Program Book 2002-2003 page 21

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 sax 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, has served 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.

When not playing music, Steve has several key interests. He is the video artist that produced the Quartet's video, ASQKids, the ASQ website, and is the group's graphic designer. His 3D animations can be seen on broadcast television. He is also an instrument rated airplane pilot, and enjoys baking bread, but is no longer allowed to proof reed.

Steve lives with his son Max, a professional hockey player (age 7), and wife, cellist Nancy Baun.

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, Harry began studying clarinet. By 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 UB 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 twelve for saxophone ensemble. Harry conducts 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 an accomplished performer of jazz and R&B, and has performed with small groups and standard big bands. For eighteen years he has played for public and private occasions as a member of Special Edition.

When he is not touring, rehearsing, or performing, Harry also enjoys skiing, the outdoors, and is likely to be dreaming about building a log home in the country.

Mr. Fackelman's has just completed one of his goals: to complete his contemporary jazz fusion piece for saxophone quartet, which has now become a samba.

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book 2002-03 Individual Biographies