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Saxophone, Classical

Saxophone Articulation Part 1 with Dr. Noa Even

with Vandoren Artist Noa Even

In Part 1 of this instructional video series, Vandoren Artist Dr. Noa Even explains and demonstrates the correct way to articulate on saxophone. Topics include the mechanics of tonguing, legato articulation and exercises to get you started.


0:46 It All Starts with Air
1:26 Exercise 1, long notes
1:56 Air Attacks
2:27 Exercise 2, short notes
2:47 Mechanics of Tonguing
3:36 Legato Articulation
3:53 Exercise 3, tonguing
4:30 Initial Articulation
5:02 Exercise 4, alternating
5:22 Review

More About Noa Even

Noa Even is a versatile saxophonist whose work as a performer and educator is dedicated to the arts of today. In addition to creating new music through commissioning and close collaboration with living composers, she interprets traditional concert music and improvises.

Atomic, Noa’s solo commissioning project, features works for saxophone, interactive electronics, and video that explore themes of human connection, such as support for the transgender community, immigration policies, and feelings of regret. Since premiering atomic in September 2019, Noa toured the program across the country, including appearances at several Michigan universities, Stack Overflow series’ Colombian Composer Collective Residency (Austin, TX), fp presents (Cleveland, OH), Fuse Factory (Columbus, OH), University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a guest artist visit to the University of Georgia as a 2019-2020 Willson Center Distinguished Artist.

Noa’s saxophone duo, Ogni Suono, has toured Asia, Europe, and North America since their formation in 2009. Most recently, they traveled to Taiwan and China to perform commissioned works and teach as guest clinicians. Much of the music Ogni Suono has commissioned can be found on their albums, Invisible Seams and SaxoVoce. In 2013, Noa formed Patchwork, a saxophone and drum set duo that continues to build an eclectic body of work for their unique instrumentation. Their debut, self-titled album, described as “bewitching” (ClevelandClassical.com), was released in May 2020 on New Focus Recordings. Both Ogni Suono and Patchwork combine university performances with master classes, student composers reading sessions, and discussions on entrepreneurship in the arts. Noa has also performed with Alia Musica Pittsburgh and Cleveland-based No Exit New Music Ensemble.

Noa is Lecturer and Head of Woodwinds at Rowan University. She was on faculty at Kent State University from 2013-2020 and has served as sabbatical replacement at the University of Oregon. She holds a DMA in contemporary music from Bowling Green State University, a master’s degree in performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s in performance and music education from Northwestern University. Additional studies include the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt, where she studied with Jean-Michel Goury. Her other primary instructors include John Sampen, Debra Richtmeyer, and Fred Hemke.

Noa is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and on the Vandoren Artist Roster.