Adam
Schay

Clarinet (Bass)
Adam Schay
(He/Him) Freelance orchestral and chamber musician across Arizona; principal clarinet, ProMusica Arizona; ASU clarinet studio '24; vintage clarinet equipment expert; web developer in former life
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Week 5 Orchestra Concert
2nd/3rd/bass clarinet
Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival
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Adam Schay

Adam Schay, clarinetist and bass clarinetist, is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently principal clarinet of ProMusica Arizona, an active freelance musician and private clarinet instructor, and a regular substitute player with multiple regional orchestras throughout the state. Adam is also Arizona's premier vintage clarinet equipment expert, specializing in vintage Buffet R13 clarinets and Chedeville and Kaspar mouthpieces. Following a successful blind audition, Adam was a finalist for principal clarinet of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and performed a trial week for their October 2022 concert cycle, ¡Celebraciones! Adam has attended the 2019 Henri SELMER Paris Summer Clarinet Academy at Michigan State University, its 2020 and 2021 editions virtually, the 2020 Eastman Virtual Professional Clarinet Auditions Workshop, the 2023 The National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and the 2022 and 2023 Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival in, serendipitously, his family’s summer home of Hancock, Maine. He has performed extensively under the batons of Dr. Jason Caslor, Dr. Jamal Duncan, Bill Humbert, Matthew Kasper, Cal Stewart Kellogg, and Dr. Tiffany Lu and worked with esteemed conductors such as Arthur Fagen, Neal Gittleman, Dr. Charles Latshaw, Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, Ludovic Morlot, Tito Muñoz, Dr. Daniel Keith O’Bryant, Dr. David A. Rahbee, Kensho Watanabe, William C. White, Juliius Williams, and Hugh Wolff, as well as numerous up-and-coming conductors at the Monteux School. He is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Joshua Gardner and Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University. Before transferring to ASU, he studied with Dr. Stefanie Gardner at Glendale Community College and with Steve Hanusofski, associate principal and bass clarinet of The Phoenix Symphony. He has additionally taken lessons with Phoenix Symphony principal clarinet Alex Laing and with some of the world’s leading clarinetists through the Selmer Academy; he has played in masterclasses for Julian Bliss, Nikola Djurica, Corrado Giuffredi, Jonathan Gunn, Dr. Tasha Warren-Yehuda, and Dr. Guy Yehuda. Other major musical influences include Dale Fedele, Burt Hara, and the clarinet greats of the past: among others, Ralph McLane, Donald Montanaro and Harold Wright. While not practicing, performing, or trading gear, he can be found watching VALORANT esports tournaments, NBA basketball, and/or reruns of Law & Order with his talkative black cat, Shira.



Experience

Experience

Chestertown, Maryland

Clarinetist

2023 - Present
Hancock, ME, USA

Clarinetist

2022 - Present
2022 and 2023 Festival clarinetist, performing on clarinet and bass clarinet 2022 repertoire highlights: Selected performances: Chamber works: Ligeti Six Bagatelles; Mellits "Black" with Sandy Marcotte, bass clarinet Principal: Barber of Seville; Barber Second Essay; Beethoven 8 2nd: Daphnis et Chloé Suite 2 3rd/Bass: Prokofiev 5; D’un matin de printemps; The Red Pony Selected readings: Principal: Beethoven 1; Honegger 3 “Liturgique;” Rachmaninoff 3; Ein Heldenleben; Images: “Gigues;” Le Roi d'Ys; Mazeppa 2nd: Dvořák 7; Schumann 1 “Spring;” Le Chasseur maudit; Le Roi Lear; New England Triptych; Peacock Variations; The Comedians 3rd/Bass: Mahler 2; Két Kép; Le Sacre du printemps; The Tale of Tsar Saltan

ProMusica Arizona

2021 - Present
Anthem, AZ, USA

Principal clarinet

2021 - Present

Expertise

Instrument

Clarinet (Bass)

Special Skill

Chamber Music

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