Contrabassoonist and bassoonist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Professor of Bassoon at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Date: Friday November 11, 2016
Place:Marcus High School 5707 Morriss Road Flower Mound, TX 75028
Admission: $40 for soloists/$20 for auditors
Purpose: Adult contrabassoon masterclass. Anyone who has graduated from high school through adult is welcome to sign up for this class as soloist or auditor. You can play anything you want on contrabassoon – orchestral excerpts, etudes, solos. Those preparing for orchestral auditions are especially encouraged to apply, but all levels are welcome. Soloist spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Late enrollment after November 1st – add $10
Last minute enrollment after November 10th – add $15
Steven Braunstein, bassoonist and contrabassoonist has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1990 and played in the Toronto Symphony from 1979 through 1989. During the 2007-2008 season, he played with the Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciano at the newly opened Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. Braunstein holds a B.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts (1975) and an M.M. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1977). He studied bassoon with Bill Douglas, Arthur Weisberg, Elias Carmen and William Polisi, contrabassoon with Burt Bial and Paul Camerata and reed making with Lou Skinner. In 2002, Braunstein was soloist with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in the world premiere of Tilson Thomas’ Urban Legend for contrabassoon and orchestra, a work composed for him. For 13 summers he has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival and has played in the Aspen, Sun Valley and Colorado Music festivals. He has taught at the University of Toronto and San Francisco State University and has been a coach at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.