Steve Carmichael is a versatile saxophonist residing in Madison, Wisconsin. Feeling at home in multiple music scenarios, Steve performs at ease in the classical, jazz, and commercial musical idioms. Serving for 20 years as a saxophone and flute instrumentalist with the US Navy Music Program, he has performed for audiences in over 40 countries, including France, Italy, China, Russia, Australia, Germany, England, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Scotland, and many others.
Steve has performed at the Monterrey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Yokohama Jazz Festival, US Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences. He has performed with San Diego Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, NHK Tokyo Symphony, Chicago’s Northshore Concert Band, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Nuova Vista (Italy), the Susan Cook Saxophone Quartet, Spectrum Saxophone Quartet, and the San Diego Wind Ensemble.
Doctor Of Musical Arts (ABD) Saxophone Performance with a minor in Jazz Studiesfrom the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His major professors were French bassoonist and pedagogue Marc Vallon, internationally recognized award winning American Composer Laura Elise Schwendinger, Jazz Pianist and composer Johannes Wallmann, and the very gifted conductor and music educator Scott Teeple.
Master of Education - Creative Arts, from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he studied conducting with Dr. James Ripley, classical saxophone with Susan Cook, and composition with Dr. Mark Petering.
Bachelors of Music in Performance from the prestigious Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music, where he studied with world-renowned concert saxophonist James Houlik, and jazz saxophonist and arranger Mike Tomaro.
In high school Steve met Sigurd Rascher and was able to have several lessons. Rascher was a profound influence that led to Steve's decision to further study saxophone. As a freshman at Memphis State university, stuying Allen Rippe, he was introduced to Donald Sinta, Eugene Rousseau and James Houlik. These influences are the basis for Steve's pedagogical principles that take the very best from each saxophonists to create a balanced education. Additionally, he has studied privately with Joe Henderson, Bob Shepard, John Rekevics, Harvey Weinapple, and Wildy Zumwalt.
When Steve takes a break from the saxophone, he likes to compose new music, create contemporary art, and researching his Scot-Irish ancestral roots.
Ondes et Ombres by Alan Theisen
Steve Carmichael, Alto Saxophone
Susan Gaedert, Piano
News & Updates
December 2017 - I am so excited that the new sonata for tenor saxophone "Wraith" by Stacy Garrop is almost finished. I have been pestering Stacy for many years to write a piece for tenor saxophone. This past year she was convinced to have a consortium of tenor saxophonists pool our resources and get the ball rolling. If you are familiar with Stacy's music, you know this will be a challenge for the performer, but candy for the ears. I can't wait to get into the studio this spring and record this! Look for a Wisconsin premier sometime this April. Please check out all of Stacy Garrop's music!
January 6 Lakes by Lei Liang w/ Lois Hicks-Wozniak @ Navy Int’l Saxophone Symposium
January 7* Obnoxia for solo tenor saxophone, Nathan Froebe
*Celestial Machine by Steve Carmichael @ The US Navy International Saxophone Symposium
February 15 Dmaathen by Iannis Xenakis w/Garrett Mendenlow @ University of Wisconsin
March 3 Celestial Machine – Mantra for Willow by Steve Carmichael @ NASA Region 5 Conference
March 4* Enthralled, Enraptured, Emancipated by Nathan Froebe w/Somali Wilson @ NASA Region 5 Conference
March 8 Jigsaw for tenor saxophone and Band by Jack Stamp @UW Rock County Concert Band
March 10 / 11 Einstein on the Beach by @ University of Wisconsin
March 12 Jigsaw for tenor saxophone and Band by Jack Stamp @ University of Wisconsin Madison
April 4* Songs of… by Nathan Froebe @ University of Wisconsin Madison
TBD* Wraith for Tenor Saxophone and Piano by Stacy Garrop w/Susan Gaeddert
TBD* Alcoholic Dissertations Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Chamber Ensemble by Mathew Browne
June 24-July 2 James Houlik Saxophone Retreat, Wildaces, Little Switzerland, NC