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Education
  • B.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Michigan
  • M.M., Trumpet Performance, Northwestern University
  • D.M.A., Wind Conducting, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Biography

Dr. Bhasin joined the faculty of the College of William & Mary in 2011 as Director of Bands. In this capacity, he leads both the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds as well as teaches conducting. Prior to his appointment at William & Mary, he held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Trumpet Professor) and Triton College (Director of Instrumental Studies).

Bhasin has led a variety of university and professional ensembles. He is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator, and was recently invited to present a clinics at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference. His recent conducting activities include guest engagements at Interlochen Arts Academy, American Youth Philharmonic, Auburn University, and with the Washington Symphonic Brass (an ensemble composed of National and Baltimore Symphony musicians) on a concert featuring his transcriptions for brass. Bhasin has worked to advance diversity in performing arts education by participating in the Chicago Symphony’s Musicorps initiative as well as the Music Institute of Chicago’s Music Integration Project. In both, he led and mentored music ensembles composed of at-risk, Chicago youth.  In Winter 2014, he will conduct the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s popular brass and percussion concert series. Additionally, Bhasin serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras and Assistant Conductor of the Williamsburg Symphonia (a professional chamber orchestra composed of Richmond Symphony members).

As a trumpeter, Bhasin has performed with a variety of organizations including the Virginia Symphony and Opera, Columbus Symphony, New World Symphony, Illinois Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Chamber Opera, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and at the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Ravinia. With these musical institutions, he performed under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. He has been featured as a trumpet soloist on National Public Radio, Detroit PBS-TV, the International Computer Music Conference, and at the Chautauqua Music Festival.  Most recently, he toured the Czech Republic as a recitalist at the invitation of the International Dvořák Festival. Bhasin has recorded for both the Centaur and Interscope record labels.

Bhasin’s commercial and jazz trumpet performances have included appearances with Chuck Mangione, Jack Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, and at the Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Michigan Chamber Brass, Chicago Civic Brass Quintet, the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, at the Wisconsin Music Educator’s convention, and toured with the Artemis Chamber Brass of Chicago and Ars Ventus.

Bhasin’s articles have been published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His pedagogical trumpet text is published by BRASSJAR Music. His transcriptions and arrangements are published by Balquhidder Music and have been performed by the United States Marine Band, the United States Air Force Brass in Blue, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, and the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC).  His current projects include the composition and recording of the score to 923 Films Inc.’s feature film, Hogtown, a Centaur Records CD project featuring the music of W&M composer Brian Hulse and the W&M Wind Ensemble, and adapting light opera works for Opera Theater St. Louis.