A S H E R C A R L S O N
B i o g r a p h y
Asher Carlson is a clarinetist, bass clarinetist, teacher, and arranger from Leland, MI. An active orchestral and chamber musician, his musical pursuits have taken him on tours of the continental United States, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, and Kenya. As well as performing alongside such highly-esteemed musicians as Lynn Harrell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Sqwonk, Nairobi Chamber Chorus, New York Voices, The Swingle Singers, Pentatonix, and The Wailers, Asher is an active new music collaborator and has commissioned dozens of new solo and chamber works for clarinet and bass clarinet. He currently holds positions as Principal Clarinetist of the Venice Symphony in Venice, Florida, and Principal Bass Clarinetist of the Tallahassee Symphony in Tallahassee, Florida. Asher also performs as a guest clarinetist with orchestras across the country and has served as Associate Bass Clarinetist of the Sarasota Opera (FL) and Artosphere Festival (AR) orchestras.
Across the state of Florida and beyond, Asher has proven to be a sought-after clinician and private instructor. He has been featured as a clinician and performer at Clarinetfest in 2017 (Orlando, FL), 2018 (Ostend, Belgium), and 2021 (Reno, NV), the 2018 Belgian Clarinet Academy in Ostend, Belgium, the 2021 Clarinetfest in Reno, NV, the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XIII in 2020 (Virtual), and the International Society for Music Educators Conference in 2022 (Virtual). Asher teaches on the faculties of the State College of Florida, Florida College, Saint Leo University, the University of South Florida, and the annual Interlochen Clarinet Institute (MI). His private students range in ability from beginner to collegiate level, and many have gone on to win principal positions in youth orchestras and All-State ensembles and have been accepted to and won scholarships from prestigious music schools across the country.
Additionally, Asher's voice work has been featured in performances as a vocalist, narrator, and on his podcast The Chamber Pod. His tenure with the all-male a cappella group Reverb garnered prestigious awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, the A Cappella Music Awards, and the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. He currently sings with the internationally recognized Heralds of Harmony barbershop chorus in Tampa, FL, as their bass section leader and award-winning barbershop quartet Smash Hit! on bass.
Asher holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Florida State University, where he studied under Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish, and a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied under Anthony Taylor and Kelly Burke. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Education with a cognate in clarinet performance at the University of South Florida. He can be heard on several recordings with the FSU Wind Orchestra, the UNCG Wind Ensemble, Reverb, and the Oraia Reed Quintet (of which he is a founding member).