Meet Michael Hernandez
“I teach saxophone because I think it’s so important to have a good headstart. And that’s something I realized I didn’t have when I was a kid. So I try to constantly look at how I grew up learning the benefits and then I try to put that into teaching. But then also what was I lacking and I try to remove those hinderances.”
Students on Michael’s teachings
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.
For more information on The Mana Quartet, visit their website at https://themanaquartet.com/