About the Saxophone Intensive

Bring your horn to the New York Jazz Workshop this summer! We are thrilled to present this special one-day intensive for saxophonists. This program is open to students of any type of saxophone. Syllabus to be posted soon.

-Ear training
-Improvisation principles
-Intervallic movements
-Sight reading
-Melodic interpretation

Dates: Aug 28th
All sessions will be held from 11am to 5pm at our main space around the corner of Times Square. More detailed outline and information on the schedule will follow.

-Instructors may ask for a recorded sample before admission
-At least 17 years of age
-Some of our intensives are better suited to intermediate and advanced musicians with a minimum of a few years on their instrument; other summer intensives, such as the beginner vocal and choir, are open to everyone. More details can be discussed during registration.

About the Faculty

Ole Mathisen-  is a saxophonist, composer and teacher, with a strong background in jazz. He earned a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied arranging with Maria Schneider, composition with Ed Green, and saxophone with Bob Mintzer, and he holds a Bachelor Degree from Berklee College of Music. Ole is the assistant director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University, where he also has been teaching saxophone and directing ensembles since 2005.

On April 24 of 2013 Ole had his composition “Tone Poem: The Mind’s Eye Inverted,” read by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra through a program by The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute and Earshot. The composition explores outward communication of ideas that are instinctual, visceral and intuitive, through lyrical musical gestures. The composition employs in parts what Ole calls tonal fields, which are subsets of available tonal pitches that vary in each octave.

In 2010 Ole received a composer grant from Komponistenes Vederlags Fond of Norway and wrote the microtonal chamber orchestra piece “The Other Side of Night,” loosely inspired by Stephen Hawking’s book “The Grand Design.”

In 2009 he was awarded Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant, which resulted in Mirage, a multi movement chamber jazz piece based on illusive rhythmic layers. Mirage premiered at Miller Theatre in New York City. It was recorded live by NPR and featured on the radio shows JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jazzklubben with Erling Wicklund. Other awards include ASCAP Plus Awards (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009), The DANY Arts Grant (2006) from the Danish Government, Tono Work Stipend (1999, 2014) from the Norwegian Composers Rights Organization, Artist Educational Stipend (1993) from the Norwegian Government, Faculty Association Award (1987) from Berklee College of Music, Phil Woods Incentive Award (1984) from Berklee College of Music.

Ole has worked on over 100 CD releases and has composed several movie and television scores.

His recordings as a leader or co-leader are: 7 Seconds to Sundown, 2015 (olemathisen.com); Trapezoid, 2013 (Alessa); Mirage, 2012 (Jazzheads); Elastics, 2011 (Losen); Periodic Table, 2010 (Jazzheads); Chinese Horoscope, 2007 (Jazzheads)

Tuition and Registration

$195 Early bird special for registrations received by April 30th
for registrations received after May 1st

To sign up for this Summer Intensive, fill out this brief registration form.

General Information

For more info regarding our summer program, housing, travel, and more, visit our Summer Workshop General Information page. For a more in-depth experience, inquire about adding a private lesson with someone from the NYJW Faculty during your visit. Learn more about how you can combine Summer Intensives to create a customized Summer Jazz Packages. Feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] with any additional questions.

What to expect:
When you join us for one or more of our intensives, you can expect to become a member of our tightly knit community. There will be musicians from all over the world looking to learn, explore and make connections. You will be making connections that last a lifetime. A typical day will be as follows:

11:00am – 1:00pm: Morning Sessions
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Sessions
Evenings: Free

Student will normally organize small groups or go check out some concerts. See “Fun Evening Activities” in the General Information page for more details. There will be opportunities for every student to perform outside of the school, more details coming up soon.

The New York Jazz Workshop Summer Series is held in our space at Michiko Studios in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks from Times Square.

New York Jazz Workshop at Michiko Studios
149 West 46 street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10036
between 6th and 7th avenue.