Meet Michael Hernandez

“I believe that it is an educator’s responsibility to assist in removing the hindrances that lie on the student’s path to knowledge. In doing so, the student’s true potential can be unlocked and developed. It is a privilege to be able to take part in such an endeavor.”

Students on Michael’s teachings

“Michael’s passion for music and investing in people’s lives is contagious; and that warmth and drive can be felt in every lesson”

“Michael is able to gauge your musical strengths and weaknesses to help streamline your learning”

“Michael not only teaches you to be a proficient technician of the saxophone; he teaches you to be an independent and articulate musician”

“Michael knows just what I need to succeed, it’s great to have a teacher who is passionate and caring every step of the way”

Meet The Mana Quartet

Called a “groundbreaking ensemble” by the Los Angeles Chronicle, the Mana Quartet has repeatedly won high praise from today’s leading composers, noted as an ensemble that is “vigorous and accomplished…deserving every success” and “beautifully balanced…a new bright light in the world of chamber music” by Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen and Ellen Taafe Zwilich. Championed as “Saxophone Ambassadors” by Chamber Music Magazine, Mana embodies its namesake as a pervasive force, advocating for the saxophone in classical music.

In 2009, the group became the first saxophone quartet in history to receive the coveted Grand Prize of the Coleman International Chamber Competition, garnering national attention and activity on the national chamber music circuit. Since 2012, the group has been the Chamber Ensemble in Residence of the National Music Festival, and previously held annual appointments at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, Music in the Mountains, and the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra.

The Mana Quartet is a D’Addario Performing Ensemble and performs exclusively on Reserve Classic reeds.

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