Pinkerton saxophone player receives national honor
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | October 08. 2013 10:23PM
Adam Claussen, a junior from Pinkerton Academy, stands on the stage of the school’s Stockbridge Theater with his alto saxophone Tuesday. Claussen has been named to the All-National Honor Ensemble. He is the first student musician from Pinkerton to receive the honor. (HUNTER McGEE PHOTO)
Now Claussen’s devotion to music has earned him a place on the prestigious All-National Honor Ensembles, the first time a student from the school has received the honor, said Chip Underhill, Pinkerton’s executive director of public affairs.
Claussen said the ensembles are similar to the All-State Honor Ensembles in New Hampshire. Although he prefers jazz, Claussen auditioned for the classical ensemble and submitted a video online. Students were required to submit a two-minute selection of the piece used for their all-state audition.
He has been practicing a lot more lately as he prepares to make the trip to Nashville, and he has to submit a re-auditioned recording by midnight Friday to determine seat placement. Claussen said he and a friend from Maine are competing, in a friendly way, for that seat.
“Classical-wise, I don’t have a huge pallet of inspiration,” Claussen said. “I think jazz is my real passion. I want to ultimately end up doing more with jazz.”
Ultimately, Claussen said he would like to become a college music professor.
The All-National Honor Ensembles are scheduled to run from Sunday, Oct. 27, to Wednesday, Oct. 30.