Biography

Heralded as “highly virtuosic” (The Saxophonist) and “a saxophonist in command of his instrument, with no shortage of hues in his playing” (Dr. Bob Fuson II), saxophonist Nicholas May is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer that is quickly garnering attention for his compelling programs comprising transcriptions of works written originally for the violin that have been described as “Incredible, bringing to life some of the best music that has ever been written” (Maestro Hughes, Arapahoe Philharmonic). Since his solo debut at the age of sixteen with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, May’s career has taken him throughout the United States, Singapore, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark appearing recurrently as a guest artist and recitalist. 

May has performed as a soloist with the Mid America Freedom Band, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Saxophone Choir, Classical Saxophone Project, Baker University Jazz Combo and Big Band, Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Orchestra, University of Nebraska - Lincoln Wind Ensemble, and the Lincoln Symphony OrchestraMay has recorded for Albany Records (Tone Studies: the Saxophone Music of David Maslanka) and is also featured on the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Jazz Orchestra’s album, The Good Life. He additionally is preparing a 2021 release with Orpheus Classical with Ashlin Duo partner, pianist Maya Tuylieva.

 

Nicholas is the alto saxophonist and co-founder of The TCBSQ, a saxophone quartet committed to sharing the beauty and majesty of the saxophone with the listening public. Known for their vibrant and colorful sounds, they have delighted audiences throughout the country with programs that demonstrate both mastery and musical accessibility to the listener. 

 

Committed to the empowerment of musicians and artists of all kinds, Nicholas is a passionate saxophone pedagogue, chamber music coach, consultant, and speaker. He is the Director of Operations and Instructor at the Music Academy of Kansas City. He has given master classes and workshops at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, University of Hawaii - Manoa, University of Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State University, Pacific Lutheran University, among others. Nicholas holds degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (B.M.) and the University of Kansas (M.M.), He has studied privately with clarinetist, Dr. Robert Walzel, saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Matt Otto, and Rebecca Fischer, former first violinist of the Chiara String Quartet. Additionally, his writing and reviews are regularly published in The Saxophonist Magazine, NACWPI Journal, and on his own website: nicholasmaysaxophone.com

 

Nicholas is a Silverstein Works Pro Team Artist.

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