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Amherst Saxophone Quartet Biographies, continued

Stephen Rosenthal, tenor, is a founding member of the ASQ, and has spent the majority of his professional career touring and performing with the Quartet. He studied saxophone with Edward Yadzinski and John Sedola, and clarinet with James Pyne, receiving a BFA in Music Performance from SUNY at Buffalo. Mr. Rosenthal has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Steve comes from a family of music lovers and began lessons on the recorder when he was five. Clarinet lessons followed two years later. When he was twelve, the tenor saxophone was added to the mix, as his junior high school teacher, Rodger Eckers, had started a big band. By high school, Steve was playing in the wind ensemble, school orchestra, rock groups and a dixieland band.

He was introduced to the saxophone quartet form by Ed Yadzinski while at the University at Buffalo. After two years of playing in student quartets, Steve knew that this was the full-time career he wanted to pursue.

Steve does much of the administrative work for the ASQ, and also serves on the national boards of Chamber Music America and the American Composers Forum, and has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches a course in "The Business of Chamber Music for Chamber Musicians" at the University at Buffalo.

When not playing music, Steve has several key interests. He became fascinated with video and produced the Quartet's video, ASQKids, among others. He has done much of the ASQ's graphic design over the past four years, and works with 3D Animation. The cover of this program book is an example of his work. He is also an instrument rated airplane pilot, and enjoys baking bread and proof reeding.

Harry Fackelman, baritone, is a founding member of the ASQ. He studied saxophone with Edward Yadzinski and clarinet with Allen Sigel. He received a BFA in Music Education from SUNY at Buffalo. Mr. Fackelman has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in both pops and orchestral settings.

At the age of seven, a clarinet suddenly appeared in the Fackelman house and Harry began taking music lessons. At the age of ten, he joined a small combo that made a guest appearance at the wedding of his early mentor, Richard Sowinski. Two years later, he added the saxophone to his studies. Ironically, an early highlight in his musical career was a performance in a junior high saxophone quartet. He performed as a young soloist with his junior and senior high bands, and most recently as a guest soloist with the University at Buffalo Wind Ensemble.

Mr. Fackelman is currently working with young musicians at the Nardin Academy and has taught saxophone at the University at Buffalo since 1991. He has completed nearly fifty arrangements for saxophone quartet and two for saxophone ensemble. Harry is active in the UB Sax Ensemble and teaches the jazz portion of Pop Music-From Ragtime to Rock at the University at Buffalo, with fellow members of the ASQ. He is very interested in jazz and R&B, and has performed with small groups and standard big bands. For fifteen years he has played for public and private occasions as a member of Special Edition.

When he is not touring, rehearsing, or performing, you will find Harry with Kathryn Wiese, a saxophonist and music teacher. Harry also enjoys skiing, the outdoors, and is likely to be dreaming about building a log home in the country.

One of Mr. Fackelman's goals is to complete his contemporary jazz fusion piece for saxophone quartet. So far he has 62 measures.

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