February 15, 2020, 8 am – 12 pm

Naperville Central High School

2/15 Solo and Ensemble Performance Schedule

Volunteers are needed for the event.  Great opportunity for student volunteer hours!  

(click on link to sign up)

2/14/20 setup help 3:30-4:30pm

2/15/20 event and clean up help (various times)


Featuring a Master Class and Performance by

Nois Saxophone Quartet

  • 10 am Master Class 
  • 11 am Performance
  • Both events in the NCHS Choir Room (84).  Use Door 21 to enter NCHS from the south side parking lots
  • Free admission; no tickets required
  • Nois Saxophone has partnered with Vandoren Paris for this event.  Vandoren will have a representative at NCHS to offer samples of reeds to students.  A special mouthpiece will also be awarded to one lucky saxophone student.


Event Details

Saturday, February 15th is our District 203 High School Solo and Ensemble Festival at NCHS.   The Festival will include students from NCHS and NNHS.

NNHS students may use room 81H to store coats and instrument cases (near the NCHS Band Room 83)

Here is the solo and ensemble performance schedule for the morning. You will notice that there are four colors of ‘blocks’ The time range for your ‘color’ is as follows:

  • Block 1: 8 – 8:40AM (yellow)
  • Block 2: 8:45 – 9:25AM (green)
  • Block 3: 9:30 – 10:10AM (aqua) 
  • Block 4: 10:15 – 11:00AM (purple)
  • On the sheets for each instrument group (percussion, brass, woodwinds)  you will find your performance time range and room number. 

Thank you to Mrs. Engman who has been chairing our Solo and Ensemble and has worked tirelessly work in conjunction with support from our Band Booster Association, thank you! 

This year we will have guest chamber ensemble “Nois Saxophone Quartet” in the Choir room (84).  They will hold a master class at 10 AM and give a performance at 11 AM! We encourage you to check out their videos, read their bios, and get to know our guests before they arrive! All students and parents are invited and encouraged to attend the performance!  Nois Saxophone has partnered with Vandoren Paris for this event.  Vandoren will have a representative at NCHS to offer samples of reeds to students.  A special mouthpiece will also be awarded to one lucky saxophone student.


A few reminders:

  • Warm up in the practice rooms before your assigned ‘block of time.’
  • Please plan on being in your room for the entirety of the 40 minute block.
  • Pay attention to your peers as they receive feedback, this will help you learn and grow.
  • Dress nicely!
  • All will be asked to attend the masterclass/performance of Nois Saxophone Quartet at 11 AM in the Choir Room.
    • You will be out of the building by lunch.
  • Take advantage of the presence graciously offered from Ellmans Music, Vandoren, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra!
  • Treat our friends from NNHS with GREAT hospitality!
  • Good Luck and thank you for being apart of special day of learning and sharing of ideas.

Nois is a Chicago-based saxophone quartet that defies categorization by working between the boundary of contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Founded in 2016, Nois (pronounced “noise”) has quickly emerged as one of the premier young ensembles in the United States. Known for their “ masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), Nois has been awarded prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Second Prize in the Open Division of the 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition and the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

In addition to regular concerts in its home of Chicago, Nois actively tours across the United States with appearances at festivals such as Big Ears, the Continuum Music Festival, the Re:Sound Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Omaha Under the Radar. The quartet had the honor of being one of three guest artists for the University of Chicago’s inaugural season of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. ~Nois is in demand as a guest artist and lecturer at universities across the nation with residencies and performances at institutions such as the University of Colorado – Boulder, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University.

Dedicated to expanding and redefining the saxophone quartet repertoire, Nois has premiered over 30 pieces including works by 2019 Gaudeamus Prize winner Kelley Sheehan and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Tonia Ko. The quartet has performed with the Bang On A Can All-Stars, Claire Chase, Eighth Blackbird, and indie rock band My Brightest Diamond.

Nois is Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, and Brandon Quarles. www.noissaxophone.com

 Free admission; no tickets required.