Karl Hartman began assembling informal saxophone ensembles as a part of the chamber music season in the fall of 2002, and has developed it into a large part of the saxophone curriculum at Avon. He has arranged wind ensemble, orchestral, vocal, and electronic pieces for the ensemble, and has been involved with the commissioning of new arrangements for saxophone ensemble. During the fall of 2012, Avon High School began to offer a saxophone ensemble class as part of the high school curriculum, one of the first of its kind in the high school setting. Annually, the saxophone ensemble program performs a full concert in February. Recently, the saxophone ensemble program has been honored to perform with such distinguished saxophonists as Dr. Kenneth Tse from the University of Iowa and Dr. Otis Murphy from Indiana University.
In the fall of 2013, the Avon Saxophone Ensemble was selected to perform in January of 2014 at the State Conference of the Indiana Music Education Association, the first ensemble of its kind to be selected to perform there. Finally, the Avon Saxophone ensemble was recently selected to perform at the National Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Champaign, IL, in March of 2014. This ensemble was the first high school ensemble chosen to perform at the national conference of NASA.
There are two performing groups created from the saxophone ensemble class: the Saxophone Ensemble and the Saxophone Orchestra. The Saxophone Ensemble (12 members) uses the traditional French instrumentation of 1 Sopranino, 2 Sopranos, 3 Altos, 3 Tenors, 2 Baritones, and 1 Bass, and is a subset of the Saxophone Orchestra. This group performs in the ISSMA Solo and Ensemble contest at the District and State Level, and has consistently received gold ratings at the State Solo and Ensemble Contest. The Saxophone Ensemble typically performs more advanced grade 5 and grade 6 literature.
The Saxophone Orchestra (21 members) utilizes a larger instrumentation of 1 Sopranino, 3 Sopranos, 8 Altos, 4 Tenors, 4 Baritones and 1 Bass. This group typically performs transcriptions of band and orchestral pieces, as well as arrangements produced by the prominent Japanese saxophone ensemble, “Mi-Bemol.” The instrumentation for this ensemble is based off of a slightly altered instrumentation of “Mi-Bemol.”
Performances of the Saxophone Ensemble and Saxophone Orchestra have included various ISSMA Solo and Ensemble events, annual performances at the Indiana University Audition weekend saxophone studio recital, various Christmas concerts and Music Theater performances at Avon, as well as two major concerts at Avon given in February 2012 and 2013.
Each of these ensembles rehearses in class, with limited outside rehearsals prior to performance. The saxophone ensemble class is available by teacher approval. If a student is interested in taking the saxophone ensemble class at Avon High School (listed as Advanced Woodwinds in the Program of Studies), please contact Karl directly at kfhartman@Hotmail.com.
For a Biography of Karl Hartman, please click here.
For a list of repertoire studied and performed by the Saxophone Ensemble and Saxophone Orchestra, please click here.
For a Comprehensive list of Arrangements for Saxophone Ensemble, click here.
For a Comprehensive list of Original works for Saxophone Ensemble, click here.
Devil’s Rag by Jean Matitia, recorded live at the National Conference of NASA, Friday, March 21, 2014
Silamaka by Johan van der Linden, recorded live at the National Conference of NASA, Friday, March 21, 2014
Presto from String Octet in E Flat Major by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by the San Fransisco Saxophone Quartet, Recorded Live at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN, March 2, 2014
Ave Maria by Franz Biebl, arranged by Timothy J Schultz, Recorded Live at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN, March 2, 2014
Oily Rag by Alun Cook
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner, arranged by Karl Hartman
The Meoldy Shop by Karl King, arranged by Kevin Kastens, Kenneth Tse, Guest Conductor
“Variations on ‘America'” by Charles Ives, arranged by Paul Cohen
“Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, arranged by Karl Hartman
“Hummingbrrd” by Steven Bryant, arranged by Karl Hartman
“Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger, arranged by Karl Hartman
“Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, arranged by John Nichol
“Fanfare to ‘La Peri'” by Paul Dukas, arranged by Ronald Caravan
Jupiter from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, arranged by Richard Jensen (video below)