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Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet


Formed in 1996, the Vancouver-based saxophone quartet Saxophilia has been committed to giving the highest quality performances of concert saxophone repertoire.  Its members include Julia Nolan on soprano saxophone, Kris Covlin on alto saxophone, David Branter on tenor saxophone, and Colin MacDonald on baritone saxophone.  All of the quartet members are active performers in Vancouver’s music community, as soloists and as band members in a wide variety of styles from classical to jazz to popular music.  This appreciation of a diversity of music informs the group’s choice of repertoire, which ranges from the standard repertoire of classical saxophone quartet, to contemporary music, to jazz arrangements and lighter fare. 

The quartet has been active in the new music community, appearing in the Vancouver New Music Festival 2004 and the Sonic Boom Festivals of 1999, 2000, and 2006.  Outside of Vancouver, the group has presented programs at regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance held in Victoria, Saskatoon, and Edmonton, and has performed at the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal.

Saxophilia successfully commissioned John Burke in 2004 for his piece Gyaling, assisted in the creation of Last Call by Derek Charke, and gave the Western Canada premiere of Peter Hannan’s Fast Truck Bop.  The group has also given the Canadian premiere of works by international composers such as Graham Fitkin, Erki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulva, David Kechley, and Michael Torke.


Julia Nolan, soprano saxophone
Kris Covlin, alto saxophone
David Branter, tenor saxophone
Colin MacDonald, baritone saxophone


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Performance Dates

Thursday, October 17, 2019 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Recital at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:30 pm Scherzinger concerto with Acadia University Wind Ensemble,

Acadaia University, Wolfville, NS

Past Performances

Friday, October 12, 2018  8:00 - 9:30 pm  VCC Faculty Concert, Vancouver Community College,

                          Vancouver, BC

Sunday, October 28, 2018  3:30 - 4:30 pm  Concerts Café Classico, Langley Community Music School,

                          Langley, BC

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Wednesday Noon Hours, UBC School of Music,

                          Vancouver, BC

Sunday, November 18, 2018  5 - 6 pm  Whistler Chamber Music Society, Whistler, BC

Wednesday, February 7, 2018  4 - 5:15 pm  Trinity Western University, Langley, BC


Wednesday, February 28, 2018  11 am - 12 pm  Calvin Presbyterian Church, 33911 Hazelwood Avenue,  

Abbotsford, BC


Friday, April 13, 2018  8 - 9 pm  CD Release Concert, CMC Creative Hub, 837 Davie St., Vancouver, BC

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