Monthly Archives: May 2013

MIC Graduating Senior Katy Rose O’Brien

It has been a joy working with Katy Rose over the past several years both in private lessons and in the MIC trumpet ensembles. One of my proudest moments was seeing her perform at the Birch Creek Jazz Festival a few years ago in Door County, WI. She is a very accomplished musician and a wonderful person. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students like Katy Rose, and as you will see by her personal statement, she does much more than play a trumpet! Best of luck to you Katy Rose! We will all miss you!DSC_2232Katy Rose will perform the Halsey Stevens Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Mvt. 1,  at this evening’s Spring Studio Recital, and will join the MIC Trumpet Ensembles as a special guest performer.

MIC.110406“My name is Katy Rose O’Brien and I recently graduated from Loyola Academy.  I started playing trumpet in 5th grade after hearing a brass quartet play at my school and being amazed at how beautiful the trumpet sounded.  Coincidentally, it turned out that the trumpet player in the brass quartet that day who inspired me to pick up the trumpet was Chris Hasselbring! My first lesson with Chris was in 6th grade and I have been studying with him ever since.  I am extremely grateful that he has been my trumpet teacher for the past 7 years.  He is a wonderful and understanding teacher who has helped me appreciate and enjoy music in a way that no other teacher has.  I would not be the trumpet player I am today without him.

DSC_2409In addition to taking lessons I played in a MIC trumpet ensemble for four years along with playing in Loyola’s Symphonic and Marching Bands.  I received Loyola’s Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award in 2012 for my leadership in Loyola’s Band Program and was selected to play in the IMEA District 7 Jazz Band and the All-Catholic Honors Band.  Throughout high school I also played in jazz bands and combos through the Midwest Young Artists program. In the past four years I have worked my way up from the lowest jazz ensemble to the top band, and being the only girl makes no difference there because skill is what matters.  Big Band has given me a community of people who do not take themselves too seriously and truly reflect my passion for music.DSC_2465Apart from playing music I rowed on Loyola’s crew team for four years.  My boat qualified for Scholastic Rowing Nationals 3 of my 4 years rowing, and my sophomore year we placed in the top 6 in the nation.  Crew has given me some of my closest friends and an amazing community.  In addition to crew I was a Dumbach scholar and participated in Loyola’s Arrupe Community Service program, Amnesty International, and Labre Outreach program through Loyola’s Justice Seminar class.  Next year I will be attending Amherst College where I am considering studying art history, biology, history or classical civilizations.  I will also definitely stay involved with both classical and jazz music.”

Congratulations Sasha!

Sasha Boutilier received the 2013 Evanston Outstanding Volunteer Award from the City of Evanston, Northwestern University, and the Evanston Community Foundation.  He was nominated and selected based on his extensive commitment to sharing his time and talents with the Evanston community throughout his high school years, including as a martial arts instructor teaching weekly self-defense classes at 6 Evanston elementary schools for the past 4 years, as a Youth Program Leader and Gym Instructor at the “Music and More” weekly after-school enrichment program at First Presbyterian Church, as a teaching assistant at two innovative martial arts programs for youth with special needs and developmental challenges, and for his work with the Brass For Beginners program through the Music Institute of Chicago.  Thanks for doing so much for the community Sasha!

MIC Graduating Senior Sasha Boutilier

trumpet2My name’s Sasha Boutilier and I’ve studied trumpet with Chris for the last 10 years. I remember when I was 8 years old and I first got my trumpet, I sang through it and thought I was playing it! I’ve come a long way since then (I hope!).  Studying trumpet with Chris has been one of my most rewarding  experiences and I’m truly grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had over the years performing in MIC groups including the natural trumpet ensemble, wind ensemble, philharmonic orchestra, and Baroque orchestra.
This fall I’ll be attending the University of Toronto  and received the University of Toronto Scholar award. I plan to major in International Relations and possibly minor in Psychology. Toronto is actually my home town so I’m very excited to get back to Canada. I’m not planning to major or minor in Trumpet but I’m definitely going to get involved with music groups on campus so I can keep playing.
In addition to participating in various ensembles over the years, I also have helped out with the Brass for Beginners program at Dawes and Walker schools in Evanston. It’s been very rewarding to help the students in these classes and to see them learn so much over the course of the program!
Some other activities I enjoy are piano, martial arts, soccer, baseball, and model united nations!sasha_photoSasha Boutilier will be playing Intrada by Arthur Honegger at the upcoming studio recital on May 31st at Nichols Concert Hall as well as several works as a member of the Advanced Trumpet Ensemble.

We will all miss you Sasha!

MIC Graduating Senior Sawyer Lindland

SawyerCongratulations to MIC graduating Senior Sawyer Lindland who will be attending Beloit College in WI in the Fall of 2013. He received a scholarship to participate in Beloit’s instrumental music programs and plans to study Psychology and Spanish. It has been a pleasure to work with Sawyer for the past 8 years. He has brought a sense of humor and some excellent musicianship to our studio, both as a member of the advanced trumpet ensemble and in his solo performances. I will especially miss our discussions, sometimes quite lengthy, about matters such as: why are there B sharps, and why are there F flats in musical notation? I don’t think we have yet resolved these issues, but Sawyer plans to introduce an entirely new tonality system based on numbers when he gets to Beloit. (good luck with that Sawyer!) You can see numerous videos on this website of Sawyer’s past performances- very impressive indeed! Sawyer has put together a little bio for us that you can read by clicking here.

Sawyer will perform Aria et Scherzo by Alexander Arutunian at the upcoming studio recital on May 31st at Nichols Concert Hall as well as several works as a member of the Advanced Trumpet Ensemble.

We will all miss you Sawyer!sawyer.trump1

MIC Natural Trumpets at the 2013 MIC Gala

Many thanks to members of the MIC Natural Trumpet Ensembles for their performance at tonight’s Gala Fundraiser for the Music Institute of Chicago at the Four Season’s Hotel in downtown Chicago. The trumpeters ushered guests of the Gala into the ballroom before dinner- a welcome fit for a king! Enjoy some video and photos from the event.

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

Left to Right: Alex Wenzel, Jerry Sun, John Kinne, Michael Werner, Jefferson Wenzel, Charlie Clarke, Sawyer Lindland, Sasha Boutilier, and Director Chris Hasselbring

MIC Trumpet Ensembles at the MIC Early Music Recital

Congratulations to MIC Trumpeters Angelina Escobar, Charlie Lindland, Adam Marquardt, Charlie Clarke, Jerry Sun, Alex and Jefferson Wenzel, Sasha Boutilier, John Kinne, Sawyer Lindland, and Michael Werner on a wonderful performance at the MIC Early Music Recital on Wednesday May 8th at Nichols Concert Hall. I received numerous compliments about the quality of the trumpet playing, and it was great for all of us to have the opportunity to hear the “Chicago Viols” and MIC Recorder Ensemble. Thanks to Patrick O’Malley for organizing the event and to all the MIC parents for their time and energy to make these performances possible. We are very fortunate to have such high level early music instruction at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Please enjoy a snippet of the Advanced Trumpet Ensemble performing the “Little Fugue” by J.S. Bach: To see other fantastic early music performances using the natural trumpet, please visit the “Baroque Trumpet Videos” page.



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