Applied Saxophone

"Growing up, my teachers made me feel like I could accomplish anything and encouraged me to follow my dreams. They helped me channel my passion for music and life into this rewarding journey. It is an honor and privilege to pass on that gift."

Anthony G. Kidonakis
Applied Saxophone, Jazz Studies, Arranging

About Anthony G. Kidonakis

Mr. Kidonakis joined the faculty of VanderCook in the Fall of 2009. He earned his bachelor of music education from Northern Illinois University, studying saxophone with distinguished research professor Steve Duke. Mr. Kidonakis performed and recorded with the NIU Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Squires, and toured the United States and Europe with the world-renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble and legends such as Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Ed Thigpen, Frank Foster and Wynton Marsalis under the direction of Ronald Carter. Mr. Kidonakis maintains an active performance schedule with numerous local musicians and has worked with recording artists such as The Drifters, Gene "The Duke of Earl" Chandler, and The Cryan Shames, including a guest appearance with The Redwalls on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He taught band for five years in Downers Grove Grade School District 58, and is the composer for the Paideia Projects, a series of video documentaries on the contributions of Ancient Greece to Western civilization. Mr. Kidonakis earned his master of music education from VanderCook College of Music in 2009, and a Master of Wind Performance and Literature from Northwestern University in 2012, studying saxophone with and serving as a teaching assistant for Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.

Life at VanderCook

The mission of the VanderCook saxophone studio is to support the artistic and professional aspirations of each student, and to establish the highest standard of performance while recognizing that each individual brings to the college their particular strengths and goals. In lessons, you and I will work on tone, technique, rhythm, interpretation, etudes, solo literature, and performance practice. You will be a member of the saxophone ensemble as well as a saxophone quartet, and are encouraged to join the jazz ensemble or jazz combo. There are numerous performance opportunities, such as recitals, seminar, all-school concerts, chamber music concerts, tours, festivals, clinics, and visitation days. You will also study arranging, jazz theory, improvisation, style, and pedagogy with me. While these topics are addressed during eventual coursework, I am always available to work with you and help guide you in these areas. The saxophone students are extremely supportive of one another, musically and personally. You will be surrounded by others who share your passion for music and care about your development. Most importantly, the VanderCook experience prepares you to teach at your fullest potential - this I truly believe. We hope you will join us.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study saxophone here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Anthony Kidonakis:
(312) 225-6288


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(312) 225-6288

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