Bruce Krasin


Bruce has performed extensively in the United States, Canada and Russia as a soloist, orchestral and jazz orchestra musician. He has toured with Tony Bennet and performed with The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Yusef Lateef, among others. Bruce served with the United States Air Force NORAD 504th Air Force Jazz Band of the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Springs, performing extensively in North America. He has appeared on the NBC “Today Show” with Katie Couric and toured and recorded in Russia with the Jeff Holmes Big Band. Bruce was a guest artist at the Jazz Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Russia under the direction of David Goloschokin, guest artist with the Keene State College Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Don Baldini, bassist with the  the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra, and for twenty years held the oboe/english horn chair with the Commonwealth Opera Orchestra. Currently, Bruce is the lead alto saxophonist for the Amherst Jazz Orchestra, principle reed player for the Barrington Stage Company, and teaches at Smith College, Greenfield Community College, and the Eaglebrook School in addition to his work at Deerfield Academy. 

Bruce studied clarinet with Prof. Joseph Contino at the University of Massachusetts and Sherman Friedland formerly of the Minneapolis Symphony, flute studies with Maria Tamburrino of the Utica Symphony, oboe and English horn and reed making with Prof. Charles Lehrer, with Prof. Fred Cohen, principle oboist of Springfield Symphony, and with Charles Schultz, formerly  of the West Virginia Symphony. In Boston, Bruce studied saxophone and jazz improvisation at the Berklee School of Music with Joe Viola, former Head of the Woodwind Dept. at Berklee and noted studio and theatre musician in Boston.

When not playing music, Bruce can usually be found hiking or skiing in the mountains of Vermont.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

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