Chris Hasselbring

Trumpet Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Arts Link
Group Lessons
Chamber Music
Adult Studies
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Chris received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from Rutgers University, and his Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Two of Mr. Hasselbring's most significant teachers were those with whom he studied during his time in college. They include: William Fielder, and Vincent Cichowicz.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Mr. Hasselbring's philosophy relates to what he believes the power of music has. In his opinion, music has the power to bring people together on many different levels. For Chris, it is a privilege to work with students of all ages and abilities to discover commonality through musical expression.

Awards and achievements: 

As an educator, Chris has played over a hundred in-school educational performances, workshops, and master classes as a member of the Singapore Symphony, Dallas Brass, Robert Morris Ensemble, Quintette Chicago (Brass ensemble), and MIC ensemble-in-residence, Orquestra de Samba (Brazilian music ensemble), which he founded in 2003.  In addition to maintaining a full-time trumpet studio at MIC, Chris has formed natural trumpet ensembles, which have been featured at the Chicago Brass Festival, the Chicago Early Music Festival, and the Music Institute of Chicago’s Annual Gala Fundraiser, as well as at numerous studio recitals and MIC-related public events. In collaboration with his brother Jack Hasselbring, a New Jersey public school music educator, he developed a method that utilizes natural trumpets to teach the fundamentals of brass playing called Brass for Beginners. This program has been offered free of charge to underserved youth in Evanston and Chicago schools since 2007, funded by the Music Institute of Chicago and the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust. As a performer, Chris appears regularly with organizations such as Ars Viva, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Master Singers, Camerata Chicago, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Metropolis Symphony, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, Handel Week in Oak Park, and The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University.

Additional accomplishments include: Orquestra de Samba received an International Brazilian Press Award for in 2008 for “Outstanding Incentive for Brazilian Music in the U.S.”

Professional affiliations & activities: 

A former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chris went on to hold positions with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra in Colombia, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in China, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He then toured the United States as a member of the Dallas Brass before settling down in Evanston to teach as a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago .