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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Clay Steiner

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Name: Clay Steiner
Website: https://www.claysteinermusic.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: SmaX Duo
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 15

Woodwind Specialist Clay Steiner is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of music in today’s society. Clay is an advocate for Milwaukee’s diverse musical scene extending into classical, jazz, contemporary, and pop genres, always searching for ways to push the boundaries. Clay is a frequent on-call saxophonist in the area with, notably, the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, and Present Music. He also enjoys working with composers and various chamber ensembles including Intrepid Quartet, Canary Reeds, and SmaX Duo. In addition to his dedication to performance, Clay is an enthusiastic music educator. He teaches lessons both privately and at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Clay Steiner is pursuing a degree in Multiple Woodwinds Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UW-Milwaukee, Clay has experienced success in a variety of ensembles and was runner-up of the 2018 wind ensemble concerto competition. He currently studies applied saxophone with Dr. Nicki Roman. 

Other Performers / Participants


Valeri Nowak

Baritone Saxophone


Valeri Nowak is a saxophonist and music educator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She values the expressive outlet and challenges music provides, and strives to inspire others. During her time at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Valeri has experienced numerous professional opportunities. She spent the summer of 2019 at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan working with middle school students to build and refine their musical and interpersonal skills. She also helped establish the Milwaukee Saxophone Association at UWM to help create more musical experiences on and off campus. Valeri enjoys performing with chamber ensembles including Canary Reeds and SmaX Duo. She has also experienced success with Phonez Quartet as runner up in the UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble Concerto competition. Valeri is an undergraduate pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She currently studies applied saxophone with Dr. Nicki Roman.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Hot Work (for bari sax duo) Olivia Kieffer 5
Secrets in the Seams Logan Rutledge 8