Nelson M. Hauenstein Biography

About Nelson Hauenstein 

Nelson M. Hauenstein received a bachelor of music degree in 1942 from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he was a student of Joseph Mariano. He also studied with eminent flutist William Kincaid and received a master of music degree from the University of Michigan in 1947.

Hauenstein joined the University of Michigan as a teaching fellow in 1942. He was appointed instructor in 1947, assistant professor in 1955, associate professor in 1961, professor in 1965, and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Michigan School of Music in September 1971. He was in charge of student counseling and scholarships and was coordinator of the orchestras.

“A superb musician, whose playing produced memorable experiences and whose teaching inspired hundreds of talented students.”

—Robert A. Warner, Associate Dean, March 1975

“Nelson Hauenstein was not only one of the finest flutists and teachers in the world, but a very distinguished performer and one of the best loved members of the faculty. He was an administrator of great humanity whose main concern was to help students.”

—Allen P. Britton, Dean of the U-M School of Music, March 1975

He was a founding member of the University of Michigan (U-M) Woodwind Quintet and Baroque Trio and performed with these groups for many years on radio, television and the concert stage. He performed frequently with the Ann Arbor and Plymouth Orchestras and made solo appearances with Michigan orchestras and bands. He was also noted as a flute clinician and adjudicator for solo and ensemble festivals and band and orchestra competitions.

The Nelson Hauenstein Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 1975 by his wife, friends, colleagues and students, the award is to serve as a permanent memorial.

Nelson M. Hauenstein lived from September 15, 1920–February 3, 1975.

Further Reading

  1. “S-M Grieves Loss Of Associate Dean Hauenstein.” Music at Michigan, Vol. 8, No. 9. University of Michigan School of Music. UM Libraries. 1 March 1975: 3. Print. Web. 10 May 2015. <>.