Studying saxophone lets you blend a well-rounded and intellectually challenging liberal arts tradition with the immersive world of specialized saxophone performance study.

Grow your artistry, build your technical facility, and expand your musical possibilities in a community of empowerment, collaboration, and support. Hone and challenge your performance skills with a diverse array of solo, chamber, and ensemble experiences. Dig into the transformational power of music through community outreach. Become the versatile and entrepreneurial musician the world needs. Where will your musical journey take you?

Jasper Kashou:

Student Perspective

“When you shop around for colleges [as a musician], the professors are practically the only thing that matters. I came to Lawrence specifically for professors José Encarnación and Steven Jordheim… My success is largely due to their guidance.”

Jasper Kashou ’24
Music Education, Music Performance (Saxophone)
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Music & Arts

The Chicago Gig

Play with your professors in the classroom and on tour. Students hit the road to gig in Chicago and share the stage with the faculty jazz quartet. 

From jazz to classical and more, learn more about ensemble and performance opportunities.

You will work closely with exceptional faculty in lessons, ensembles, and performance.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

Student plays saxophone

Studio Culture

From working with composers to commission, premiere, and record new works to teaching fellow students in Performance Class, collaboration is key for the saxophone studio. You can explore a wide variety of genres including jazz, contemporary, orchestral music and more. Individualized goals for performance and artistic development are supported by your peers in class and in performing ensembles. Through performing diverse works for all types of saxophones and engaging in collaborative mentoring in the studio, the saxophone program creates flexible and committed artists with a comprehensive understanding of saxophone performance.

reflected light shining on sheet music

The Power of Collaboration

What happens when you combine a world-class conservatory with a world-class college? An unmatched undergraduate musical education. At Lawrence, the Conservatory and College experiences are intertwined. Multiple degree options let you be your own muse by connecting your musical passions with your academic interests. 

Group of saxophone players sitting down

Performance & Ensemble Opportunities

Performance and ensemble opportunities abound. Perform in recitals and at professional conferences. Campus and beyond is your stage as you perform in ensembles like Lawrence's jazz ensembles, the Lawrence University Saxophone Ensemble, quartets, duos, mixed chamber ensembles, and more. Explore professional performance alongside your peers as you perform a diverse variety of works for all types of saxophones.

The Steven Jordheim Endowed Fund for Musical Exploration

The sky's the limit with this saxophone-specific fund that supports student travel to workshops, commissions for new pieces, recording projects, and performance tours.

Steven Jordheim, Professor of Music, works with Gabe Reyes, a sophomore, during Saxophone Studio.
The Lawrence Jazz Ensemble performs on the stage of Memorial Chapel.


Downbeat Awards for Jazz Ensemble

Lawrence's musicians have been consistently recognized by the prestigious Downbeat Awards.

A musical life awaits. Take the next steps by applying and auditioning.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Conservatory, to explore learning and performance spaces.