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, 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 teaches clarinet and bass clarinet students who range in ability from beginner to college-level. His students have held principal positions in youth orchestras and All-State ensembles and have been accepted to and won scholarships from prestigious music schools across the country. Asher currently holds the position of 3rd and bass clarinet with the Venice Symphony in Venice, Florida.
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 can be heard on several recordings with the FSU Wind Orchestra, the UNCG Wind Ensemble, and the Oraia Reed Quintet (of which he is a founding member).
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
- Robert Goddard