Young saxophonists will have take center stage at the third annual West Virginia University Saxaphone Day set for Monday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in WVU’s College of Creative Arts.

Michael Ibrahim, associate professor of saxophone in WVU’s School of Music, will be joined by musicians and educators from around the world to offer a day of masterclasses for all skill levels.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting our third annual Saxophone Day at WVU,” said Ibrahim. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to welcome saxophonists to our campus.”

This year’s guest faculty include saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury and flutist Sophie Goury, the Duo Z�phyr from Tours, France; tenor saxophone virtuoso James Houlik of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University; and groundbreaking saxophone improviser Jack Wright.

“Our featured artists are not only brilliant saxophonists in their own right, but they are also creative voices as performers and artists,” Ibrahim said.

Highlights of the day include Houlik’s recital at 11 a.m. in 424A Creative Arts Center, followed by his masterclass in 440 Creative Arts Center at 1:45 p.m. Goury will host a masterclass in the same space at 2:45 p.m. Wright will present a recital and discussion in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center, from 4 to 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. in Bloch, Duo Z�phyr will offer a concert.

The event is free and open to saxophonists of all ages, but registration is encouraged. To register, please contact Ibrahim at or visit Same-day registration will also begin the morning of the event at 9 a.m. in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus.



CONTACT: David Welsh, WVU College of Creative Arts

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