Soren Hamm

Soren H.

Tacoma, WA
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Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an award-winning saxophonist with experience teaching students from beginning elementary to advanced high school levels. My style of teaching is interdisciplinary, tailored to each student's needs and goals, and focuses on artistry and technique equally. Students should expect to not only see noticeable progress in their first few lessons, but also develop the skills and knowledge to grow into competent and compelling musicians ready to leave their mark on the world!
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About

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Soren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2014

After a decade of studying and performing music around the country, I have recently returned to my roots in the Puget Sound region! I hold an MM from Bowling Green State University and a BM from the University of Oregon, both degrees in music performance but focusing specifically on the saxophone.

Every saxophonist has a unique sound, unique aspirations, and a unique musical identity. I believe that with focused regular practice, a solid grasp of technique/sound concept, and clear personal goals, students can take ownership of this identity and reach their full potential in any style or genre. I happily teach all ages and ability levels; my students have ranged from beginning fourth grader, to high school senior preparing for music in college.

My background is primarily in classical and contemporary music. I regularly take on a wide variety of performance projects, from traditional saxophone fare to the avant-garde. Recent performances include:

-radio broadcasts on KING FM, WGTE FM (Toledo, OH), and the nationally distributed program Performance Today;
-guest recitals at Ball State University and Fredonia State University of New York;
-new music festivals across the Midwest;
-a tour of public schools and remote community centers throughout western Washington; and
-Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium.

I am also passionate about chamber ensembles. Currently, I perform with a flute/saxophone/French horn trio, which, in less than a year together, has commissioned 6 new works for this new combination of instruments. One of the greatest joys in music is the special bond we make with others -- musicians, composers, and audiences -- through the creation of new music. I live for this joy, and strive to pass it on to each of my students.

Please message me before purchasing lessons! TakeLessons does not allow messages between you purchasing and me accepting new lessons. I am more than happy to answer any questions, and look forward to meeting you and helping you/your child become a better musician!

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Experience

Saxophone Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
(self-employed)

I currently teach saxophone in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, and previously taught in northwestern Ohio


Education

Master of Music Performance
Aug 2016 - May 2018
Bowling Green State University
Post-Baccalaureate Study, Music Education
Sep 2013 - Apr 2015
Western Washington University
Certificate
Jul 2012 - Aug 2012
Université Européenne de Saxophone à Gap (France)
Bachelor of Music Performance
Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
University of Oregon

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Education Certificate, State of Washington
May 2015
Western Washington University

Endorsement: Secondary Instrumental Music

Awards

Winner, Frances Walton Competition, Solo Division
Jun 2018
Ladies Musical Club of Seattle
Second Place, Wayland Chamber Music Competition, Graduate Division
Apr 2018
Bowling Green State University
First Place, NWMTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition
Feb 2016
Northwest Music Teachers National Association
Winner, Frances Walton Competition, Ensemble Division
Jun 2015
Ladies Musical Club of Seattle
First Place, NWMTNA Chamber Winds Competition
Feb 2015
Northwest Music Teachers National Association
Winner, Concerto Competition
Mar 2014
Western Washington University
Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Woodwinds, Class of 2012
Jun 2012
University of Oregon

Affiliations

North American Saxophone Alliance
Jan 2009

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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Photos & Videos

Equus Saxophone Quartet performs at KING FM's studio in Seattle (I'm on the left, playing the straight soprano saxophone)
Concertino da Camera (II. Larghetto; Animato molto) by Jacques Ibert (audio only)
Imaginary Canary by Colleen Miller
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Shallete May 30, 2019
Saxophone · In home

Soren has been an amazing music teacher to our 10 year old son who just took up beginning band in 4th grade and wanted to learn the saxophone. Our son always enjoys his lessons with Soren even when it’s at the end of a Monday evening; Soren gives our son a good balance of challenge and has an easy going style which has helped our boy enjoy his lessons while learning a lot.

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