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Music Institute Trumpet Faculty member, Chris Hasselbring
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Chris Hasselbring has been a member of the Music Institute’s faculty since October 1998. He earned a bachelor of music degree from Rutgers University and a master of music degree from Northwestern University. He is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, Historic Brass Society, International Trumpet Guild, and the European Music Archeology Project. He has recorded CDs with Orquestra de Samba and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of Brass for Beginners, an interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching the basics of brass playing using a natural trumpet.


MM  Northwestern University
BM   Rutgers University

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Liturgical music recordings for GIA and World Music publications

Orquestra de Samba CD:   “Brazilian Standards, Vol. 1”

CD release and commercial recordings with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Commercial Recordings for Chicago Recording Company (CRC)

Basic Teaching Philosophy or Special Music Interests/Specialties

As founder of Brass for Beginners, an interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching the basics of brass playing using a natural trumpet, I am very interested in early music, and the concept of "performance practice" more broadly. I believe that music is an effective way to connect the past to the present, and to develop a deeper understanding of our identity in the modern world. Learning and playing music together helps to reveal our shared humanity and makes the world a better place.

Professional Affiliations & Activities

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)
Historic Brass Society (HBS)
International Trumpet Guild (ITG)
European Music Archeology Project (EMAP)

Interests/hobbies outside of music:
As a result of my international musical activities, I have enjoyed learning about other cultures and the basics of several foreign languages. I enjoy learning about history and how it intersects with human culture and development.

Most memorable musical moment:  
Playing principal trumpet on the magnificent Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra with the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra while on tour to Caracas, Venezuela. It was one of those moments where time stood still; everyone in the audience and orchestra was transfixed by the raw emotion and power that enveloped the hall.