Single Reed Symposium

February 23, 2020

Are you a clarinet or saxophone student eager to learn more about your instrument? Come join the UWSP clarinet and saxophone studios for the 2020 Single Reed Symposium! Spend time with current students and professors to explore the versatility of your instrument, watch masterclasses, perform in a clarinet choir or saxophone ensemble, get answers to your questions, learn extended techniques, discover practice strategies to prepare for auditions and performances, and much more! Perfect for serious high-school musicians who want to improve their skills on either the clarinet or saxophone. 

Cost: $30 and includes food and drinks.

 Event Schedule

  • 8-9 a.m.: Registration

  • 9–9:30 a.m.: Faculty recital

  • 9:45–10:30 a.m.: Large ensemble rehearsals
                Clarinet choir
                Saxophone ensemble

  • 10:45–11:30 p.m.: Masterclasses [see below]

  • 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: Forum: Life as a music major/minor
                Discussion led by current UWSP students

  • 12–12:50 p.m.: Lunch

  • 1–2 p.m.: Breakout sessions

  • 2–2:45 p.m: Chamber music session

  • 2:45–3:45 p.m.: Large ensemble rehearsals

  • 4:15–5 p.m.: Final concert
                Clarinet choir
                Saxophone ensemble

 Masterclass Opportunities

The UWSP Single Reed Symposium will feature masterclasses in which students will work one-on-one with UWSP faculty. These masterclasses will take the form of public lessons presented to all attendees.

If you would like to perform as a soloist or chamber group for the masterclass, please contact either of the following professors (depending on your instrument) to indicate your interest. Applicants will be asked to submit a short recording of their playing in order to be considered:

  • Dr. Myles Boothroyd (saxophone):

  • Dr. Sarah Manasreh (clarinet):

 Faculty Biographies


Myles Boothroyd serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. A sought-after artist, clinician, and educator in the classical and jazz communities, he has earned national top prizes in competitions ranging from the North American Saxophone Alliance to the Music Teachers National Association. Dr. Boothroyd serves as alto saxophonist for the East End Quartet, an award-winning ensemble formed at the Eastman School of Music. At UW-Stevens Point, he manages a thriving studio and is the founder of SaxPoint, a student-led saxophone ensemble. Dr. Boothroyd holds both the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music; he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Theory Pedagogy from the Eastman School. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, with minors in Instrumental Music and Secondary Mathematics Education, from Central Michigan University.

Sarah Manasreh serves as Lecturer of Clarinet and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Prior to coming to UWSP, she was the instructor of clarinet at Alma College, the professor of clarinet and saxophone at Albion College, and instructor of clarinet and theory at Lansing Community College. As an active performer, Dr. Manasreh has enjoyed a diverse performing career throughout the United States and Europe. She has served as principal clarinet in the Alma Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Arkansas Philharmonic.  She currently performs with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and La Crosse Symphony. Dr. Manasreh completed her Bachelor of Music at Florida State University and her Master in Music from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. In the fall of 2016, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University.


Highway 66 from the West:
  • Follow Highway 66 east (Clark Street) through four traffic lights
  • Proceed one more block from the Division Street intersection (Business Hwy 51) to Phillips St.
  • Turn left on Phillips Street
  • Park in Lot R
Interstate 39 from the East/North/South:
  • Take the Business Hwy 51 Exit from I-39 (Exit #161)
  • Follow Business Hwy 51(Division St.) through 3 traffic lights
  • Turn left on Portage Street
  • Park in Lot Y, or Lot R
Highway 66 from the East: 
  • Follow Highway 66 west (Main Street) through seven traffic lights
  • Proceed four more blocks from the Michigan Avenue intersection to Phillips Street
  • Turn right on Phillips Street
  • Park in Lot R

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