The Modern Saxophonist Podcast

The Modern Saxophonist Podcast hosted by Mark McArthur will bring you interviews of saxophonists making an impact on the world of music. We intend to add value to our listener by also providing educational and inspirational episodes recorded in a conversational style for all levels of enthusiasts. Performers, Composers, Teachers, Students, Recording Artists, and Enthusiasts will all be welcome to share their stories to provoke interesting and impactful conversations.
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Mar 21, 2017

Need some fresh ideas for running your saxophone studio?  Have you ever thought it might be you mindset holding you back?  Entrepreneurship is your mission, but you need to find a model to follow after in the world of saxophone.  I get the opportunity to speak with Jessica Voigt Page in how she developed her Saxophone Academy of Austin and her new venture into helping young professions tackle some of the difficult tasks of getting started.  You are not going to want to miss this one. 

Mar 16, 2017

Dr. Brian Kauth comes on the show to discuss his dissertation on composer Roman Palester where he had to follow quite a few rabbit holes to get the vital information to complete the paper.  However, I too like Rabbit holes and found an interesting one that involves legend Jean Marie Londiex.  We get to say Happy Birthday to his mentor Wildy Zumwalt as well! Enjoy.

Mar 6, 2017

Mark talks with Dr. Nathan Mertens who just finished his Doctoral degree program at University of Texas, Austin and is now off to Japan for a unique opportunity where he will be studying and researching at Kunitachi College of Music with Masato Kumoi. When I saw Nathan's Facebook post about this very rare opportunity I had to ask him to be on the show and give us a snapshot of what he expects to experience.  Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2017

Being a saxophonist today means we have frequent run ins with technology these days.  Dave Camwell and Mark have a few pointers and some suggested app and hardware suggestions.  We cover practice tool applications, video, and audio editing platforms. I learned a ton and I'm sure you will as well.  Make sure to share with your saxophone friends and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. 


Feb 17, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and wanted to know what its like to be on stage with some of the finest musicians in the world? Mark gets the opportunity to talk to Dr. J. Michael Holmes who recently toured with CSO throughout Europe.  Dr. Holmes is currently the Artist-Teacher of Saxophone and Head of Woodwinds at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.  This conversation will take you around the world and leave you encouraged about exploring the orchestral repertoire for saxophone.  

Feb 15, 2017

Mark and Kristen venture into the world of YouTube Live to record this episode.  We talk about New York, NY as being such a hub of saxophone activity from the NY office of D'Addaroo.  They end up getting into some deep conversation about being a saxophonist today and relevance.  You may be inspired by a few suggestions for performing venues and the overall brilliance of Kristen McKeon.  Enjoy!

Feb 8, 2017

Ever wonder what to talk about with your instrument repairman or what steps to take when something is a little off?  Steven Georges contacted Mark off the challenge to come on the show with this very show idea.  Mark of course was glad to take the suggestion and learned quite a few tips and tricks along the way! 

Feb 4, 2017

Here we go again! Mark is taking a chance on experimenting with a new format by creating a series of solo audio blogs.  The point is to both entertain and create a call to action.  We talk show numbers and the numerous countries to have downloaded an episode from TMSP.  Also, discusses a few things he's learned along the way.  Don't forget to join Mark for the Super Bowl... Find out details in the episode! 

Jan 28, 2017

James Barrera from Long Beach State University in Long Beach, California and Orange County School of the Arts breaks out the Henry Lindeman Method and gives a detailed break down of the benefits of using this technique.  Hearing about this air and finger coordination and special care for our relaxed movements is encouraging me to revisit some of my own playing and teaching.  Enjoy!

Jan 23, 2017

Good thing we took a break after part 1 because we completely lost track of time and had a blast talking about saxophone.  We might have gotten a little carried away, but you are sure to be both entertained and encouraged.  Dr. Henning Schroeder is the baritone saxophonist in the Capitol Quartet and also on faculty at Ohio Northern University.  Thanks for checking us out, make sure to like our Facebook page and Share this episode. 

Jan 23, 2017

Dr. Henning Schroeder, baritone saxophonist of the Capitol Quartet, sits down with Mark McArthur for a 2 part conversation.  Sax Day, Midwest, Navy Band Clinic, Germany, and PINK HEADPHONES find a way into the conversation.  Have some laughs and enjoy the ride! Thanks for listening and please share! 

Jan 19, 2017

WARNING! You may need to sit down for this one as the enthusiasm in this conversation may seriously launch you.  Dr. Jonathan Nichol and Mark McArthur sit down for a spirited conversation covering so many inspiring ways to think about saxophone study and performance.  He announces the summer camp he will be doing with the H2 quartet at University of Oklahoma and the brilliant faculty who will be teaching.  Take the time to enjoy this episode and get to know Dr. Jonathan Nichol. 

Jan 11, 2017

Mark McArthur sits down with John Seaton who is the Band Director at Las Vegas Academy and Andrew Austin who is the writer of the Ye' Olde Music Major Blog to talk about one of our favorite subjects, Solo and Ensemble Festival for middle school and high school students.  We have a few war stories, tips for success, and encouragements for anyone who is willing to decide performing in this great event is for you.  Please share this episode with anyone you know who could benefit.  

Jan 6, 2017
Chris Condon Pieces

Eric Bradley sits down with saxophone soloist and Army Band Saxophonist Chris Condon.  This episode covers Chris' new album titled Pieces and how crowd funding can be used effectively to deliver a stunning final product.  Please share and encourage your friends to check out this episode and of course Chris Condon's new album.