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The new saxophone instructor at the University of Maine is Eric Thomas https://umaine.edu/spa/eric-thomas/ Looking at his credentials, it makes me wonder if most universities have instructors who are heavy on both classical and jazz, or if their instructors tend to have one genre stronger than the other.
 

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The latter. Most big schools will have a saxophone instructor/professor who is a classical professor and also a jazz studies instructor/professor. Smaller schools might only have one or the other, or in some cases, have a "woodwind professor" or adjuncts teaching.
The new saxophone instructor at the University of Maine is Eric Thomas https://umaine.edu/spa/eric-thomas/ Looking at his credentials, it makes me wonder if most universities have instructors who are heavy on both classical and jazz, or if their instructors tend to have one genre stronger than the other.
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It's definitely a serious player who is accomplished at both, for sure.
 

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I suspect it's dependent upon how large the music program is at the school whether they have one person or multiple. FWIW, I know several players here in Colorado that have similar backgrounds/bios as Eric; Fred Hess, Mark Harris, Keith Oxman and Peter Sommer who basically has the same job Eric does but at CSU in Fort Collins. https://www.libarts.colostate.edu/people/psommer/

The competition for these high-end teaching jobs at colleges and universities is very stiff so it wouldn't surprise me if most of these positions are filled by folks with pretty serious chops in both areas these days as well as having the educational credentials that are typically required as well.
 
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