The Texas A&M International Saxophone Studio is a welcoming community of about 16 undergraduate saxophonists at TAMIU. The students engage in solo, chamber, and large ensemble repertoire through weekly lessons, studio classes, quartet coaching, and saxophone Ensemble with Dr. Hetrick, as well as through the TAMIU Symphonic Band and the TAMIU Jazz Band. In our weekly studio classes, we cover topics related to business and entrepreneurship, job readiness, musicians' health, saxophone pedagogy, reed maintenance and care, extended techniques, efficient practicing, performance anxiety, and much more. In addition to performances on campus and in the community, the studio has performed across the country at events such at the International Saxophone Symposium.
We are fortunate to frequently host visitors from around the country- past visitors have included Dr. Nathen Mertens (CU Boulder), Dr. Stephen Page (UT Austin), the ~Nois Saxophone Quartet, Dr. James Barger (WTAMU), and more. The TAMIU Saxophone Studio frequently hosts events and masterclasses, engaging with middle school, high school, and collegiate saxophonists throughout Texas.
TAMIU offers four degree plans; Music Education, Music Performance, a Double Major, and a Music Minor. Each of these degree paths are eligible for scholarship. If you're interested in performing in ensembles, all majors are welcome!