musician appearing in concerts worldwide, including Chicago, Montreal, Vancouver, Beijing, Singapore, London, Paris, Taipei, Washington, DC, and New York. He has been featured on programs of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the College Music Society, Wisconsin Composers’ Alliance, Chicago Consortium of Composers, and the New Music Chicago Festival. His performances have been heard on North Carolina Public Radio, on WFMT in Chicago, and in national radio syndication. He is featured on compact discs from Elf, Innova, Mark Records, and Music from Northwestern. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Helton served on the faculty at Northwestern University. He is currently on the faculty of the School of Music of the University of Florida where he teaches saxophone, chamber music and conducts the New Music Ensemble.