Curtis Institute-founded brass sextet The Brass Project performs works from its debut album.
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THE BRASS PROJECT
CALEB WIEBE, TRUMPET
BRIAN OLSON, TRUMPET
ERIC HUCKINS, HORN
DANIEL SCHWALBACH, TROMBONE
OLIVER BARRETT, TROMBONE
ANDREW DOUB, TUBA
Caleb Wiebe, a trumpeter from Indiana, has performed professionally with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, with organist Clara Gerdes at the the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and as a founding member of The Brass Project at Music from Angel Fire.
Brian Olson recently completed his master’s degree in trumpet performance at The Juilliard School as a student of Raymond Mase.
Andrew Doub is the principal tuba of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Louisville Orchestra and the Mansfield Symphony.
Eric Huckins is a New York-based horn player, educator, and arranger. Passionately striving to connect with audiences in creative musical mediums, Eric regularly incorporates commissioning, improvisation, and his own compositions into his various musical and social projects.
New York City-based tenor and bass trombonist Daniel Schwalbach enjoys a varied career of orchestral playing and chamber music and is frequently engaged throughout the country.
Oliver Barrett is a trombonist from Houston, Texas, who joined his middle school band program and never looked back. Oliver received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, both under the mentorship of Per Brevig.
Caleb Wiebe, a trumpeter from Indiana, has performed professionally with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, with organist Clara Gerdes at the the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and as a founding member of The Brass Project at Music from Angel Fire. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, and while at Curtis, he and his colleagues won first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in the trumpet ensemble division. He has performed under the batons of renowned conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Caleb’s passion for music education and arts access led to his selection as an ArtistYear Fellow in Philadelphia, where he taught sixty-five recorder students at Powel Elementary School during the 2016-17 school year. Caleb has also served as a Teaching Artist for Jazz Aspen Snowmass and as a trumpet mentor for the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), an El Sistema-inspired initiative of the LA Philharmonic and its community partners.
As a founding member of The Brass Project, Caleb has premiered over thirty new works written for the ensemble over the past two years. The Brass Project’s work has been featured by Santa Fe Pro Musica and at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, and the Philadelphia Inquirer has called their playing “superb.” Their debut album, “Cityscaping,” will release in the spring of 2018.
Caleb received his bachelor's degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He continued his studies at the Colburn School in Los Angeles before earning an Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Bilger. Other major teachers include James Wilt, John Rommel, and Raymond Mase.
Brian Olson recently completed his master’s degree in trumpet performance at The Juilliard School as a student of Raymond Mase. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Steven Emery. Other teachers include Kevin Cobb and Peter Bond. Brian has participated in numerous festivals, including Aspen, where he was an Aspen Conducting Academy Fellow and New Horizons Fellow; Hot Springs (Arkansas); and Sewanee (Tennessee). Brian is currently principal trumpet with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the New York Chamber Soloists. He has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Metropolis Ensemble. Brian is actively involved with community outreach in New York City as both a performer and teacher. As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Brian teaches at Rachel Carson IS 237 Magnet School for the Arts in Queens.
Andrew Doub is the principal tuba of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Louisville Orchestra and the Mansfield Symphony. He is a founding member of The Brass Project, a chamber brass ensemble whose playing has been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “superb.” Andrew is based in the Philadelphia area, where he is an active freelancer.
Andrew completed two years of undergraduate studies at West Virginia University before transferring to the Curtis institute of Music. He studies with Paul Krzywicki, who is retired from the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with Craig Knox, principal tuba of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Eric Huckins is a New York-based horn player, educator, and arranger. Passionately striving to connect with audiences in creative musical mediums, Eric regularly incorporates commissioning, improvisation, and his own compositions into his various musical and social projects. A winner of Astral Artist's 2018 National Auditions, Eric is the first horn player to be a part of their roster.
As a new music enthusiast, Eric in the past two years alone has commissioned and premiered over 50 works for solo horn and in chamber settings including pieces by Pulitzer Prize winner Aaron Jay Kernis, Princeton Professor Emeritus Paul Lansky, and Rome Prize winner Sean Friar.
A passionate chamber musician, Eric is a founding member of multiple ensembles including Philadelphia-based Brass Sextet, The Brass Project and Tangent Winds which received the Bronze Medal at The Fischoff Competition. Eric has been featured as a chamber musician at festivals such as Music from Angel Fire and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. In 2015 and 2018, Eric held the Brass Quintet Fellowship at Aspen Music Festival. He has also appeared with The American Brass Quintet.
A community builder, Eric is the Co-Founder and Artistic Coordinator of The Arts at Blessed Sacrament, an arts series based in New York City which features the work of young artists through chamber music, orchestral concerts, dance, and art installations. In 2015, Eric revived the band program at South Philadelphia High School through his Community Artist Project at the Curtis Institute of Music. As an educator, Eric has held Gluck and Music Advancement Program fellowships through The Juilliard School. Eric has been in residence at Navajo Technical University with The Heartbeat Project, working with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade on composition and improvisation. While on the reservation, Eric developed a passion for traditional Navajo music and enjoys in his spare time arranging early American folk songs.
In traditional settings, Eric has appeared with ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra.
Eric received his Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music studying with Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang and his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Julie Landsman. He has also studied historical performance extensively with R.J. Kelley. Outside of his musical life, Eric is a guacamole enthusiast.
New York City-based tenor and bass trombonist Daniel Schwalbach enjoys a varied career of orchestral playing and chamber music and is frequently engaged throughout the country. An alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Schwalbach studied under Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn on tenor trombone and Blair Bollinger on bass trombone. Other influential teachers include Samuel Schlosser of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Craig Knox of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Immediately following his studies at Curtis, Mr. Schwalbach joined the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Principal Trombone for their 2016-2017 season. Mr. Schwalbach has performed with major ensembles across the united states including the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Princeton Symphony, New World Symphony and Symphony in C.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Schwalbach is a founding member of the Rendezvous Brass Quintet and The Brass Project. He has performed in esteemed concert halls and prestigious residencies with these ensembles, including the Aspen Music Festival (2015 Brass Quintet Fellowship Program, 2018 American Brass Quintet Seminar at Aspen) and Music From Angel Fire (2016), where he collaborated with Ida Kavafian, Gregory Zuber, and Peter Lloyd for a staged performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. The Brass Project’s entrepreneurial activities also include the recent release of their first album, Cityscaping, a collection of commissions that features works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize-winning composers.
Mr. Schwalbach was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Marié, a violinist in the New York Philharmonic.
Oliver Barrett is a trombonist from Houston, Texas, who joined his middle school band program and never looked back. Oliver received his bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, both under the mentorship of Per Brevig. During his summers, Oliver has been a fellow at the Round Top Festival Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra. After completing his master’s degree, Oliver had the privilege of playing second trombone during the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s 2015–2016 season under the direction of Hannu Lintu, with additional performances as part of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He has taught for the Harmony Program in New York City, and as part of the Music Advancement Program and Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship at The Juilliard School. He also recently competed as a finalist for the International Trombone Association’s Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize. As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Oliver teaches at George J. Ryan Middle School in Queens.
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