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UND Clarinet & Saxophone Studio
The UND Single Reed Studio is committed to excellence in the instruction of clarinet and saxophone students, helping them reach their full potential as musicians and achieve their career goals. This is accomplished through weekly private lessons, studio classes, participation in large and small ensembles, and a wide variety of performance opportunities.
About the Program
UND Music Degrees include:
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education
- Bachelor of Music in Performance
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Master of Music in Music Education
- Master of Music in Performance
- Master of Music in Pedagogy
- Ph.D. in Music Education
UND Large Ensembles include:
- Wind Ensemble
- University Band
- 1:00 Jazz Ensemble
- 12:00 Jazz Ensemble
- Chamber Orchestra
- Musical Pit Orchestra
- Pride of the North Athletic Bands
Solo Opportunities Include:
- Weekly Studio Classes
- Student Showcases
- Studio Recitals
- Solo Recitals
UND Saxophone Quartet
The UND Saxophone Quartet is the premiere saxophone chamber ensemble at UND, featuring soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones playing high-level and diverse repertoire. This group has been selected for and performed at the International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the U.S. Navy Band, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, and numerous local events. Acceptance into the ensemble is by audition only.
UND Clarinet Choir
The UND Clarinet Choir is an ensemble comprised of music majors and non-majors. The instrumentation of this group most often includes E-flat, B-flat, alto, bass, and contrabass clarinets. The group rehearses for one hour each week with Dr. Sandberg, conductor, and performs at UND Music and community events.
Saxophone Quartets are open to music majors and non-majors. The instrumentation of the group may vary (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or alto, alto, tenor, baritone) based on repertoire and student interest. Each quartet will meet for two hours each week, one of which is a coaching with Dr. Sandberg. The ensembles will perform at least once a semester.
If you are interested in performing in a single reed chamber group, please contact Dr. Sandberg.
Meet the Studio
Faculty Dr. Scott Sandberg
Dr. Scott Sandberg currently serves as assistant professor of music and coordinator of woodwinds at the University of North Dakota. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician. Sandberg has performed internationally in China, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway, as well as across the United States at universities, festivals and numerous conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. A North Dakota native, he received a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa as a student of Kenneth Tse. His previous teaching engagements include the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Sandberg is a Conn-Selmer and Selmer Paris endorsing artist.
Where are you from? Grand Forks, ND
Why did you decide on UND? I decided on UND simply because my mom works here and I grew up with UND, as well as the fact that they had music therapy.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? My favorite part of being in the Single Reed Studio is that we are all just like a family. We get to perform for each other, but it’s an incredibly supportive environment,
What are your future goals? In the near future, I would like to work with young children as a music therapist either in a children’s hospital or school. I have a passion for working with children and have worked at a daycare since I was sixteen. I also have a passion for music and helping others, so music therapy was the perfect combination of all three for me.
What are some fun facts about yourself? I am obsessed with flamingos. I have flamingo pillows, flamingo string lights, flamingo stuffed animals, flamingo decorations, and I used to have a flamingo phone case. I am obsessed.
Where are you from? Larimore ND
Why did you decide on UND? The Music Faculty.
What ensembles are you in? Allegro, Wind Ensemble, and Clarinet Choir.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? We are all basically a family.
What is your instrument setup? R13 Greenline Buffet Clarinet, Bonade Ligature, Vandoren M15 mouthpiece, V21 reeds.
What do you like to do outside of music? What's outside of music?
What are your future goals? I would really like to work my way up to give a senior recital and also get my masters in Music Therapy.
What are some fun facts about yourself?
My wiener dog snickers is my best friend, I do a lot of competing with horses, I own 6 ukuleles, hiking is my favorite thing to do in the summer, and music therapy is my number one passion.
Where are you from? Mandan, North Dakota
Why did you decide on UND? I came here because the school has very good pre-health programs and I’m a huge UND hockey fan.
What ensembles are you in? Wind Ensemble, Marching Band/Hockey Band, and Clarinet Choir
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I love being in this studio, because you get to we always find topics to talk about that are beneficial to each individual in the studio and it is a safe place to perform and receive constructive notes on your performing skills.
What is your instrument setup? I have a Buffet E11 B-flat clarinet, Vandoren M13 mouthpiece, and Michelle Lurie #3 reeds.
What is your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? Rhombus Guys
What are your future goals? To become a fetal surgeon
Where are you from? South Milwaukee, WI
Why did you decide to play clarinet? My mother played clarinet in high school.
What ensembles are you in? Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Pride of the North.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I like the fact that I get to meet with people with similar interests and who are as passionate and serious about music as I am.
What do you like to do outside of music? I love reading and studying science.
What are your future goals? I want to be military psychologist and a musician.
Where are you from? LaMoure, ND (not to be confused with Larimore!!)
Why did you decide on UND? When Dr. Sandberg got the job here, I transferred from the University of Mary to follow him.
What ensembles are you in? I am in Wind Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble Chamber Players, Section 17 (the new music ensemble), and the UND Saxophone Quartet. I am also a saxophonist in North Dakota National Guard's 188th Army Band. In that organization I am in the concert band, jazz band, ceremonial band, and the Flatland Dixie Band.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? There is a lot of support from everyone in the studio. Everyone there has your back.
What is your instrument setup?
Alto sax: Yamaha Custom EX, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature, and Traditional Vandoren 3.5.
Tenor sax: Yamaha Custom EX, Vandoren T20 mouthpiece, Rovner MKIII ligature, and Traditional Vandoren 3.5.
Bari sax: Yamaha 62, Selmer S90 C* mouthpiece, Rovner MKIII ligature, and Traditional Vandoren 3.5.
What are your future goals? It is my goal for more people in the music and saxophone communities to realize the awesome potential that the bari sax has as a solo instrument. I want to premier pieces of all different levels for it. I also want to be the baritone saxophone player in a military premier band.
Where are you from? I moved to North Dakota from Okinawa, Japan, but have moved around a lot so it's difficult for me to say specifically.
Why did you decide on UND? Primarily because the weather (I love snow!) and the smaller class sizes.
Why did you decide to play saxophone? I originally took piano lessons and started band in eighth grade on flute, but after taking lessons in clarinet I had trouble breathing, so my teacher switched me to the tenor saxophone because it's in the same key as clarinet.
What ensembles are you in? Wind Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet
What is your instrument setup? Yanagisawa T-WO20, Vandoren T-20 mouthpiece, Olegature, Vandoren blue box reeds.
What is your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? Shing-Ya (They have the most authentic tasting Japanese food!)
What are your future goals? To live in Japan and (hopefully) become a band teacher there.
What are some fun facts about yourself? I lived overseas for almost half of my life (8 years) and have been to Germany, Italy, South Korea, and mainland Japan on vacation. I carry my sketchbook around with me all the time and am always happy to show my sketches!
Where are you from? Bismarck, ND
Why did you decide to play the saxophone? My dad bought an old saxophone at a garage sale on a whim, and I did not want him to think the purchase was a waste, so I attempted to play it. I ended up loving the sound, and soon after enrolled in lessons. I was in 7th grade.
What ensembles are you in? UND Saxophone Quartet and Red River Trio
What is your favorite part about being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I love the opportunity to have my playing critiqued by other musicians. It really opens my eyes to the areas of my playing that need improvement as well as the areas that I perform strongly in.
What is your instrument set-up? Selmer Super Action 80 Series II, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, Rovner Dark Alto Ligature, Vandoren/Legere reeds
What is your favorite piece at the moment: Fuzzy. Bird.
What are your future goals? My future goal is to be a practicing physician and have the time to play the saxophone in community ensembles!
Where are you from? I am from Milton, North Dakota, and attended High School in Langdon, North Dakota.
What ensembles are you in? I am in the UND Wind Ensemble and the UND Clarinet Choir, and have also played in the Pride of the North Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble Chamber Players.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I love the family atmosphere - everyone is very supportive of one another!
What are your future goals? I hope to be a band and/or choir teacher at the middle or high school level, and I dream of having my own clarinet studio some day!
What do you like to do outside of music? I love to read and to write, so much so that I almost chose an English major rather than a music major - though I'm very happy with what I'm doing!
Why did you decide on UND? It felt like home the minute I stepped onto campus for my first visit.
What ensembles are you in? Wind Ensemble and UND Sax Quartet.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I love all of the people in it, and it’s a great opportunity to practice performing in front of people without the high stakes of an actual performance.
What is your instrument setup? Yanagisawa W02 Alto, Selmer Concept mouthpiece, versa C* ligature (is this right? I can’t remember), Vandoren reeds
What is your favorite piece for saxophone at the moment? My favorite piece of music right now is “The Low Quartet” by Michael Gordon, arranged by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Sacawa for four baritone saxophones. However I’m working on “Hot Sonate” by Erwin Schulhoff and I’m pretty in love with that piece as well.
What are your future goals? In the future I see myself becoming a high school band director by day, but I would love to be part of an amazing saxophone quartet by night.
What are some fun facts about yourself? I can touch my tongue to my nose. Also, one half of my tongue is perpetually numb because of a wisdom teeth removal surgery gone wrong. I have an interesting tongue.
Where are you from? Carpentersville, IL
Why did you decide on UND? Music Therapy Program
Why did you decide to play clarinet? I liked all the buttons and I wanted to be like Squidward from the show Spongebob
What ensembles are you in? I am in the Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, and Marching Band
What is your favorite part of being a member of the Single Reed Studio? I love being able to share my love for music with people who share the same passion (and instrument) as myself. Being able to learn and grow from my peers is just amazing!
What is your instrument setup? I play on a Bliss Clarinet. My mouthpiece is a Vandoren M30 and I play on Vandoren (blue box) reeds strength 3
What is your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? Blue Moose is one of my favorites because they have to die for mac n cheese
What are your future goals? My future goals are to complete my coursework at UND, apply for a music therapy internship, and then eventually take the boards exam (pass) and become a board certified, licensed music therapist!
What are some fun facts about yourself? I was born with only one kidney, I have mastered the art of the slide whistle, and I am deathly afraid of ladybugs.
Where are you from? Horace, ND
Why did you decide on UND? I came to UND because of the professors in the music department
Why did you decide to play saxophone? I decided to play sax because my older brother did and I thought it was cool.
What ensembles are you in? I'm in the Wind Ensemble
What is your instrument setup? I play on a Yanagisawa AWO10 with a Selmer C* mouthpiece
What is your favorite piece at the moment? My favorite sax piece right now is a small ensemble piece called November Spring by Andre Ciomoitte
What is your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? The Blue Moose
What are some fun facts about yourself? I am in the 188th Army Band, and I've traveled to 9 countries other than the US
Would you like to learn more about the UND Single Reed Studio and Music Department?
Email us – we are happy to help!
- Instructor of clarinet and saxophone Dr. Scott Sandberg
- Music Department Undergraduate Advisor Tammy Mulske
Would you like a lesson with Dr. Sandberg?
Dr. Sandberg is happy to offer a lesson to all prospective students. Send him an email to schedule it – he can meet you either in person or via Skype!
Would you like a tour?
Schedule a UND campus tour.
Email Dr. Sandberg to schedule a UND Music Department visit. Depending on schedule this visit may be able to include a lesson with Dr. Sandberg, a department tour, or sitting in a music class.
Are you ready to apply?
- Graduate Admissions
- Apply for a Graduate Assistantship
- Schedule an Audition by contacting Dr. Sandberg. See Audition Requirements .
Are you wondering what to take care of now that you have been accepted?
- Prepare for the Keyboard (Piano) Proficiency Exam if you would like to test out of one or more Keyboard Skills classes.
- Prepare for the Theory Placement Exam.
- Put the Music Orientation on your calendar.
- Email Dr. Sandberg about an Applied Lesson Placement Audition if you did not perform a Scholarship Audition.