“What is the American Single Reed Summit? Why have I not heard of it before?”
The American Single Reed Summit is a national event for saxophonists and clarinetists that was founded in 2017 and had its first event in 2018. We encourage cross-collaboration between saxophonists and clarinetists in order to create meaningful musical experiences for current and future generations. Our summits are intended to aid musicians both artistically and professionally through performances, masterclasses, clinics, lectures, and discussion panels. “I'm a graduate student studying clarinet and am in a clarinet quartet. Can we apply to perform?”
Absolutely! Graduate students in chamber groups that feature either or both the saxophone and clarinet are encouraged to apply though preference is given to ensembles that feature both instruments.
“Is there a competition at ASRS?”
Yes, this year will feature clarinet competitions. Information can be found here.
“Can high school groups apply to perform?”
Yes, groups of all ages are encouraged to apply to perform.
“What can high school students get out of this besides watching performances?”
We are looking to create a highly beneficial experience for musicians of all ages and experience. In addition to performances by major artists from around the United States, there will be discussion panels, masterclasses, workshops, and clinics with this age group in mind. Events will include auditioning for college programs, all-state auditions, gender equality in the field, building chamber groups, careers in music, and more! "I'm a saxophone professor, but don't perform with clarinet. Are you accepting performance proposals for only saxophone?"
Yes! While we encourage collaboration between saxophonists and clarinetists, we are accepting applications that only have one.
"I'm a college student in clarinet performance and am wondering what I will learn at the conference."
The American Single Reed Summit will be an opportunity to watch performances of some of the most elite single reed players in the United States performing both chamber and solo music in a variety of styles. We will also have masterclasses and discussion panels that will address important issues facing instrumentalists today: auditioning for professional ensembles, addressing the gender gap in the performance world, building a professional chamber group, entrepreneurship in music, etc. Additionally, there will be vendors representing the largest manufacturers in the field as well as small local businesses.
"I'm in a saxophone quartet in college. Can we apply to perform?"
There is no age or experience minimum to apply to perform at the American Single Reed Summit.
"Are you accepting proposals to give a clinic on clarinet technique?"
All are welcome to apply to give a lecture covering topics they find pressing for our community.
"How much of the summit will feature presentations on building a career?"
In addition to the invaluable professional networking, ASRS will feature a variety of discussion panels on career building. We also anticipate a number of presentations covering this topic from key figures from around the country that will apply to give lectures.
“Will there be vendors?”
Yes! We expect vendors representing major brands as well as retail stores to be at the summit.