Brass Quest is a forum to share our love for playing, teaching, and learning music. Here we present our ideas, concepts, and explorations in performing and in educating the next generation of brass musicians. We have dedicated our lives to studying this craft and applying it in performance as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral performers. Our musical journeys have taken us across the world in a variety of situations; we've gathered our collective experience here for our fellow brass players and enthusiasts; we hope it's enjoyable and enlightening!
DeAunn Davis recently moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue performance after four years of teaching French horn at the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to enjoying her seventh season with the Boulder Philharmonic, DeAunn has also performed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, and Opera Colorado. She holds degrees from Northwestern University (BM), DePaul University (MM), and the University of Utah (DMA). While working in the Chicago-land area, DeAunn was a founding member of the critically-acclaimed chamber group Fifth House Ensemble, with whom she was an artist in residence at Yale University and the New England Conservatory. She has also performed with the Cabrillo Festival, the Honolulu and Utah Symphonies, and traveled to Haiti as an artist with the Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité Woodwind Festival.
Adam Snider is the Principal Tuba of the Boise Philharmonic and Lancaster Festival Orchestras. Previously he has held that position with the Honolulu and Lacrosse Symphony Orchestras, and has performed with the Utah, Alabama, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras. He is the Instructor of Tuba at Boise State University and has held positions at University of Nevada, Reno and University of Hawai`i-Mānoa. Adam has performed and given master classes across the U.S. as well as in Chile, China, and Japan. He has also enjoyed competing at the North American Brass Band Association Championships with the Chicago Brass Band and playing the stages of Chicagoland with the rock band Black Umbrella Brigade. Adam has founded and directed new music ensembles at the University of Nevada, Reno and Western Michigan University. Adam has commissioned new music for tuba from composers Miguel Chuaqui, Brian Kelly, Rudolf Rojahn, Karen Olson, Tim Chatwood, and Lachlan Fife. He has studied at The Boston Conservatory (BM Education, Performance), Western Michigan University (MM), DePaul University, and the University of Utah (DMA).