Snow Pond Music Festival


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June 9 - June 23, 2020

Fred Hemke

Continuing the Legacy

Dr. Fredrick L. Hemke (1935 - 2019) raised the popularity of classical saxophone, particularly among leading American composers and helped raise the recognition of classical saxophone in solo, chamber, and major orchestral repertoire. Dr. Hemke loved being in Maine at Snow Pond each summer and we will continue to hold FLHSI in his spirit and honor. The Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute at Snow Pond Music Festival provides high-level college and graduate-level saxophonists an intensive two-week program of study under the tutelage of world-renowned saxophonist Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Program participants study solo and chamber music repertoire in a performance-oriented environment, participating in a series of private lessons, master-classes, ensemble coaching and recitals. Ample time is scheduled for practice and other activities. 


 saxophoneProgram Details

  • Combination of repertoire and technique lessons with Dr. Hemke and faculty.
  • Individual, quartet, and large ensemble coaching.
  • Master classes, recitals, and evening seminars.
  • Ample practice time.
  • Intimate and supportive environment for networking with peers and professional staff.
  • Affordable tuition includes lodging, meals and use of New England Music Camp’s waterfront, recreational equipment and facilities.

Frederick L Hemke Saxophone Institute 2019 Brochure

Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Artistic Director; Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University

Dr. John W. Sampen, Artistic Director, Distinguished Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University

Debra Richtmeyer, internationally renowned saxophonist and pedagogue, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Dr. Nathan Nabb, Staff, Professor of Saxophone, Stephen F. Austin State University

Dr. Gail B. Levinsky, Staff, Program Director; Susquehanna University

Sharon Peterson, Collaborative Artist

FLSHI Guest Artist for 2020:  Dr. Susan Fancher, Duke University, Wake Forest University

Previous Guest Artists
Masahito Sugihara
Jan Berry Baker
Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet

FLHSI Faculty


Participants must be over the age of 18 and are selected on the basis of ability and supporting materials. As the application process is on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply early.

  1. Submit two letters of recommendation
  2. Non-refundable $50 application fee
  3. YouTube Audition (Two contrasting movements of your choice.)

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Letters of recommendations should be sent directly via the Supplement Materials link.

For additional assistance contact the Program Coordinator, Gail Levinsky

Tuition includes non-refundable $50 application fee
  • 14 days – all-inclusive  (instruction, meals, housing, and on-campus activities) - $2,195
  • Quartet Special: (4 for the price of 3) High-level pre-formed quartets are encouraged to apply for special pricing. (The 2018 quartet participants were the award-winning Aruna Quartet & Opulent Quartet.)
Saxophone GroupPic FLHSI 2019 Sax Quartet Sax Institute group

Arrival Day:

3:00–5:00pm Registration
5:30pm Dinner
Evening Orientation and Evening Gathering

Daily Schedule:

8:00am Breakfast
9:30–12:00pm Repertoire Lesson, Individual Techniques Lesson, Individual / Quartet Coaching, Practice
12:30–1:30pm Lunch
2:30–4:00pm Studio Class/Quartet, Flexible Time, Individual Practice, Lessons, Recreation
4:30–5:30pm Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal
5:45pm Dinner
Evening Master Classes, Lectures, Recitals, Practice, and Off-Campus Activities

Departure Day:

8:00–10:00am Breakfast and Departure

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Absolutely Cherished

“I absolutely cherished this experience. Every day seemed like a week in terms of volume of hard work and growth that I was able to achieve.

I’m at a much better place with myself as a player and person because of it. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone looking for such an experience. I was also extremely pleased with the musicianship of the other campers and it was so cool to watch everyone else’s growth. It was tremendous to be a part of it.” FLHSI Participant