- Instrument Double Bass
Brett Wagner is a member of the Bass section with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Living as a freelance musician in Chicago since 2011, he also has performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Illinois Symphony, South Florida Orchestra, Oistrakh Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, Northbrook Symphony, as well as many other groups in the Chicago Metro Area and across the upper Midwest.
Native to Hutchinson, Kansas, Mr. Wagner earned his Bachelors of Music Performance at Wichita State University under the direction of Dr. Mark Foley. He also earned a Masters in Music Performance and a Performance Certificate at DePaul University under the direction of Chicago Symphony Bassists, Robert Kassinger and Michael Hovnanian. Additional studies include spending 2 summers studying with renowned bass soloist, Gary Karr, in Victoria, Canada, as well as studies with Chicago Symphony Principal Bassist, Alexander Hanna.
When not performing, Brett is a Senior Supervisor of the Ravinia Festival Box Office, summer home of Chicago Symphony as well as various classical and popular acts. He also enjoys following sports, engaging in politics, and being in the company of his family as well as the many friends he has met across all of his travels.