William Street

William Street

BandClassical

Biography

WILLIAM STREET joined the University of Alberta in 1988 as saxophone and chamber music professor and wind band conductor. Formerly Wind and Percussion Coordinator of the Department of Music and Conductor of the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Professor Street is now Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Music. He has presented concerts throughout Europe, North America, Japan and Thailand and has recorded héliosaxo, twentieth century music for saxophone and piano, My Very First Solo (Arktos - SRI- CD 200367), - with Roger Admiral featuring works by Heider, Jan Bach, Swerts, Albright, Fisher and Denisov and Westwind a recording of new works for saxophone – solo and in duos with piano, organ and percussion - by Western Canadian composers. He recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, a CBC 5000 compact disc recording Electra Rising by Malcolm Forsyth. This disc was awarded a JUNO: Best Classical Recording of 1997. Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra was runner up for Best Classical recording of 1998. His teachers and mentors include George Etheridge, Frederick Hemke and Jean-Marie Londeix. He performs frequently with pianist Roger Admiral and saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix and tours bi-annually. He has presented master classes (and was a 2004 adjudicator) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, The Royal College of Music in London, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand and he has been a member of the European Saxophone University faculty. He adjudicated for the 2007 music examinations at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Bordeaux. Street performs regularly with the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet and Edmonton’s Improvisation Group Flux and tours internationally annually with the Quatuor International de Saxophones, composed of colleagues from France, USA and Japan. He is a past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) and just completed his third term as Secretary of the World Saxophone Congress. He is a member of the advisory committee of the World Saxophone Congress to be held in 2009 Bangkok, Thailand. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he performed a concert tour in the US with Roger Admiral and a concert tour in Japan, Thailand and France with the Quatuor International de Saxophones. Mr. Street has adjudicated at international music competitions in France, Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Canada, USA and Thailand.

At the University of Alberta, Professor Street has served on the Departmental level as Associate Department Chair, Graduate Coordinator and on Scholarship and Curriculum committees, as member and chair. At the faculty level: Faculty Evaluation Committee (FEC), Support for the Advancement of Scholarship Committee (SAS) and their sub-committees; and at the University level: Chair University Awards and Scholarship Committee, General Faculties Council Executive (GFC) Committee and GFC Chair selection Committee representative for numerous searches at the Chair and Dean level.

Discography

Westwind, Canadian Music for Saxophone - 2007 (ELECTRA)