Richard Brasseale - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Richard Brasseale

Moos Elementary Saxophone Coach

Richard Brasseale is a freelance saxophonist in the Chicago area. He has played with numerous ensembles, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, Camerata Chicago, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and others. He is currently the Classical Saxophone Instructor at North Park University, an Advisor at the Vandoren Chicago Studio, and is Production Manager of Twickenham Fest, a chamber music festival in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. He received his masters and bachelors degrees in Saxophone Performance from DePaul University, where he won both the Wind Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions. He has also been to Brevard Music Festival, where he was a member of the ITCH New Music Ensemble and performed with the symphonies there. He has studied with Jeremy Ruthrauff, Susan Cook, and Joe Lulloff. In his free time, he habitually buys WAY too many plants for a city apartment.

Who is your favorite musician/piece/song to listen to and why?

The Star Wars Title Theme! It always gets me so excited, with such an intense, joyful instrumentation.

What was the first ensemble you played in?

I actually sang in a church choir when I was very young. Then I played in the Discovery Middle School Band. Professionally, my first paid gig was with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

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