Summer Saxophone Academy

Academy faculty

Amanda Gardier

Amanda Gardier holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in jazz studies from the IU Jacobs School of Music. In addition to her busy performance schedule, she is instructor of jazz saxophone at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Paul Lorenz 

Paul Lorenz is pursuing a Doctor of Music in Saxophone Performance degree at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he is an associate instructor of saxophone. He recently earned a Performer Diploma in Solo Performance from Jacobs. He also earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Otis Murphy

Otis Murphy is professor of music in saxophone at the IU Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty in 2001. He is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having performed in some 20 countries worldwide across four continents.

Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh is professor of music in saxophone and chair of the Jazz Studies Department at the IU Jacobs School of Music. An active performer of jazz and classical music, he has presented concerts and workshops around the world and has been featured on numerous recordings.

Summer 2020 Saxophone Academy online classes

July 5–July 10

Tuition and fees

Tuition: $460, Registration: $40

Register for summer 2020 online classes

Auditors*: $25 per day (Mon-Thurs), $100 for the week

Auditors registration

*Auditors will be able view the master classes and concerts.The master classes are tailored to our high school student participants, focusing on fundamentals, practice techniques, and musicianship. Auditing is a great opportunity for young saxophonists to be a part of the Saxophone Academy. Click here to view the auditors schedule.

Required forms
Please download and fill out the code of conduct and liability agreement form and return it to the office of Pre-College and Summer Programs by July 1.

  • E-mail: Please scan the signed form and send it to or to
  • Fax: (812) 855-4936
  • Mail:
    Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
    IU Jacobs School of Music
    1201 East Third Street, Merrill Hall 006
    Bloomington, IN 47405

Enrolled students will be asked to send an audition recording by June 29 for placement in lessons, ensembles, etc.

  • Each student will receive four 45-minute individual lessons
  • Technique classes
  • Master Classes
  • Ensemble – Trios or Quartets (remote recording)
  • Topic Classes
  • Evening concerts by faculty members
  • Friday Evening Student Concert featuring the students’ work

Schedule (all times are EST)

Sunday, July 5
7 pm | Welcome and Information Meeting for students and parents
(8:30 pm | Evening Concert)

Daily Schedule
8:30 am–1 pm | Technique Class, Individual Lessons, and Practice Time
1:30–2:45 pm | Master Class
3–5 pm | Ensembles – Trios or Quartets (remote recording)
7 pm | Jazz Workshop or Topic Class
8:30 pm | Concert (one night will be Saxophone Repair Class)

Friday, July 10
Same schedule during the day
7 pm | Student Concert, parents encouraged to attend.


Monday, July 6
1:30–2:45 pm | Otis Murphy Master Class
8:30 pm | Otis Murphy Classical Concert with Haruko Murphy

Tuesday, July 7
1:30–2:45 pm | Tom Walsh Master Class
8:30 pm | Amanda Gardier Jazz Concert with guitarist Charlie Ballantine

Wednesday, July 8
1:30–2:45 pm | Otis Murphy Master Class
8:30 pm | Paul Lorenz & Friends Classical Concert: Unaccompanied Saxophone Works

Thursday, July 9
1:30–2:45 pm | Tom Walsh Master Class
8:30 pm | Tom Walsh Jazz Concert with pianist Luke Gillespie

Friday, July 10 (bonus for auditors for the week)
1:30–2:45 pm | Q&A session with Otis Murphy and Tom Walsh



Technology Requirements

All activities will take place using Zoom video conferencing software. Zoom sessions will be initiated from Indiana University, so you do not need to purchase a subscription to Zoom. Zoom can be accessed via computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Internet Connection

A strong, stable internet connection is required for best results with audio and video. Check your internet speed and strength at Recommended speeds are 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload). Lower speeds can produce poor video and audio. If needed, consider upgrading your wifi router or connecting directly to the router using an Ethernet cable.


Some people choose to use headphones while using Zoom. Standard headphones or earbuds work fine; it is not necessary to buy special headphones.


In most cases the microphone on your computer, tablet, or phone will do just fine. Some may choose to use an external microphone with an audio interface to improve sound. It is also possible to use a digital audio recorder, such as Zoom recorders, as an external mic. However, it is not required that you purchase an external microphone.