Building a Chamber Group from the Ground Up: The Red Line Sax Quartet Story


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Doug O’Connor, a founding member of the award-winning Red Line Sax Quartet shares the story of how he and three fellow saxophonists created a nationally recognized chamber ensemble from the group up. Doug will also share his thoughts, advice, and tips for successfully starting and operating a chamber music group. For anyone looking to start a small ensemble, or for ideas to enhance your current ensemble, this webinar and discussion is a must attend!

Since the group began playing together in the Spring of 2008, Red Line has made a historic sweep of top prizes at America’s most renowned chamber music competitions, winning 1st prize in the 2010 North American Sax Alliance and Plowman competitions, grand prize at the 2010 Chesapeake and Coleman competitions, a Gold Medal at the 2009 Fischoff competition, and 1st prize at the MTNA chamber competition.

About the author

Stephen Danyew
Stephen Danyew

Steve Danyew is a composer, saxophonist, teacher, and arts administrator based in Rochester, NY. Danyew composes works for chamber ensembles, large instrumental ensembles, choirs and more, and currently serves as Managing Editor of His music has been hailed as “startlingly beautiful” and “undeniably well crafted and communicative” by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing “sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication” by the Kansas City Independent. Steve received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music.