San Francisco based saxophonist Eric Barreto has a performance career that has taken him to music festivals, universities, and concert halls around the country. As a former member of the Mana Quartet, some of Eric’s performance engagements include the Downtown Chamber Series (Phoenix, AZ), the Spectrum Series (NYC), Ethos Chamber Music Society (Fredonia, NY), the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (Vail, CO), and Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA). He’s also been a co-soloist with the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra and the National Music Festival Orchestra, and worked with the Jacksonville Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, and featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today.
As an educator, Eric has worked with students from all over the world. Some of his most notable residencies include Northern Arizona University, Florida State University, SUNY Fredonia, and Sacramento State University. He’s also a co-founder of the Mana Saxophone Institute, a saxophone intensive for students around the world that focuses on chamber music performance, saxophone pedagogy, and overall health and wellness for musicians. Eric holds a B.M in Music Performance and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University.
Cole Belt’s passion for collaborative art has resulted in the participation and/or formation of several distinguished chamber ensembles throughout his career including Duo Velocipede, Mana Quartet, Impression Saxophone Ensemble, and Singularity. Through his involvement with these groups Cole has been heard in concert halls across the U.S. and Europe in masterclass settings, competitions, music festival residencies, chamber series, and guest artist recitals. Regarding his recent Carnegie Hall debut Cole is described as "a splendid performer who brings wonderful spirit and life to my music" by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen and by Curtis Institute composer David Ludwig as "at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring: all depending on the demands of the music."
Cole's orchestral experience includes performances with the NAU Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival Orchestra, Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has also been a chamber saxophonist in residence at the National Music Festival, Music in the Mountains Festival, and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra where he was the director of orchestral and chamber saxophone for three years. His teachers include, Dr. Jonathan Bergeron and Patrick Meighan.
Cole is a D'Addario Performing Artist and uses Reserve Classic Reeds, exclusively.
Michael Brinzer is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist based in New York City. As a Long Island native, Michael began refining his musical talents at an early age. He currently owns and performs on an array of instruments, including flutes, clarinets, saxophones as well as ethnic instruments. He enjoys playing many genres of music, from classical to jazz to musical theater to contemporary. He has performed with many distinguished artists, including Dave Leibman, Jim McNeely, Jane Monheit, Betsy Struxness, Charles Neidich, Paul Cohen and many more. In addition to performing, Michael is also a published arranger, a composer, and a teacher. His arrangements and compositions have been premiered at prestigious conservatories and universities including the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University, and Queens College. He is currently completing a Bachelors in Saxophone Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen. In his spare time, Michael enjoys going to art galleries, watching a good TV series, and spending time with friends and family.
Seychelle Dunn-Corbin is a saxophonist best known for her inclusivity in programming, performance, and education. As an alum of Morgan State University, a Historical Black College; Seychelle began looking to diversify the realm of western classical styles and considers herself an advocate and socially conscious artist.
As a first-generation graduate of a four-year college and beyond, education has been and continues to be at the forefront of Seychelle’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge. After completing her studies and earning both a B.A. and M.A. degree in music, Seychelle furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College and is currently a third-year doctoral candidate at Boston University.
She is a founding member of the Area 9 Quartet which has commissioned and premiered new works for saxophone quartet in Boston and New York City, in addition to co-founding North Star Duo – a unique duo of Flute(s) and Saxophone(s) that commissions & performs works by composers of color; and facilitates a bi-annual Women’s Equity Project in Boston, Ma. Additionally, Seychelle serves as faculty at Bunker Hill Community College and Salem State University, teaching a wide array of courses in music history, teaching artistry, piano, and saxophone.
Seychelle currently studies with Kenneth Radnofsky and has previously studied with composers Dr. James Lee III and Dr. Nkeiru Okoye; saxophonists Tim Green, Brian Sacawa, and Cory Kaspryzk; and pianists /organists Dr. Stephanie Bruning and Dr. Samuel Springer. She is a proud member of the Omega Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc; serving the South Shore needs through various community engagement activities.
Possessing “all the colors of the orchestra” (Heidelberg Zeitung) and “...agility like a singer in the high register” (Badische Zeitung), Thomas Giles has gained notoriety as a specialist in daredevil repertoire, often the first to present revival performances of works long regarded as unplayable. In a tour-de-force debut at Carnegie Hall, Giles was called a “splendid performer with…wonderful life and spirit” by Pulitzer Prize Winner Charles Wuorinen, and “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring; all depending on the demands of the music,” by composer David Ludwig of the Curtis Institute. He has been acclaimed in DownBeat Magazine, broadcasted nation-wide on NPR’s Performance Today, and heard in concert halls across the United States and Europe.
Hailed as a “World class performer!” and “An extraordinary talent!” Michael Hernandez has been heard in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Austria, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the United States. He has also been broadcasted several times nationwide on NPR’s Performance Today. Recently Hernandez has appeared with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Echo Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony Guild, The National Music Festival Orchestra, The Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, The Santa Cruz Symphony, The San Jose State University Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, and The Monterey Symphony
As founding soprano saxophonist of the critically acclaimed Mana Quartet, Michael has been invited to hold residencies at dozens of music festivals and universities including Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, The Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, The Festival of New American Music, Ethos New Music Festival, and the Oklahoma State Contemporary Music Festival.
Hernandez is a Key Leaves endorsing artist, as well as a D’Addario Performing Artist, and plays exclusively on Reserve Classic Reeds; he performs on an historical saxophone built to the acoustical specifications of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax. Michael’s primary teachers include Dr. Wildy Zumwalt, Dr. Ronald Caravan, Professor Patrick Meighan and Carina Raschér. Michael currently serves on the faculty of San Jose State University, and is Principal Saxophonist of the Santa Cruz Symphony.
Known for her 'sophisticated sound spectrum' and 'enthralling performance' (Darmstädter Echo) Diane Hunger frequently performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. Recently she could be heard as soloist with the Hamburger Symphoniker (Germany), the Filarmonica Banatul (Romania), Lubbock Symphony (TX), the Society of New Music Allstars (NY), the Fredonia Wind Symphony (NY), as well as the Syracuse Wind Ensemble (NY) and the chamber players at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Highlights in the past have included a solo performance in Carnegie Hall, residencies at many festivals including the National Music Festival, as well as tours in North America, France, Scotland, Spain, Poland, Holland, Germany, and Colombia.
Diane teaches saxophone at Syracuse University and the State University of New York at Fredonia, and holds the tenor chair in the critically acclaimed MANA Quartet. MANA's CD 'Vide Supra' is published through Mark Records, where also her first solo CD will be published this winter.
An avid transcriber of old masterworks, her transcriptions have been published by Oxford University Press. This year Diane founded her own online publishing company ESURIO Media. Diane Hunger received a Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in 2014. While at Eastman, Diane was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate and won the 2011 Concerto Competition.
Diane Hunger is a D'Addario Performing Artist, performing on Reserve Reeds exclusively.
Saxophonist Raymond Kelly, originally from the northeast, is a current Doctor in Musical Arts candidate at Rutgers University. He holds a Master’s in Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s in Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, all in saxophone performance. He is currently studying with saxophonist Paul Cohen and has studied with Timothy Ruedeman, James Umble, and Gary Bartz. The past year he won the Rutgers’ 2016 Graduate Concerto Competition and performed Ballade for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra by Frank Martin with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He has performed throughout the United States and abroad with ensembles such as the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, The Metro Symphony Orchestra, Locrian Chamber Players, and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet. He can be heard on the album The Gift of Life by composer and French horn player of the Imani Winds, Jeff Scott. In addition to being an avid performer, Raymond is a busy educator, serving faculty at Long Island University and the Mason Gross Extension Division as well as his own expanding private studio.
Classical saxophonist Wonki Lee, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, distinguished himself as a winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition in United States as well as becoming the first Korean saxophonist selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition in Belgium.
As a soloist, Mr. Lee has given recitals and solo performances in the United States and Asia. After making his Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut premiering a new composition for soprano saxophone and piano, Mr. Lee contributed to the addition of three new saxophone concertos. He premiered piano-redacted version of the saxophone concerto Sull’ala by Susan Botti, and the saxophone concertos by Thiago Tiberio and Avner Finberg are written for him.
In addition to solo performances, Mr. Lee is an avid orchestral saxophonist. He has collaborated with numerous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Philippe Entremont. Recently he appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra led by Eiji Oue as they launched their 100th Anniversary World Tour at Alice Tully Hall. He has also appeared in orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra.
Born in 1989 to Korean parents living in Tokyo, Mr. Lee began to study the saxophone at age thirteen and soon moved to New York City where he received his training at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Paul Cohen.
Ryan Mantell is a New Jersey based saxophonist and teacher. He has taught instrumental music in New Jersey at all levels K-12, and maintains a private studio of saxophone students as well. He is an active performer in New Jersey and New York, playing saxophone regularly for the Ridgewood Concert Band and the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra. Ryan is the founder and director of the North Jersey Youth Saxophone Ensemble, an initiative to bring a unique chamber music experience to high school age saxophone students in Northern New Jersey. Ryan received the Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree with Performance Honors from Syracuse University, and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at Rutgers University.
Sarah Marchitelli is an active saxophonist in today’s classical music scene. She has performed extensively including concert series in New York City, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Erie, Boston, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Germany, and Norway and on live radio in Cleveland, Rochester, and Jamestown. Her efforts have inspired several contemporary composers to write for her and her collaborators.
Marchitelli’s continuous involvement in chamber music has taken her around the United States and Puerto Rico as well as to Europe. In 2011, Marchitelli founded the group Decho Ensemble with fellow saxophonist Jacob Swanson. The group presents concerts of new music for two saxophones as well as transcriptions. They frequently invite other musicians to play with them providing dynamic color and variety to their programs.
Also an active teacher, Sarah is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia where she teachers courses in Music Education and Music History. She is also a music instructor at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts where she teaches a variety of private lessons and classes for ages 4 through adult.
Sarah holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her teachers have included saxophonists Wildy Zumwalt, Christopher Oldfield, Carina Raschèr, and Harry White.
Bryan McNamara began studying the saxophone in upstate New York at age 10. 16 years later, he remains a saxophonist and works as an arts administrator and educator. His passion for sharing music with others has propels him to pursue experiences on and off stage.
Bryan enjoys work as a chamber musician, especially with Singularity, the quartet he co-founded in 2013. Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen wrote that Singularity “brought a wonderful life and spirit to my work” in their 2015 Carnegie Hall debut. David Ludwig, composition professor at the Curtis Institute, described Singularity’s performance as “at once sensitive, nuanced, brash, and daring.” Bryan’s saxophone teachers include Wildy Zumwalt, Patrick Meighan, Carina Rascher, and Laura Fitzgerald.
Bryan joined the Princeton Symphony Orchestra staff in August 2015 as Manager of Operations, overseeing artistic and educational events, and contributing marketing copy on the side. He has lectured about the saxophone for the PSO alongside Music Director Rossen Milanov. Bryan made his concerto debut with Summer Sinfonietta (Tallahassee, FL) in 2014, and has performed with the Princeton Symphony, New World Symphony and Miami City Ballet, Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, and Summer Sinfonietta, where he played auxiliary percussion when players were scarce. Bass drum was his favorite.
Recognized in 2016 as the 3rd place Finalist for the American Prize in Instrumental Performance, Sean Mix has previously been named a semifinalist in the Londeix International Saxophone Competition (Bangkok, 2014) and the Dilson Florencio International Competition (Brasilia, 2015). Other recent highlights include a recital at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and regular appearances throughout the United States.
Equally in demand as a chamber musician and ensemble player, Sean appears frequently with groups throughout the Northeast including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Monadnock Music, Atlantic Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Matti Kovler Ensemble, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Area 9 Quartet, and Chagall Performance Art Collaborative.
An enthusiastic interpreter of new music, Sean has collaborated with composers including Thomas Oboe Lee, David Amram, Ken Ueno, Alex Mincek, Gunther Schuller, Christian Lauba, and many more. These partnerships have resulted in several commissions and numerous premieres of new works.
Sean studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. He is a member of the music faculty at the Wellesley Public Schools, where he enjoys working with young saxophone and clarinet students.
Sean is an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and Selmer Paris saxophones.
Saxophonist and conductor Andrew R. Steinberg has been recognized for his “beautiful tone” as well as his “astute and refined leadership” throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. As a concertizing soloist and the Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, Mr. Steinberg has sought to perform needlessly neglected works from the repertoire alongside music by today’s composers. An advocate of music that challenges popular conceptions of the saxophone, Mr. Steinberg’s performances focus on works that highlight the “Sound-of-Sax” in ways never heard before, particularly in terms of timbre and aesthetic approach.
In addition to performance activities, Mr. Steinberg’s passion for the rich history of the saxophone has led to lectures at venues including Boston University, New England Conservatory, Brookline Adult & Community Education, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The scope of his research has focused on topics such as The Life of Adolphe Sax, The Saxophone in the Weimar Republic, Historically Informed Performance Practice of the Saxophone Repertoire, and The “Rascherian” Approach.
Mr. Steinberg is currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory. He serves as faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and is Founder and Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.
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Praised by audiences and composers for his "gorgeous, lyrical tone, spectacular technique, and heartfelt musicality ..." Jacob Swanson has performed throughout North America and Europe on concert series, television, and radio. His first disc “Invisible Cities” (2016) was critically acclaimed byclevelandclassical.com calling Swanson “a soloist with impeccable taste”. In 2017, Swanson released “wired.” which featured all original compositions for soprano saxophone and electronic media. With an inextinguishable passion for chamber music, Swanson performs regularly as member of the Decho Ensemble, which he cofounded in 2011 with long-time collaborator Sarah Marchitelli. After several years of preparation and research, Swanson assisted Carina Raschèr with the Ries&Erler publication of Erwin Dressel's Duo Konzert für Sopran- und Altsaxophon und Kleines Orchester (1965). In 2014, he and Marchitelli presented the world premiere of this monumental work with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra directed by Todd Wilson, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Swanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree, a Master's of Music degree, and a Performer's Certificate from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied with saxophonist Dr. Wildy Zumwalt. He has additionally studied with Carina Raschèr. Swanson performs on American-made Buescher saxophones ca. 1930's and is a Vandoren Regional Artist.