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Adib Young received his bachelor of Music from Furman University and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance with a cognate in Classical Saxophone Performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While at Furman, Adib studied saxophone with Matt Olson and composition with Mark Kilstofte. As a recipient of two research fellowships, Adib self-published a transcription book of Baptiste Herbin’s improvised solos and contributed to an album of original music on Olson’s Open Spaces. Open Spaces, released by Origin Arts, is one of the best displays of Adib’s composition style and presents his introspective playing, for the first time, to a global audience. Additionally, he was named a Presser Scholar, selected as one of the winners of the Furman Concerto Competition, and performed on two Furman Honor Recitals. 

At the University of Illinois, he is graduate assistant of Debra Richtmeyer and Chip McNeill’s through which he teaches individual instrumental lessons and coaches ensembles in both the classical and jazz saxophone studios. In addition to his responsibilities at the university, Adib serves as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois Springfield. He greatly enjoys working with students and helping them develop as improvisers, progress as artists, and mature as people. Outside of teaching and performing, he loves to hike, visit with friends and family, and participate in community service.


Bachelor of Music, Furman University