Hannah Hammel Maser
Principal, Alan J. and Sue Kaufman and Family Chair
DSO member since 2020
Hannah Hammel Maser joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in January 2020. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and New Music Detroit. Before joining the DSO, Hammel Maser held the position of Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2017–2019.
As an orchestral musician, Hammel Maser has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, the Richmond Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Hammel Maser has attended summer festivals including Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Pacific Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Round Top Music Festival.
Hammel Maser is a sought-after teacher and orchestral excerpt coach and has been invited to teach for the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of North Texas, the University of Alabama, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, and was a coach for the Sphinx Organization's 2022 Audition Intensive with the New World Symphony. Hammel Maser maintains an active private studio in Detroit and also enjoys coaching flutists virtually.
As a soloist, Hammel Maser won first prize in the 2016 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2016 Houston Flute Club Byron Hester Competition, the 2015 Atlanta Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the 2014 National Flute Association Orchestral Excerpt & Masterclass Competition, the 2013 Central Ohio Flute Association Collegiate Division Competition and second prize in the 2013 Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition. Hammel Maser now serves as the Competition Coordinator for the NFA's Orchestral Excerpt & Masterclass Competition.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Hammel Maser began studying the flute with her mother, Alice Hammel. She holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and a minor in music theory from the Oberlin Conservatory (2015) where she studied with Alexa Still. She graduated with a Master of Music in flute performance in 2017 from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a student of Leone Buyse.
Hammel Maser plays on an 18K gold Muramatsu flute and a Keefe piccolo. She lives in Detroit with her husband, trombonist Ian Maser and their two labradoodles, Evelyn and Cooper.