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Mr. Brian Kaufman

Kaufmanpic_001As a conductor, tubist, educator, and social entrepreneur, Brian Kaufman has shared the stage as a performer and speaker alongside the likes of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Gunther Schueller, Emmy-nominated composer and hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, the cult pop-rock band Tally Hall, Canadian Brass veteran Joe Burgstaller, and Her Royal Highness Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite. He is a founder, artistic director, and conductor of The Sounding Board, a Boston-based organization that addresses social issues through music. Under his leadership, TSB events have run in partnership with organizations such as the United Nations, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office, The Boston Globe, National Defense University, Tufts’ Fletcher School, and New England Conservatory. He’s been a champion of new and innovative music, which has included conducting the world premiere of Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Gilgamesh on the Crooked River at Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Glee music director-pianist Brad Ellis’s McGuffy’s Reeder for oboe solo with the UMBC Wind Ensemble.

Kaufman has additionally held leadership roles with numerous pilot arts-in-education programs. He was previously a mentor at the NPR syndicated music radio show From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership where he guided college and high school students in community music projects. He also served as a Resident Artist and conductor at an El Sistema program in Boston’s Conservatory Lab Charter School. In 2012, he was selected as the U.S. National Coordinator for the United Nations Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest, which engaged over 1,000 youth from more than 40 countries and over 200,000 global citizens worldwide. As a researcher, he has been involved with consulting and assessment projects for arts organizations nationally through the Center for Music in Education (CMIE). His research areas include social impact through music, the global El Sistema movement, music teacher education, and beginning conducting pedagogy. Collectively, his work has led to international presentations on entrepreneurship, music, and creativity as vehicles for social change at institutions including the United Nations, the Ford Foundation, and Yale University.


Assistant Professor
Wind Ensemble
Office: 410-455-6586
Room: PAHB 257



B.M. in Tuba Performance and Music Education, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
M.M. in Tuba Performance, University of Maryland – College Park
M.M. in Conducting, New England Conservatory


Music Education
Director of Wind Ensemble
Tuba and Euphonium

Research Interest

Music Education
Social Change through Music