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Hartt Classical Saxophone Lineage

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April 1st, 1940

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Moshe Paranov appointed Sigurd Rascher to teach saxophone at The Hartt School. In the end it didn’t happen because Rascher was retained in Cuba without a work visa and Paranov rescinded the offer.


Donald Sinta began teaching at Hartt.
Prior to Donald Sinta’s appointment, only clarinet faculty taught saxophone. The clarinetist Henry Larsen was teaching immediately prior to Sinta.

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James Hill


James Hill began his career at Hartt where he was Instructor of Saxophone and Music Education, and conductor of the Hartt Concert Band. While at Hartt he was a frequent soloist with the Hartt Wind Ensemble, and also a consultant to the Functional Form Corporation in their research into synthetic saxophone reeds. Also while at Hartt, Hill began a 30-year tenure as a member of the Artist-Faculty at Canada’s prestigious Interprovincial Music Camp, and served as the Region 8 coordinator for the North American Saxophone Alliance. At The Ohio State University, Hill taught saxophone and courses in Woodwind Instrument Repertory for graduate students, as well as co-teaching Performance Enhancement with sports psychologist Dr. Neal Neuman. He performed throughout the United States with Dr. Thomas Wells as a member of “Duo Contemporain”. He appeared frequently as a performer and lecturer at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Hill retired from Ohio State in 2015, and now divides his time between his wife and dogs, bicycling and kayaking.

Lynn Klock is Professor of Saxophone Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position he held for 34 years, and in 2014 was awarded the University’s 2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Previous faculty positions include the Hartt School of Music, University of Toledo, Olivet College, and the Interlochen National Music Camp.

Graduates of his program hold college and university teaching positions in the United States and Great Britain, teaching and administrative positions at every level of public and private schools, and playing positions in the premiere United States Military Bands.

As a Selmer Artist/Clinician and D’Addario Performing Artist, Mr. Klock is frequently featured as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and overseas. For more than 45 years, he has been actively involved in getting new music written for the saxophone. His third solo recording of music dedicated to him will be released in 2020 on Albany Recordings. He can also be heard on the Open Loop, Gasparo, CRI, MSR, Mark, and Orion labels. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Interlochen Arts Academy, his teachers include Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, and Jack Kripl.


Lynn Klock 

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Phil DeLibero


Ken Radofsky

Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Jerusalem Symphony with Gisele Ben-Dor and Boston Pops with John Williams.  Radnofsky premiered Gunther Schuller’s Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony (composer conducting), and David Amram's Concerto with the Portland Symphony, under Bruce Hangen. The 100 plus works he has commissioned also include Trester, Colgrass,  Harbison, Martino,  Gandolfi, Olivero, Yannatos, Perker, Jakoulov, Schwartz, Yang and Bell. He is Professor of Saxophone and Chamber Music at New England Conservatory, President of the Boston Woodwind Society, Founder of World-Wide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund, founding board member of Gunther Schuller Society,  co-founded the Amram Ensemble, is a Selmer Artist, and also teaches at Longy School and Boston University; website at: 

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Michael Menapace

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Michael Menapace grew up in New Jersey and entered The Hartt School of Music in 1989. His primary teacher was Kenneth Radnofsky for saxophone and Moshe Paranov for chamber music. He graduated in 1993 and then taught music in the Baltimore County, MD public schools. He was asked to return to Hartt to teach saxophone and chamber music in 1994. He performed throughout North America, in Europe and Australia and was the saxophonist with the Hartford Symphony. In 2002, Michael left his position at Hartt to practice law, later returning to The Hartt School to chair the Hartt Board of Trustees. 


Carrie Koffman 

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