Paul Von Hoff
Ryan Berndt is one of the trumpet players of the Gaudete Brass. His talents in business development have helped the quintet expand into new markets and develop exciting new publicity for the group. Ryan brings a strong background in both education and performance to the quintet. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Silk Road Ensemble, Chicago Civic Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim and Jay Friedman, and has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra's "Share A Chair" program under the direction of Eiji Oue. He has performed internationally at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and at the Isao Satoshi in Kurashiki, Japan. Outside of classical music, he has performed with the National High School cast for the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and appeared with the Regis Philbin Big Band. Ryan has taught trumpet at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and is currently the Trumpet Faculty Chair at the New Music School in Chicago.
Ryan is a graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he earned an Artist Diploma in Orchestral Studies. He also earned degrees of Master of Music in Performance and Literature from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Music from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN.
Originally from Culpeper, VA, Philip Kassel is a member of Gaudete Brass and is the Associate Principal Horn of the Boise Philharmonic. During his first season with the Philharmonic, he was the featured horn soloist in their performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Serenata Chamber Orchestra and, in 2015, will again perform as a soloist with the Boise Philharmonic in two performances of Robert Schumann's Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Orchestra.
Philip has performed with the MLW Festival Philharmonie in Germany and the Netherlands, the McCall Summerfest Orchestra, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Sun Valley Opera Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Josh Groban, Wicked the Musical, Opera Idaho, and the Chicago Classical Philharmonic. He also has been heard on public radio broadcasts with the Boise Philharmonic and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.
He studied horn at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary teachers were Jonathan Boen, Oto Carrillo, Jeff Fair, Jack Masarie, and Floyd Cooley.
When not playing horn, Philip enjoys cooking, computer programming, traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Holly, who is a clarinet player.
Bill Baxtresser is a Chicago based soloist and chamber musician who performs for both contemporary and classical trumpet audiences around the country. Having been honored as the Detroit’s Artist of the Year from Tuesday’s Musicale in 2013, Bill has captured the interest of a wide variety of musical organizations across the United States.
Bill plays in Gaudete Brass, a chamber group committed to the enhancement of the brass quintet genre through the commissioning of new works and music education. Gaudete Brass joined the Cedille Records catalog in 2012 and released their debut album “Chicago Moves”. He is also the 2nd trumpet in the West Michigan Symphony under the direction of Scott Speck, and is an Artist Faculty at Roosevelt University. Bill teaches at Music Institute of Chicago and has lead masterclasses at some of the most esteemed music establishments in the United States including Juilliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Cal Arts, and the University of Michigan.
Bill studied trumpet at Western Michigan University under Dr. Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg. He has also studied with some of the world’s preeminent trumpeters, including Barry Bauguss, Ramón Parcells, and Marcus Belgrave. Bill has performed at both Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, and he maintains strong ties to both the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Composers Orchestra. Furthering his dedication to young musicians, Bill co-founded a music education publishing company, TKBB Press, in 2011. TKBB Press provides innovative new ideas to young musicians through its products, recordings and philosophies.
Scott Tegge is the tubist in the Gaudete Brass, and works to create performance opportunities for the group. A Chicago native, Scott received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Tuba Performance. He continued his studies and received his Master's degree from University of Miami and Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies from Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. While in Miami, he performed with numerous orchestras such as the New World Symphony, Miami Bach Society, Palm Beach Symphony, and he also served as the Principal Tuba with Miami Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, Scott has performed with Elgin Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and Chicago Sinfonietta. In addition to his performing career, he serves on faculty at Carthage College, where he made his solo debut with the Carthage College Wind Ensemble on their tour to Japan. Scott also teaches at Merit School of Music, and coaches chamber music at Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Paul Von Hoff is a trombonist and chamber music specialist who performs extensively on both historic and modern trombones. Paul is a founding member of the Gaudete Brass Quintet, where he is responsible for much of the planning and organization of long term artistic and programing goals for the group. Paul is also a founding member of Rook, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing the music of the 16th and 17th centuries, where he plays baroque alto, tenor and bass trombones (sackbuts) and Renaissance slide trumpet. Rook recently released their first album,eleven, featuring the rare instrumental combination of violin, bass violin, harpsichord and trombone. He is the trombone instructor at Carthage College as well on the music faculty at Roosevelt University as artist-in-residence with the GBQ. Paul holds a Bachelors degree cum laude from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree from Roosevelt University and has studied historic trombone with Greg Ingles, as well as modern trombone with Frank Crisafulli, Lawrence Borden, and Jay Friedman.