Nick May

Saxophonist Nick May holding a silver alto saxophone

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- Nick May (Saxophonist, Educator) 

Saxophonist Nick May is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer that “brings his personality to every performance - full of genuine joie de vivre!” (Javier Oviedo, Classical Saxophone Project). Since his solo debut at the age of eighteen 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.  Additionally, May has garnered prizes at many prestigious national and international competitions with recent Carnegie Hall performances.

He has performed as a soloist and been featured with numerous ensembles, including the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Tallgrass Chamber Choir, Classical Saxophone Project, Mid-America Freedom Band, Baker University Jazz Combo and Big Band, Kansas Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Orchestra, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble.

May has premiered works and collaborated with today's most eminent and emerging composers including Kevin Day, Jennifer Higdon, Kenneth Fuchs, Tyler Harrison, Peter Dayton, Ingrid Stölzel, Spencer Arias, Nathan Froebe, Zachery S. Meier, Kurt Knecht, Evan Boegehold, John Kosch, Christina Ensign, David von Kampen, Suhan Tuyliyev, Iván Enrique Rodríguez, Peter Dayton, Xenia St. Charles Iris Llyllyth, Aaryn S. Ricucci-Hill, Kincaid Rabb, Dave Kenney, Trey Makler, Zoë Wallace among others while advocating for contemporary music.

As a chamber musician, Nick is a founding member of Latitude 39, a dynamic and innovative trio with violinist Diana Seitz and pianist Maya Tuylieva that fuses their diverse cultural backgrounds and influences through musical programming.

He released his debut album in 2019 under Albany Records - Tone Studies: the Saxophone Music of David Maslanka; is also featured on The Chamber Music of David von Kampen and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Jazz Orchestra’s album, The Good Life. Additionally, he is the founder of the I Exist Project, which aims to advocate for, bring light to, and celebrate the multifaceted aspects of queer life, culture, and artistry through the collaboration with a diverse range of queer composers and performers to promote the creation and visibility of new queer repertoire.

May has given masterclasses, guest performances, and been an artist in residency at many of the nation’s elite conservatories and universities including the Manhattan School of Music, University of California-Davis, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Denison University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Arizona, among others, while teaching at Baker University and the Music Academy of Kansas City. He holds degrees from the University

of Nebraska -Lincoln (B.M.) and the University of Kansas (M.M.).