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Notification from 19th World Saxophone Congress organizing committee

Currently, Japan is dealing with the 7th wave of coronavirus infection, and inbound travel is limited to package-tour travel, which means entry into Japan is still quite limited. These travel restrictions are much stricter compared to other countries, and we must follow these immigration policies of the Japanese Government.

Additionally, the unstable situation between Russia and Ukraine makes it very difficult to hold the WSC in person, where all can participate safely, freely and equally from various countries around the world, which is the ideal of the organizing committee. The situation also causes safety issues of flight, increased travel time, and increased travel expenses that will place a heavy burden on participants.

Another major problem is that the worsening economic situation of music industry in Japan. It has made it difficult for sponsors provide adequate support to hold the WSC.

Even though you have permitted us to re-postpone the WSC to July 2023, we think that the WSC should not be postponed any longer because the circumstances as previously stated are not likely to be resolved by 2023.

After careful consideration, we think that we are forced to make the painful decision to cancel the WSC in Japan.We would like to leave the future of WSC to the International Saxophone Committee.

We sincerely apologize to everyone around the world who was looking forward to attending the WSC in Japan.We hope that the current world unrest will be resolved and that a meaningful WSC will be held in the near future.

Best regards,The19th WSC Holding Committee.
2022.7.31

Holding Committee President, Kazuo Tomioka
Committee Chair Toshikazu Nagase
Members: Yushi Ishiwata, Masato Ikegami, Toshihisa Ogushi, Nobuya Sugawa,Shinichi Iwamoto, Hitomi Hara, Kinichi Nakamura,Masashi Ohshiro, Taku Ueda, Norihiko Takiue, Makoto Asari,Junichi Sato,Ryota Nomura, Wataru Sato, Yuki Inoue

International Saxophone Committee

Welcome to the website of the International Saxophone Committee. Supporting the World Saxophone Congress.

The year 2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first World Saxophone Congress, held in Chicago. Originally conceived by Paul Brodie and quickly joined by Eugene Rousseau, six goals were established to help elevate the status of the saxophone. The goals included the commission and performance of new repertoire, the presentation of recital programs and clinics, and the establishment of methods of communication among saxophonists. The past eighteen Congresses have succeeded in fostering the creation of hundreds of new compositions for the saxophone in a wide range of genres. Each Congress has offered outstanding performances and invaluable clinics and master classes by the leading performers and teachers of our instrument.

The Congress has expanded from a one-day gathering in 1969 to the present five-day event. The past fifty+ years have seen a tremendous growth in the enthusiasm for our instrument as evidenced by the many gifted young artists who have performed at the Congresses. Congresses have been held in the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Thailand, Scotland, France and Croatia.

Perhaps the most important aspect of these gatherings is the spirit of camaraderie present at each Congress. The performances have often been brilliant and the music remarkable, but for many, an equally important aspect of these meetings is the opportunity to meet with old friends and to make new ones. The willingness of colleagues to discuss their experiences and share their insights has made each Congress extraordinary.

The World Saxophone Congress presents an opportunity to meet saxophonists from many countries, to attend clinics and lectures, and to listen to various concerts and performances by saxophone soloists, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, wind ensembles, and symphony orchestras.

Thomas Liley
Author of A Brief History of the World Saxophone Congress 1969-2000.