Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Supervisor

Dr Matthew Styles


This paper will discuss the careers of two iconic saxophonists - James Houlik (USA) and Andy Scott (UK) - and how they have established performance careers in the classical tenor saxophone arena. Both of these saxophonists appeared to have contributed immensely to the classical tenor saxophone repertoire and pedagogy - possibly more than any other in their field - as well as enhancing its profile as a specialist instrument. Due to the relatively small number of virtuosic classical performers on the tenor saxophone1, I felt it was important to gain an insight into the important steps that both Houlik and Scott have taken in establishing their performing careers. Following the responses to a series of interviews with Houlik and Scott, coupled with the writer’s own experiences and observations, it is the aim of this paper to identify potential career paths available to modern day classical tenor saxophonists. It is further hoped that this research will motivate and assist in the removal of obstacles that may arise for the modern day classical tenor saxophonist when trying to establish their own career. Using the information provided by Houlik and Scott, this dissertation aims to: • suggest the idea that the classical tenor saxophonist is able to establish a specialised career path, • identify vital steps to establishing a career as a specialist tenor saxophonists, and • encourage future performers, composers and pedagogues to accept and contribute to the future development of the classical tenor saxophone