“I have always been on a never-ending quest for the Holy Grail of ligatures, trying everything I could possibly get my hands on. However, with each one there was always something missing in either the feel or sound. I couldn’t quite put my finger on… I tried the Silverstein Cryo 4 ligature on a whim but was 100% impressed and sold after one scale! I truly appreciate the ease of playability and natural sonic benefits of a fuller, richer sound I have gotten from their product. It has allowed me to get out of my own way and produce the sound I have always heard in my head. Now I can focus more on the art of making music, which is what it is all about. Kudos to Silverstein for making such an outstanding ligature!” – Nicholas May
Saxophonist Nicholas May has been recognized as an outstanding musician from a young age. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska he has won or been a finalist in numerous state, national, and international competitions including the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, Nebraska Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition-Woodwind Division, Singapore Woodwind Festival – Saxophone Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Undergraduate Concerto Competition, and MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions. Currently a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nicholas has been an active member in the Graduate Saxophone Quartet, Saxophone Choir, Jazz Orchestra, and University’s Wind Ensemble. Nicholas is a member and founder of the Holmes Piano Trio, which promotes new music for violin, saxophone, and piano and transcriptions of traditional piano trio works showcasing the versatility of the saxophone.
He has appeared as a guest artist and soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently in regional theatre productions as a woodwind artist.
Nicholas is currently a senior performance major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is a student of Dr. Paul Haar, Associate Professor of Saxophone/Jazz Studies the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also studied privately with saxophonist, Harvey Pittel and Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara String Quartet and Associate Professor/Artist in Residence of Violin at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.