The Cortona Saxophone Sessions program (special for 2018) is open to saxophone performers age 18 and over.

Performers specializing in both traditional and contemporary music, especially those with extensive chamber music experience, are encouraged to apply. Accepted performers will be arranged into quartets, and assigned to instruments according to what instruments they are able to bring. The quartets will be assigned a variety of repertoire. Each performer will also receive private and/or group lessons with the performance faculty. All fellows will also be part of the Cortona Saxophone Collective, which will work on preparing a program for performance at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb following the conclusion of the Sessions. Cortona Saxophone Sessions fellows will travel to the WSC together.

The Cortona Saxophone Sessions provides student saxophonists from around the world an opportunity to work closely with faculty members in private lesson and chamber coaching situations, network with peer saxophonists, to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb with Sessions faculty members, and to have a unique cultural experience in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

Join us to celebrate both the saxophone and la dolce vita!

    Throughout the Cortona Saxophone Sessions, there will be opportunities to:

    • premiere new works
    • perform in masterclasses/lessons with Cortona Sessions faculty
    • participate in Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition (see below)
    • develop their contemporary performance skills through lectures and private lessons
    • have opportunities to perform and demonstrate significant works from the traditional and contemporary repertoire


    deadline:  March 30, 2018
    eligibility:  all saxophone performers age 18 and over
    tuition:  $750 USD (does not include airfare to Europe)

    paid online via PayPal - click on button below

    Tuition includes:

    • 5 nights in Hotel Oasi Neumann w/breakfast 
    • attendance/participation in all festival events
    • Help with planning travel to Zagreb for World Saxophone Congress

    Additional/supplemental cost  

    single room:  add $100 to tuition

    Application form

    Please complete and submit the online application form (required).

    Liability form

    Please complete and submit the online liability waiver form (required).

    Tuition payments (via paypal)



    July 2
    Cortona Saxophone Sessions faculty arrive

    July 3
    All Saxophone Sessions fellows arrive
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Checkin at Hotel Oasi-Neumann
    5:00  PM Reception at Hotel Oasi-Neumann with prosecco tasting/light food
    7:00 PM Dinner in town.

    July 4
    9:00 AM Saxophone Ensemble
    10:00 AM Group Lessons
    11:00 Sectionals
    2:00 PM Group Lessons
    3:00 Saxophone Ensemble
    6:00 Concert
    8:00 Dinner

    July 5
    9:00 AM Saxophone Ensemble
    11:00 Group Lessons
    2:00 PM Group Lessons
    3:00 PM Masterclass/Lecture
    6:00 PM Concert
    8:00 PM Dinner

    July 6
    Day trip to Florence

    July 7
    9:00 AM Saxophone Ensemble
    11:00 AM Group Lessons
    2:00 PM Group Lessons
    3:00 PM Masterclass/Lecture
    5:00 PM Final Concert
    7:00 PM Dinner

    July 8
    8:00 AM Travel to Croatia via charter bus