A standard for tonal excellence in the world of reed music; uncanny control and expression – The Record
An extraordinary musician who showed every facet of his family of instruments –Hamilton Spectator
He spins long, lyrical melodies on his saxophone and negotiates the most virtuosic passages. The real surprise is his beautiful tone, which can be both luminous and dramatic. – Stratford Concerts
With intense energy, musicality and obvious passion, Willem left us feeling that we had been well entertained and had our musical views very gently widened. It was a great experience. – Bobcaygeon Music Council
The most beautiful tenor saxophone sound I have ever heard – Paul Brodie O.C. (1934-2007). Read my interview with Paul
”Willem is an excellent saxophone educator: patient but relentless demanding attention to tone and proper technique.”
Juan E. Muñoz, MD and sax student
“Willem is not only a professional artist on the saxophone but also a very patient, sensitive and highly motivated teacher with lots of experience. So glad to have him as my teacher!”
Martin Giebel , pastor and online student
“Willem’s passion and insight as an instructor has inspired me not only to improve my performance ability but to go beyond what I thought I was capable of. I look forward to passing on his knowledge and insight to my students in the future.”
Lizuarte De Sousa, saxophonist and teacher
And here from a student and his mother:
“Willem has been teaching me for four years, since I turned 11.
Willem teaches at a fast pace, and it isn’t easy, but if you stay with him
you will grow more than with any other teacher.
My confidence has grown a lot. I am comfortable on stage, and speaking publicly.
I have been able to join groups like the KW Symphony Youth Concert Band and Senior Bands at Eastwood Collegiate, at a younger age than most other players.
And even though I’m the youngest I am respected for my playing.
I owe my playing skill to Willem.
I couldn’t ask for a better teacher.”
“Andrew, 15, has been working with Willem for four years.
I greatly appreciate his professional approach which keeps the program moving forward,
and constantly challenges Andrew.
Willem’s expectations are very high, and when Andrew earns praise
he knows that he has accomplished something significant.
As Andrew’s ability increased Willem facilitated opportunities to support this growth.
Willem prepared Andrew for auditions, and recommended him for participation at National Music Camp, where he instructs. These experiences have allowed Andrew to grow not only as a saxophonist,
but as a person as well.
Willem is a valued saxophone teacher, mentor and role model.”