Prior to joining the Seattle Symphony, Ben Hausmann served as principal oboe of L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Florida Philharmonic and the Savannah Symphony. He has been a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Baltimore Symphony.
Hausmann’s summer festivals include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival, where his performance of Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto was broadcast on National Public Radio.
His primary performance influences include Elaine Douvas at The Juilliard School, where he received his MM degree; Richard Woodhams at the Aspen Music Festival; and Nathan Hughes, previous Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe.
Unprecedented for an incoming student, Hausmann was appointed as music theory coach for graduate students at Juilliard, and the following year taught sophomore- and junior-level theory. He was adjunct professor at Armstrong Atlantic State University and Georgia Southern University, and has been a guest private and master class teacher at Juilliard Pre-College.
An avid composer, Hausmann’s work aims to uniquely amalgamate disparate favorite styles throughout history. His first orchestral tone poem was performed by the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra. Also an active pianist, he has served as the keyboardist of the Hilton Head Orchestra and faculty recital accompanist at Georgia Southern University.