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Professional Euphonium Quartet
Besson Performing Artists

FivE is a creative and innovative new quartet that pushes the boundaries of low brass chamber music. Combining comedy and theater with outstanding musicianship, FivE brings fresh energy to a unique musical product. Conceived in 2012, FivE has attracted national attention for its distinguished sound, popular YouTube videos, and success in chamber music competitions. In 2013, FivE was selected internationally as one of twelve ensembles to compete in the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the largest of its kind in the world. FivE is the only euphonium quartet ever to advance to the Fischoff quarterfinals.

The recent emergence of euphonium quartet as a serious performing ensemble coincides with a need to expand the canon of original repertoire. As a result, FivE composes, arranges, and adapts new music and old favorites specifically tailored to the strengths of the ensemble while combating the difficulties of arranging for homogeneous instruments.

FivE performed their popular shows “NEON”, “#hashtags”, and “FivE Years of FivE” in over a dozen cities since 2015. Highlight performances include a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The quartet also regularly gives clinics and has toured through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Individually, the members of FivE have excelled in prestigious solo and composition competitions. Their successes include first prizes in the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival, the MTNA Young Artist Solo and Composition Competitions, ITEC Young Artist Competition,, and University Concerto Competitions.

In the Fall of 2017, FivE released their first full album titled “Play” on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and other popular media platforms. FivE is a performing ensemble with Buffet Crampon and plays exclusively on Besson instruments.

Louisiana State University
S.E. Shires Performing Artist

Trombonist and pedagogue Hana Beloglavec has a dynamic career performing as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teaching at Louisiana State University. She is slated to be a guest artist at the upcoming International Women’s Brass Conference at University of North Texas in May, 2022. In March 2020, Beloglavec performed the Lars-Erik Larsson Trombone Concertino with the U.S. Army Orchestra as a guest artist of the American Trombone Workshop. As a soloist, she has been interested in pieces for loop pedal and trombone and has commissioned Chemical Reaction by Marc Mellits.​

Hana Beloglavec received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Professors Michael Mulcahy, Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, and Christopher Davis. She completed her Master of Music degree at Yale University and her Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University, where she studied with Professor Scott Hartman and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, respectively. In 2019 she was awarded the Early Career Award from Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts. Hana Beloglavec is currently the assistant professor of music at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she teaches trombone and chamber music.

Hana Beloglavec is a Shires Artist and an Ultimate Brass Artist.  

Dr. Beloglavec's full bio - HERE

Sam Houston State University
Adams Performing Artist

Dr. Jerome Stover was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, USA and holds degrees in Music from Indiana, DePaul, Yale, and Boston Universities. Over the course of several years, Dr. Stover has performed with the Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Oregon, Jacksonville, Alabama, New Mexico, Korean Broadcasting System, and New World Symphonies. He has also held the post of interim principal tubist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra with whom he has appeared as a soloist. Dr. Stover’s other solo appearances have included performing as a guest soloist of the Yale School of Music in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and presenting a recital at the 2015 Southwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Grants, New Mexico. He can be heard on recordings with the Chicago and Honolulu Symphonies as well as the DePaul Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Stover’s performances have taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.  He has been a principal musician of the Tanglewood Music Center, Cascades Music Festival, Sun River Music Festival, and has performed at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. Dr. Stover’s teaching experience has included local public schools as well as previously serving on the faculties of the University of Hawaii, Rochester College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Presently, Dr. Stover teaches tuba at Sam Houston State University as well as a large studio of tuba and euphonium students in the Houston area.




University of Houston
Houston Grand Opera & Ballet, ret.

Brian Kauk (Trombone) became an Affiliate Artist of Trombone at the Moores School of Music in 1995, and was a member of the Moores Faculty Brass Quintet for 13 years. As a student of Allen Barnhill, he earned his B. M. in Applied Music from the University of Houston. He has performed extensively with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, including two international tours and can be heard on various recordings. In addition, he has performed with the Utah, San Antonio, and Jacksonville symphonies, and for numerous summers with the Utah Festival Opera Company and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Kauk has taught at the Texas Music Festival for many years and, in 2004, led efforts to successfully establish the Al Lube Scholarship Endowment, in honor of his former teacher. After decades of service, he retired as Principal Trombone of both the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras. While a member of the HGO orchestra, Mr. Kauk participated in NPR broadcasts as well as HGO's commercial CDs of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas and Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men.

University of Houston
Houston Symphony

Phillip Freeman began his musical studies on euphonium before switching to bass trombone during his senior year at the University of Houston. After completing a degree in composition he continued his study of trombone at the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and Spoleto Festival USA.

Freeman has been the bass trombonist of the Houston Symphony since 2007, before which he was a member of the Sarasota Opera orchestra. He has performed with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Houston Ballet on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet.

Formerly a faculty member of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the American Festival for the Arts, he now teaches at the Texas Music Festival and the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

University of Houston
Houston Grand Opera and Ballet

Mark Barton is currently principal tuba with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Waco Symphony, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Barton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of St. Thomas, a Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University. In recent years he has participated in the production of eight world premiere performances with Houston Grand Opera, the most recent being Andre Previn's A Brief Encounter. Barton is also an active freelance artist and clinician.

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