Youth Saxophone Ensemble
Commissioning Consortium

One of the ongoing initiatives of the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble is to inspire composers to write new music for the saxophone ensemble. As saxophone ensembles are becoming more popular throughout the country, and the world, the need for high quality literature is growing as well. As part of this initiative, director Ryan Mantell, and the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble have teamed up with composer Chris Cresswell and are excited to invite you to join their new commissioning consortium to create a new SSAAATTBBBs saxophone ensemble work.

When you join the consortium, you’ll receive:

A new saxophone ensemble work (7'-9') for SSAAATTBBBs delivered on February 1st, 2018

Exclusive performance rights through February 1st, 2019

A Skype rehearsal/meeting with your ensemble (if desired) to be scheduled in 2018, 
to rehearse the piece, discuss what it is like to be a composer, etc.


You will receive a signed score with a personal dedication to you and your ensemble and will receive co-commissioning credit on all future versions of the piece, the composer’s website, etc. Members of the consortium will have the performance exclusivity from February 1st, 2018 to February 1st, 2019.  

Join the consortium for $200 through the link below, or request an invoice.

The deadline to join the consortium is January 1, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the commission, contact Chris Cresswell at To hear samples of Chris Cresswell’s work, visit


Chris Cresswell - Composer

As a composer, guitarist, and teaching artist, Chris Cresswell has shared stages with Pulitzer Prize winning poets and top 40 country stars, symphony orchestras and first time musicians. His work as a composer has been heard on stages and screens around the world. He is the founder of 315 Ensemble, which is dedicated to performing electro-acoustic music. His viola concerto, the inner workings of a throat exposed, received its world premiere at the BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium in December 2016 and his chamber work, I find I have less to say was recorded by Decibel at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Bath, England in January 2017. He is currently working on an opera for the Birmingham, England based company, Flat White Opera that will premiere at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, as well as a new work for youth wind ensemble and electronics in partnership with Composers and Schools in Concert. He recently returned to the US from the UK where he studied with Joe Cutler and Ed Bennett at Birmingham Conservatoire and was a visiting lecturer with Birmingham Junior Conservatoire.

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Ryan Mantell - Artistic Director of NJYSE

Ryan Mantell is a New Jersey based saxophonist and teacher. He has taught instrumental music in New Jersey at all levels K-12, and maintains a private studio of saxophone students as well. He is an active performer in New Jersey and New York, playing saxophone regularly for the Ridgewood Concert Band and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra. Ryan received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with Performance Honors from Syracuse University, and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at Rutgers University. For more information, or if you are interested in studying with Ryan, visit his website at


North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble - 

The North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble is an initiative to bring a unique chamber music experience to high school age saxophone students in northern New Jersey. Founded in 2013 by director Ryan Mantell, and officially named in 2015, this honor ensemble gives students a rare and exciting opportunity to work with the entire saxophone family and learn more about the instrument. The ensemble utilizes five voices of the saxophone family, from soprano through bass, to perform both transcribed and original literature for the saxophone ensemble medium. The ensemble’s aim is to develop advanced musicianship skills, particularly in the areas of tonal awareness, blend, and intonation, while working in an intimate chamber music setting.