Join us as we kick off a new series entitled Arts in the Roanoke Valley (AiRV) for a glimpse into the lives and inspiration of everyday folks like you and me, people whose stories are yet to be told. The passion and high standard of professional saxophonist and Radford University instructor Dr. Sheldon Johnson is certainly no exception, and his outstanding effort in developing the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Saxophone Intensive program with the annual RSO Summer Music Institute.
Mr. Johnson is currently the saxophone instructor at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, having previously taught at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. His saxophone teachers include David Jacobsen, Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Bryson Borgstedt, and Clifford Leaman.
What is SMI?
SMI is a week-long intensive camp for aspiring young musicians, packed with a high degree of education, activity and training. SMI instructors are professionally accomplished and uniquely fitted to provide the utmost learning experience and is held each Spring for one week on the historic Hollins University campus grounds. Fees include lodging (for overnight campers), food and instruction. Both day and overnight options are generally available.
Did you know such excellence was sitting right here in our own front yards? We’re looking forward to sharing more from this exemplary program in the days to come. Stay tuned.
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