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 the positions of principal bass clarinet and Eb clarinet with the Tallahassee Symphony in Tallahassee, Florida, and principal bass clarinet/Eb clarinet and assistant principal clarinet with the Venice Symphony in Venice, Florida, and performs as a guest clarinetist with orchestras across the country.
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 teacher and performer at the 2017 Clarinetfest in Orlando, Florida, the 2018 Belgian Clarinet Academy in Ostend, Belgium, and serves on the faculty of the annual Interlochen Clarinet Institute at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. His studio of clarinet and bass clarinet students ranges in ability from beginner to collegiate level and many of his students 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 Heralds of Harmony in Tampa, FL, as their bass section leader.
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 music studio dynamics 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).