FACULTY ENSEMBLES IN RESIDENCE
The Hausmann Quartet has established itself as an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California since its arrival in San Diego in 2010. As faculty Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University they teach and organize the chamber music program, engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with other departments and visit local schools for concerts and clinics on behalf of the School of Music and Dance. Their latest endeavor is Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series on a historic ferry boat exploring the string quartet repertoire through Haydn’s quartet cycle. They pioneered interactive programs for students, adult amateur musicians and local seniors and homeless as Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart with support from the Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and ACMP. Founded in the summer of 2004 at Lyricafest, they have recently been hailed as “Excellent” by U-T San Diego and “an accomplished young foursome with a luscious sound and an experimental bent” (Repeat Performances), and maintain an active performance schedule throughout North America and Asia. The members of the Hausmann Quartet are violinists Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong and cellist Alex Greenbaum.
The Los Angeles Times and others have acclaimed Westwind Brass for virtuosity, musical integrity, and diverse programming. The ensemble has captured prizes at two international brass competitions and has toured internationally in Japan, Mexico, and across the United States. Their residency programs feature non-Western music from Africa, China, the middle east, and South America. The ensemble has performed for the Music Educators National Conference, the first Chamber Music Educator/Ensemble Seminar at Oberlin, California Music Educators state and region conventions. In addition, the Westwind Brass Education program has provided musical enrichment and access to over 350,000 students since 1986. The ensemble demonstrates instruments and performs music that covers a broad spectrum of styles and cultures. Besides in-school educational performances, Westwind Brass offers master classes and ensemble coaching for high school and college music students, and specialized in-services. Westwind Brass has released ten CDs to excellent notice: Westwind Brass, Westwind Brass and Friends, Westwind Christmas, Americana, Music of the Californias, The Old Euro Standard, Jazztet, Westwind’s Favorites, Dutton’s World Resounds and San Diego Salutes: A Tribute to America and those Who Serve (with the San Diego Children’s Choir). Each summer, Westwind Brass holds its annual International Brass Workshop in San Diego, open to brass musicians of all ages.