School of Music

Bill Street

Artist Faculty in Saxophone
Bill Street


Corthell Hall

Contact Information

Phone: 207-780-5265

Bill Street is currently an instructor of saxophone and jazz studies and coach of jazz ensembles at the University of Southern Maine. His undergraduate training was done in composition and woodwind performance at Michigan State University.

Mr. Street has played professionally and is known throughout New England for his original compositions as well as the Bill Street Jazz Quartet. He spent a number of years in the Boston area where he recorded commercially with Alan Dawson, Gary Burton, Charlie Mariano, Dick Johnson and Herb Pomeroy, and many others. Mr. Street also made public appearances with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, and Hal Crook, was featured in concert with McCoy Tyner, and has backed up a number of other well-known musicians. He has appeared with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Other public performances include the Maine Blueberry Festival, the Maine Festival, and the Deering Oaks Family Festival, as well as numerous private performances.

Mr. Street served as Director of the Maine All-Star Jazz Band (state competition) in 1980 and 1986, and as saxophonist in the Maine State Professional All-Star Jazz Ensemble in 1985. He is on the touring roster of the Maine Arts Commission, and is a member of the original board of Jazz Alliance of Maine, Maine's first jazz association.

Bill Street enjoys the research and study of acoustics that relate to instrument mouthpiece making, and has consequently created original mouthpiece designs for saxophones and clarinets which are used by jazz musicians and musicians in major symphony orchestras across the United States.


Auditions for: Portland Youth Symphony Orchestras, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, and Youth Choirs

USM Youth Ensembles

The USM Youth Ensembles invite young musicians and singers (ages 8-18) to audition for the following ensembles.

Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra
Portland Youth Wind Ensemble
Portland Youth Junior Orchestra
Portland Young Peoples String Consort
Southern Maine Youth Chorale
Southern Maine Children's Choir

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