University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Associate Professor of Saxophone ThreeForm, saxophonist
Robert Young joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in the fall of 2016. Dr. Young previously held teaching positions at SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music, Wichita State University, Albion College, and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. In the summers of 2007-2010 he was on the faculty of the M-Pulse Saxophone Workshop held at the University of Michigan where he taught with renowned professor, Donald Sinta.
Robert Young has been acclaimed for his “effortless expression and a facile technique” and his “true mastery of his instrument” (The Saxophonist Magazine). Highlights include performances with the PRISM Quartet, The Crossing, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Charlotte Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Robert Young performed with the PRISM Quartet on the GRAMMY Award-winning album “Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century” (available on ECM Recordings). As an active soloist, Robert has been invited as a featured concerto soloist at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress (Zagreb, Croatia) and the North American Saxophone Alliance conference (Tempe, Arizona). He has appeared as a soloist with the Zagreb Players, UNCSA Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Wind Symphony, University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, Wichita State University Orchestra, Wichita State University Wind Ensemble, Minot Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Michigan Concert Band. Most recently he has been invited to appear as a soloist with the United States Navy Band in January 2021.
Dr. Young earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (2010) and Master of Music (2008) degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with Professor Donald Sinta. At the University of Michigan, he studied jazz saxophone with Dr. Andrew Bishop and was a recipient of the Lawrence Teal Fellowship. Young received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina (2006) in saxophone performance where he studied with Dr. Clifford Leaman.
Robert Young is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also endorsed by D’Addario and plays exclusively on D’Addario saxophone reeds.