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National Saxophone Museum Prize for Creative Saxophone Expression

The application period for 2021 is now closed. View the winners on June 6 when #natsaxgoeslive.


Competition Judges - Jan Berry Baker, Robert Young, Victor Goines, and Jeff Coffin

Competition Prizes

1st Prize - $2,500

2nd Prize- $1,000

3rd Prize- $500

Young Artist Winner will receive a $400 cash award

Honorable Mention and People’s Choice winners will each receive a combination of the following (~$300 value): $75 Gift Certificate to Key Leaves, D’Addario prize pack, Silverstein HEXA Ligature, and/or Jody Jazz mouthpiece (choice of HR, Jet or Rousseau hard rubber models).

Top three prize winners will have their work featured in the June Fundraiser Livestream alongside artists like Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines, and Frank Catalano! All winners will also be featured on and receive special mention on the NSM blog and social media sites.

Image: Competition Judges - Dr. Jan Berry Baker, Dr. Robert Young, Victor Goines, and Jeff Coffin

Sponsors: Key Leaves, Saxquest, Rousseau Mouthpieces
Sponsors: D'Addario, Silverstein Works, Jody Jazz

February 01, 2021 - May 7, 2021(April 30, 2021)

Competition registration now closed. Check out the Livestream on June 6 to see the winners.

Open to All Saxophonists Over Age 18 in the US and Canada

Entry fee: $35

Calling all saxophonists!!! The National Saxophone Museum is sponsoring a contest to give saxophone players the opportunity to have some fun, showcase their art, and perhaps “cash in” on their passion. Students, amateurs, and professionals alike are encouraged to participate. This is NOT a cutting contest - we’re looking for creativity and the ability to convey emotion though your instrument.

This saxophone competition is organized by the National Saxophone Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of the saxophone and promoting its creative expression in today’s world. The contest guidelines are relatively loose—the only requirement is that the submissions be an audio/video presentation (mp4 format) featuring the saxophone prominently (1 to 7 minutes in length) and include a short artistic statement. It can be a solo or group performance of any genre of music from the traditional genres of jazz or classical to free expression or anywhere in between. Winners of the contest will present a creative, emotional performance that displays solid technical command of the instrument. In addition to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, finalists are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award and an Honorable Mention Award. All entrants under 23 years of age at the time the contest starts (Feb 1, 2021) will be eligible for the Young Artist Award. Cash prizes are underwritten and guaranteed by Saxquest Inc. Prizes also include generously donated items from D’Addario, Jody Jazz, Key Leaves, Saxquest, and Silverstein.