B. M. - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Performance/Music Education
Brian Kaufman is a musician, teacher, and entrepreneur that has a passion for sharing music with communities in a way that makes an impact. As a founder and Artistic Director of The Sounding Board (TSB), Brian has created programs addressing social issues through music. Under his leadership, TSB events have run in partnership with organizations from the United Nations to the underground art gallery Yes Oui Si and have featured musicians and special guests from Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Gunther Schuller to Emmy-nominated composer and hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR). TSB's consistently sold-out shows have engaged a wide range of new audiences, particularly college students and young professionals. An active conductor, tubist and jazz vocalist, Brian has performed in venues from New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall to Xian China’s Groovz Jazz Club. He recently conducted the world premiere of DBR's Gilgamesh on the Crooked Riverat Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art. Previous work has included being a mentor at From the Top’s Center for Arts Leadership, serving as a Resident Artist and conductor at an El Sistema program in Boston, and consulting and assessing arts organizations nationally through the Center for Music in Education (CMIE). He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Music at University of Maryland Baltimore County where he conducts the wind ensemble, teaches music education, gives private instruction in tuba, and leads courses in conducting. Brian has presented on entrepreneurship, music, and creativity as vehicles for social change at institutions including United Nations Headquarters, the Ford Foundation, and Yale University.