Originally from Derry, New Hampshire, Adam is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a B.M. in Studio Music & Jazz. Adam has accumulated over a decade of experience in music studying jazz through multiple mediums, including saxophone, piano, clarinet, flute, composition, arranging, and film music.
At the Frost School of Music, Adam studied saxophone under Gary Keller. He has performed with many ensembles at Frost, including the Downbeat Award-winning Concert Jazz Band, the Frost Septet, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, as well as numerous other ensembles. In addition to his studies with Professor Keller, Adam has studied composition with renowned composers Gary Lindsay, Martin Bejerano, and Stephen Guerra at the Frost School.
In the summer of 2018, Adam spent a semester abroad studying jazz composition and German language at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. Under the tutelage of Jesse Milliner and Claudius Valk, Adam deepened his knowledge of music greatly and brought back a new experimental mindset to Miami.
Through ensembles at the University of Miami and other musical connections, Adam has shared the stage with the likes of Quincy Jones, Adam Rogers, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, and John Williams to name a few. In 2019 and 2017, Adam was named the recipient of Student Downbeat Awards for his original compositions "Minor Conniption" and “All Bets Are Off” respectively, as well as the winner of the 2017 BMI William Golstein Scholarship for outstanding work in the field of jazz composition.
In February 2019, Adam released his debut album as a bandleader, Arethusa Falls. The album showcases Adam's skills in improvised music and jazz composition, featuring six of his original compositions written in 2017- 2018.
Download Adam's resume: gallery/adam claussen resume 1-24-19.pdf