Nicholas May

“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, clarinetist, and composer/arranger Nicholas May has been recognized as an outstanding musician from a young age, picking up the saxophone at the age of 10 and soon was performing with honor groups.

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, MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions, and the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Completion.

Nicholas is a member and founder of the T.C.B.S.Q.,the Heartland Duo, and the Sanders-May Duo, all of which have performed and premiered works by: Nicholas May, Larkin Sanders, David von Kampen, Daniel Baldwin, J.S. Bach, Aldemaro Romero, Phil Woods, Glazunov, etc… at recent International Navy Band Saxophone Symposiums, NASA regional and biennial conferences, and American Single Reed Summit.

As a soloist Nicholas maintains a regular touring schedule. Nicholas regularly appears as a guest artist and recitalist around the country. Additionally, he is currently preparing a commercial recording of the works of David Maslanka for Alto Saxophone and Piano with pianist Ellen Sommer (pieces include his Sonata and Tone Studies), labeled under Albany Records.

In the spring of 2017, Nicholas was a featured soloist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra as winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition.  He has appeared as a guest artist and soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and UNL Wind Ensemble, and performs frequently in regional theatre productions as a woodwind artist.

Performances include concerts and master classes with: Ryan Kilgore, Chris Vadala, Alan Ferber, Anthony Wilson, Jun Ho Pak, the Boston Brass, John Ellis, George Stone, the Chiara String Quartet, Harry Allen, Fabrice Moretti, Dave Pietro, Doc Severson, and Jamey Aebersold.

Nicholas is an Adjunct Instructor at Mid Plains Community College in McCook, Nebraska where he teaches applied clarinet and saxophone lessons. He received his Masters of Music at the University of Kansas, where he was a student of Vince Gnojek – Professor of Saxophone, studied clarinet with Dr. Robert Walzel – Dean of the School of Music, and additionally studied with saxophonist, Matt Otto – Assistant Director of Jazz Studies. He received his Bachelors of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a student of Dr. Paul Haar, Associate Professor of Saxophone/Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also studied privately with saxophonist Harvey Pittel and Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara String Quartet.

Nicholas is proudly a Silverstein Works Pro Team Artist.