The Scottish Saxophone Academy is committed to hosting and promoting saxophone education and performance events. SSA events include residential weekends, week long courses, saxophone play days, school events, masterclasses, and concerts.
Keen to build upon the success of the 16th World Saxophone Congress that took place in St Andrews, 2012, Directors Sue McKenzie and Mike Brogan founded the SSA to cater for the growing number of young musicians and keen amateurs seeking further learning and performance opportunities within Scotland. Our courses and events are suitable for all ages and playing abilities, from beginners through to advanced students. As well as providing opportunities to rehearse and perform in large and small ensemble settings, study repertoire in a range of styles, and develop your reading and improvisation skills, we can provide expert one-to-one tuition and technical advice on all aspects of your saxophone playing.
We are proud to host the International Masterclass Series, a new initiative which provides Scottish saxophonists with the opportunity to learn from guest tutors from around the world. Whether you wish to perform in a masterclass, or simply watch as an audience member, you can receive expert advice and see some of the world's top saxophonists in action. Past IMS guests include Dr Jennifer Bill (USA), Jose A. Zayas Caban (USA), Philippe Geiss (France), David Milne (USA), Konrad Wiszniewski (UK), and Lynn Klock (USA).
Sue is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist and as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary saxophonists she has given UK and Scottish premieres of many new works for saxophone as well as commissioning new music.
Sue was an Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress and is also one half of the McKenzie Sawers Duo whose debut album, “The Coral Sea” was released on Delphian Records.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Sue also studied in the US, Japan and Portugal (with Lynn Klock / Eugene Rousseau / David Murray - World Saxophone Quartet) and is a past winner of the British Clarinet and Saxophone Society Young Performers Competition and a Royal Overseas League Woodwind Finalist. Sue performed on Yehudi Menuhin’s “Live Music Now!” scheme and has regularly been an invited solo recitalist at the British and World Saxophone Congress as well as performances with Celebr8 (Scottish Ballet) and the BBC SSO.
She led and wrote for her first international band, Dark Grooves, at the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and performs regularly with Salsa Celtica and the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra.
Michael Brogan BMus (Hons) is a professional musician based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He began his studies at the junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, then London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since enjoyed a freelance career as a performer and educator. Mike is a Henri Selmer Paris Performing Artist, and D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.
Upon graduation, Mike was appointed Chairman and Principal Baritone of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain. and led their tours of China, Holland, Thailand, and their appearance at the Prague Fringe Festival. He was Assistant Director of the 16th World Saxophone Congress, and is a member of the Scottish Saxophone Ensemble and the Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, whose recent ‘Perpetual Motion’ album featured new works by Barbara Thompson.
Mike is saxophone tutor at Napier University and Edinburgh University, and has tutored extensively on courses and workshops across the UK for the Youth Music Initiative and the Live Music Now! schemes.
Mike is co-Director of Transgressive North, a music and film collective which has worked with artists including Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet, Son Lux, Irvine Welsh, Owen Pallett, Deerhoof, Sheila Stewart, and Alexander McCall Smith.