Adam Claussen

Originally from Derry, New Hampshire, Adam is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a B.M. in Studio Music & Jazz. Adam has accumulated over a decade of experience in music, and has developed professional-grade skills in saxophone/flute/clarniet performance, teaching, composition, arranging, film and media music, orchestration, video editing, and much more.

At the Frost School of Music, Adam studied saxophone under Gary Keller. He has performed with many ensembles at Frost, including the Downbeat Award-winning Concert Jazz Band under the direction of Grammy-Winning musician John Daversa, the Frost Septet, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, as well as numerous other ensembles. In addition to his studies with Professor Keller, Adam studied composition with renowned composers Gary Lindsay, Martin Bejerano, and Stephen Guerra at the Frost School.

In the summer of 2018, Adam spent a semester abroad studying jazz composition and German language at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. Under the tutelage of Jesse Milliner and Claudius Valk, Adam deepened his knowledge of music greatly and brought back a new experimental mindset to Miami.

Over the years, Adam has shared the stage with the likes of Quincy Jones, Adam Rogers, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Bryan Lynch, and John Williams to name a few. In 2019 and 2017, Adam was named the recipient of Student Downbeat Awards for his original compositions “Minor Conniption” and “All Bets Are Off” respectively, as well as the winner of the 2017 BMI William Golstein Scholarship for outstanding work in the field of jazz composition.

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”Saxophonist Adam Claussen's new album Arethusa Falls is infused with compositions that invoke contemplative emotions as they paint vivid aural soundscapes that are richly colored and textured such as 'Dark Tides Rising'” -WestSideOfJazz
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Portsmouth

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

Woodwinds Teacher at Music & Arts Manchester, NH (2019-present) University of Miami: B.M. in Studio Music & Jazz (2019) Norwegian Cruise Lines: Showband Musician (2018) Freelance lesson teacher/ensemble clinician (2012-present) $20/ half hour $40/ hour

Clinic/Workshop Information

Middle School- High School level jazz ensemble, saxophone studio, and jazz theory/improvisation coaching Past experience: Souhegan High School saxophone section (Amherst, NH) Salem High School Jazz Ensemble (Salem, NH) Salem High School saxophone section (Salem, NH) Pinkerton Academy Jazz Band (Derry, NH) Miami Arts Charter School Jazz Band (Homestead, FL) West Running Brooke Middle School (Derry, NH)

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