Associate Principal & Bass Clarinet - Sol and Esther Drescher Chair, by Susan and Mark Mulzet

Steve Hanusofski, assistant principal and bass clarinet for The Phoenix Symphony, was born in Miami, Fla., where he began playing the clarinet at the age of 11 in his junior high band program. In high school, Hanusofski also played flute, bassoon and saxophone; he began piano lessons at age 15 and minored in piano as an undergraduate student. He studied for his bachelor's degree in music performance at North Park College in Chicago and returned home to get his master's degree at Florida State University. He has done doctoral work at both Florida State and Arizona State universities.

Hanusofski is proficient on the entire family of clarinets. His professional training also includes study with Clark Brody, former principal clarinet with the Chicago Symphony, and Robert Marcellus, former principal clarinet with the Cleveland Orchestra. Prior to joining The Phoenix Symphony in 1986, he performed with the Florida Philharmonic and the Miami Opera.

An active chamber musician in the Phoenix-metropolitan area, Hanusofski has performed extensively as a soloist and as a member of the Bel Canto Players. He is also a faculty member of the Arizona Community School of the Arts and the Arizona School of the Arts. When not performing or teaching, he is an avid film buff and pool player.