Becoming a member of the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble


The North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble is an audition-only honor ensemble, similar to Area and Region band. If you are a teacher who has potentially interested students, or if you are a student who is interested in joining the NJYSE for the 2018 season, please see the Audition Information tab above for audition dates and requirements.

About the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble

The North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble is an initiative to bring a unique chamber music experience to high school age saxophone students in northern New Jersey. Founded in 2013 by director Ryan Mantell, and officially named in 2015, this honor ensemble gives students a rare and exciting opportunity to work with the entire saxophone family and learn more about the instrument. The ensemble utilizes five voices of the saxophone family, from soprano through bass, to perform both transcribed and original literature for the saxophone ensemble medium. The ensemble’s aim is to develop advanced musicianship skills, particularly in the areas of tonal awareness, blend, and intonation, while working in an intimate chamber music setting.

 One of the ongoing initiatives of the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble is to inspire composers to write new music for the saxophone ensemble. As saxophone ensembles are becoming more popular throughout the country and the world, the need for high quality literature is growing as well. NJYSE commissioned its first new work in 2014, “Were I With Thee,” by James Aslanian, which was premiered at its 2015 recital performance (a multi-track recording of this piece can be heard here). Composers who are interested in writing music for the NJYSE should contact the director at njyouthsaxensemble@gmail.com.

About the Director


Ryan Mantell is a New Jersey based saxophonist and teacher. He has taught instrumental music in New Jersey at all levels K-12, and maintains a private studio of saxophone students as well. He is an active performer in New Jersey and New York, playing saxophone regularly for the New Jersey Wind Symphony (formerly Ridgewood Concert Band), The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra. Ryan received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with Performance Honors from Syracuse University, and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at Rutgers University. For more information, or if you are interested in studying with Ryan, visit his website at www.ryanmantell.com.