Steve Mauk, School of Music, Honored by National Association


Contributed by Molly O'Shea Polk

Steven Mauk, professor of saxophone, was recently honored by the North American Saxophone Alliance with an honorary life membership. This is the highest award presented by the US/Canadian association and was bestowed at their Biennial Conference held at Arizona State University (Tempe) from March 15-18. Included in the short list of past honorees are Sonny Rollins and Jamey Aebersold (jazz legends), and Sigurd Raschér, Jean-Marie Londeix, Larry Teal, Donald Sinta, Frederick Hemke, and Eugene Rousseau (classical artists/pedagogues). The award is given for significant contributions in the fields of saxophone performance, pedagogy, research/scholarship, and service.

Mauk also presented a performance at this conference. He played Karel Husa's Sonatina for soprano saxophone and piano (1945/2012), an arrangement that he prepared of a composition originally written for violin and piano. This is only the latest piece in a collaborative project between Husa and Mauk to transcribe previous works by this composer for the saxophone.