Honolulu Brass Quintet
Since its inception in 1976, the Honolulu Brass Quintet has been in demand throughout Honolulu and the state of Hawai‘i for all kinds of special occasions ranging from church services to private parties, from graduations to in-school performances. As one of three ensembles that make up Chamber Music Hawai‘i, the quintet continues to play full length brass quintet performances in Honolulu, in Palikū Theatre on the Windward side, and at University of Hawai‘i West Oahu on the Leeward side. All of its members are full-time professional musicians who perform regularly as members of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, providing the highest level of musical artistry to the state of Hawai‘i.
Kenneth’s music studies included undergraduate work at the State University of New York and graduate studies at Indiana University; he holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University. He has performed as a member of the trumpet section of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and predecessor Honolulu Symphony for more than 20 years and has been with Chamber Music Hawai‘i for most of those 20 years. His performing experience includes work with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and with the Maui Symphony.
JoAnn is the Associate Principal/2nd Trumpet of the HSO. She is also a member of the trumpet section of the Reading Symphony in Reading, PA. Other performance experiences include the Baltimore Symphony in Maryland, New Jersey Symphony, State of Mexico Symphony in Toluca, Mexico, Taoramina Arte in Sicily, Adele, Josh Groban, and the Spoleto Festival. Prior to coming to Hawai‘i, JoAnn held a position with the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music from Boston University and a Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
Anna is the Principal Hornist of the HSO. Since her orchestral debut at age twelve, Anna has appeared with over seventy different ensembles in venues throughout the United States, Poland, Germany, China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia. Her favorites include Carnegie Hall and Coachella. Ms. Lenhart received degrees from Bringham Young University, in Provo, Utah and University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. After a freezing childhood in southeast Idaho, Anna is thrilled to experience our Hawaiian winters.
A member of the Honolulu Brass Quintet since 2009, Jason is Principal Trombonist for HSO, a position he has held since 2008. He is Lecturer of Trombone at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and low brass instructor at the Punahou School. Jason received his Bachelor of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to Honolulu, Jason held positions with the Colorado Springs Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and the Cleveland Opera.
The newest member of the Chamber Music Hawai‘i family, Dr. Thomas J. Ricer is also the Tuba and Euphonium teacher at the University of Hawai‘i, a Life Member of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and a Yamaha Performing Artist. In addition to his performing duties with the Honolulu Brass Quintet, he is tubist with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Hawaiian Band, and the Emerald Brass Quintet. When not playing low brass, Ricer is the lead singer and bass player for the country combo “CASH Back,” has completed multiple marathons, and has worked as a certified group aerobics instructor.