Snow Pond Music Festival


Where Aspiring Artists,
Develop, Collaborate & Grow


Main # (844) 476-6976

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June 8 - 12; June 15 - 19, 2020  (10-day program)

Click here to apply.

Fred Hemke

Continuing the Legacy

Dr. Fredrick L. Hemke, a pioneer and international leader of the classical saxophone for more than fifty years, has inspired an entire generation of composers, musicians and saxophonists.  His artistic values and his pedagogical genius are preserved and celebrated through the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute (FLHSI) at Snow Pond Music Festival, providing high-level college and graduate saxophonists with an intensive two-week summer program of study.  Located on the shores of Maine's Snow Pond Lake, the Institute offers a beautiful and inspirational setting for the creation of art and music.  The distinguished faculty for the FLHSI are all former students of Dr. Hemke.


 saxophoneProgram Details

  • Combination of repertoire and technique lessons with faculty
  • Masterclasses, recitals, and evening seminars
  • Intimate and supportive environment for working with peers and professionals

Frederick L Hemke Saxophone Institute 2019 Brochure

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

Professor Debra Richtmeyer, Renowned saxophonist and pedagogue, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Dr. Nathan Nabb, (Stephen F. Austin State University)

Sharon Peterson, Piano, Collaborative Artist

Dr. Gail B. Levinsky, Program Director and Artistic Director (Susquehanna University)

FLSHI Guest Artist for 2020: 

Dr. Susan Fancher, (Duke University, Wake Forest University)

Previous Guest Artists
Dr. William Street

Dr. Masahito Sugihara

Dr. Jan Berry Baker

Marcus Weiss

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, please contact Gail Levinsky, Program Director

Tuition includes non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Participant (Cost: $495)– A participant is one who will receive lessons, repertoire coachings, and participation in masterclasses, lectures, and panel discussions with faculty and guest artists. Only 12 full participants will be accepted.
  • Observer (Cost: $100) – A observer has access to all masterclasses, lectures, panel discussions each day.

Saxophone GroupPic FLHSI 2019  Sax Quartet Sax Institute group

Daily Schedule:

Noon  Special events as scheduled
1:00-4:00pm Lessons, Seminars, and Lectures
4:00–5:00pm Lessons, Masterclasses, Recitals



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Thank you

“Thank you for everything! This was a priceless experience. The highlight of my entire year.” FLHSI Participant