Scott Burns

jazz saxophonist

In addition to performing, I have been involved in education for over 20 years, working with students at a variety of levels/ages.  Currently, I am on the faculty at the following Universities and programs:

  • DePaul University
    • Applied Jazz Saxophone Instructor
  • Loyola University Chicago
    • Jazz Ensemble Director, Applied Jazz Saxophone Instructor, Jazz History Lecturer
  • Columbia College Chicago
    • Applied Jazz Saxophone Instructor
  • Birch Creek Music Performance Center Academy (Door County, WI)
    • Jazz Combo Director, Jazz Saxophone Instructor,  Clinician

I am also available for  clinics, guest artist and adjudication services.  Topics include:  Saxophone sound production and technique, Jazz Improvisation/Theory,  Ear training & transcription techniques, ensemble coaching (big band and combo), and related subjects. 

Recent clinician/guest artist/adjudication  appearances:

  • Iowa Jazz Championships - adjudication of top class of high school jazz ensembles state-wide. (2016) 
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Jazz Heritage Festival - guest performer, clinic on jazz improvisation &  ear training. (2016)
  • Libertyville School District Jazz Festival - guest performer, large ensemble director, clinic on jazz improvisation.  (2016)
  • North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Jazz Competition 
    • Final round adjudication at 2014 conference (University of Illinois - Champaign, IL)
    • Preliminary round adjudication (2016)
  • Merit School of Music Jazz Showcase - guest performer and ensemble coach.  An outreach program associated with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  (2016)
  • Louis Armstrong Celebration (Chicago) - adjudication of Chicago Public School jazz ensembles (2015, 2016)
  • New Trier High School Jazz Festival - adjudication and guest directing of high school jazz ensembles from the upper Midwest region (2015)


Previous positions and clinics:

  • Northwestern University High School Music Institute
    • full time Jazz Faculty
  • Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Chicago Chapter
    • private instruction 
  • Greg Fishman Jazz Studios
    • private instruction 
  • University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    • guest clinician 
  • Bowling Green State University
    • guest soloist/clinician
  • University of Illinois
    • guest clinician 
  • Near North Montessori School
    • private instruction 
  • Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts
    • private instruction 

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