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University of Rochester Brass Choir



Biography

Led by founder and director Josef Hanson, the University of Rochester Brass Choir is a 40-member ensemble dedicated to performing quality brass music at a high level while fostering a spirit of community among brass players on the River Campus.  The current membership of the Brass Choir includes representatives from nearly all of the University's divisions, including the Hajim School of Engineering, Institute of Optics, Ph.D. program in math, Eastman School of Music, and School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Repertoire includes fanfares, Renaissance pieces, contemporary literature written specifically for brass, and arrangements of light classics and popular music.  Members are invited and encouraged to arrange or compose for the group.  Recent selections performed by the Brass Choir include Chris Hazell's Three Brass Cats, Brian Balmages's Symphony No. 1 for Brass, Richard Strauss's Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare, and Alice Cooper's "Elected."  In 2010, the Brass Choir performed eight different concerts in the greater Rochester area, including outdoor fanfares in celebration of homecoming, a holiday celebration with the UR Gospel Choir, and a featured performance at St. Andrew's Church in Rochester as a part of their popular "Music at St. Andrew's" Concert Series.  The Brass Choir is also the host ensemble for the University of Rochester's "Day of Brass," an annual event featuring lectures, master classes, workshops, and performances of all types of brass music.
University of Rochester Brass Choir