2023 NASA Region 9 Conference

The North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) is pleased to announce its 2023 Region 9 Conference. The three-day conference will be held on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Alberta, February 16—18, 2023.
Renowned artists/scholars Claude Delangle, Odile Delangle, and Philippe Leroux will give lectures, masterclasses and concerts as guests of the conference. We will also feature selected saxophone concerti with the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a concert open to the public at 2pm, Saturday February 18, 2023.

We are very pleased to host the 2023 NASA Region 9 Conference.

Your hosts,
Dr. Allison Balcetis and Dr. William Street


Program Booklet

View the full conference program booklet HERE.

Detailed Schedule

A detailed schedule, subject to minor changes, may be found HERE.  

Schedule Overview

Thursday February 16, 2023
  • 5:00 - 7:15 | Conference Registration
  • 7:30 | Opening Evening Concert
Friday February 17, 2023
  • 9:00 - 12:00 | Conference sessions
  • 12:00 - 1:30 | Lunch break
  • 1:30 - 5:00 | Conference sessions
  • 5:00 - 7:30 | Dinner break
  • 7:30 - 9:30 | Claude & Odile Delangle Recital
Saturday February 18, 2023
  • 9:00 - 10:00 | Masterclass
  • 10:00 - 12:00 | Conference sessions
  • 12:00 - 2:00 | Lunch
  • 2:00 | Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerti Concert
  • 6:30 | Dinner at the University of Alberta Faculty Club*

* Advanced registration and payment is necessary to secure your spot for the dinner. Dinner registration is now CLOSED.

Claude Delangle

400x560_claude-delanglejean-christophe-messonnier.jpegClaude Delangle has been teaching saxophone at the Paris Conservatoire since September 1988. In the same year he founded the European Saxophone University in Gap for which he also serves as the artistic director.
At the request of Pierre Boulez, he performed as a soloist and with the Ensemble Intercontemporain from 1986 to 2000. A close friend of Luciano Berio, he premiered his Saxophone Concerto, Chemin VII - Récit, and performed with him at the Norton Lectures at Harvard University, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, at the Tisch Center in New York, at the Cologne Philharmonic and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

Delangle’s collaborations with world-renowned conductors and orchestras are numerous and among them are Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Kent Nagano, Armin Jordan - with whom he recorded Claude Debussy's Rhapsody with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra for Erato at the age of 23 -, Myung Whun Chung, Lawrence Foster and Leonard Slatkin and many others. An enthusiastic promoter of French wind instruments, he also plays with the Garde Républicaine, the French Air Force, the French national Police force and the US Navy.

Claude Delangle has premiered 150 works by an impressive catalogue of composers which include Berio, Amy, Denisov, Dufourt, Grisey, Jolas, Piazzolla, Stockhausen, Taïra, Campana, Dubedout, Durieux, Hosokawa, and much more. He has also made fifteen recordings for BIS and participated in monographic recordings of works by Claude Debussy, Anton Webern, Luciano Berio, Edison Denisov, Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Grisey and Philippe Leroux for Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Erato and Verany.

Delangle has been performing for four decades with his wife, the pianist Odile Catelin-Delangle, professor at the École Normale de Musique de Paris. He also actively participates in the development of Henri-Selmer-Paris saxophones and is responsible for a collection at the Editions Henry-Lemoine-Paris where he has published many works by his composer friends of several generations.

Claude Delangle is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres as well as a priest in the parish of Saint-Germain-et-saint-Cloud in Louveciennes, Deanery of France of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Western and Southern Europe.

Translation Christopher Bayton XIV.VI.MMXXII

Odile Delangle

The pianist Odile Catelin-Delangle was born in Avignon, France. Her predilection for chamber music led has her to perform with numerous partners: with Philippe Cuper (solo clarinetist at the Opera Orchestra of Paris) in Australia, during musical cruises with the cellist Alain Meunier, with oboist David Walter, and violinist Alexis Galpérine. She has toured extensively with percussionist, Jean Geoffroy, accordionist, Max Bonnay and singer, Susanna Moncayo. Presently she is working with the violinist Diana Cazaban and is recording the Beethoven Quintet with the Diastema Quartet. Her repertoire is vast and shows a great appreciation for twentieth century music. She has performed in eighty premieres (Denisov, Taïra, Nodaïra, Hosokawa, Louvier, etc.) and has carried out regular work with numerous composers as an interpreter but also as pedagogue in her class at the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris where she receives many foreign students (Europe, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Taiwan, China, Japan).

She also gives master classes on French music and has a predilection for Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen and Dutilleux. It was at the Ecole Normale where she carried out her advanced studies under the direction of the great pedagogue Germaine Mounier and where she obtained her “Teaching degree” and her “Concert degree”, unanimously. She owes her particular sense of phrasing and colour to the master classes received from the great pedagogue Maria Curcio. Since the 80s she has visited every corner of the planet with her husband, the saxophonist Claude Delangle, and has recorded with him about fifteen discs, mainly for the Swedish firm BIS. Their encounter dates back to their common beginnings at the Conservatoire National de Région in Lyon. Mrs. Delangle has been awarded at the international competitions Maria Canals of Barcelona (Spain) and of Geneva (Switzerland).

Philippe Leroux

philippe-leroux_800x800.jpgPhilippe Leroux studied at the CNSMD in Paris with P.Schäeffer, I.Malec and also O.Messiaen and I.Xénakis before being appointed resident at the Villa Médicis in Rome. His 90 works have been performed in numerous American, European and Asian festivals. He has been performed by the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Intercontemporain, NEM Montreal, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Avanta, Klangforum Wien. He has received awards such as the S.C.d.Duca Foundation Prize from the Institut de France, and the A.Honegger Prize from the Fondation de France for his entire work. In 2022, his opera L'annonce faite à Marie was unanimously acclaimed by the press. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, he has published numerous articles and lectured at the Collège de France, Harvard, Moscow Conservatory, and IRCAM Paris where he taught from 2001 to 2006. Since 2011, he is Associate Professor of Composition at the McGill Schulich School of Music in Montreal. His discography includes some 40 CDs, including 9 monographs.

Campus Tower Suite Hotel


Beginning at $140 (plus tax)/night. Find guest room reservation information HERE. Book by January 24, 2023.

UofA Conference Services and Accommodations


Beginning at $109 (plus tax)/night for individuals. Group rate of $99 (plus tax)/night.

Varscona on Whyte


Beginning at $143 (plus tax)/night.


Registration is free, though you must be an active member of NASA by the first day of the conference. Membership renewal can be done here.

In order to prepare for your visit, please fill out this form indicating your intent to attend whether you are presenting or only watching by February 1, 2023.

Contact Information

For more information, please email Allison Balcetis (balcetis@ualberta.ca).



Presenters are asked to please submit your program information using this form no later than January 18, 2023.

Guest Artists and Performers

To our dear guest artists and performers attending the NASA conference, if you are in need of a collaborative pianist, we have a few esteemed local musicians who are available to work with you. Below is a list of their names and contact information. 

Please reach out to them directly to sort out payment and a rehearsal schedule.

Maria Protodyakonov

Heather McGuire

Rose Ka Yuk Yam

Banner photo by Ignat Dolomanov on Unsplash