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2020 Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:29 pm
by aglendening
Pokorny Low Brass Seminar
June 15-19, 2020
Gene Pokorny, tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chris Olka, tuba, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Derek Fenstermacher, tuba, St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Scott Tegge, tuba, Northern Illinois University
Michael Mulcahy, trombone, Chicago Symphony
Jeremy Wilson, trombone, Vanderbilt University
David Binder, trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Glendening, trombone, Northern Illinois University
Gerry Pagano, bass trombone, St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Douglas Yeo, bass trombone, Wheaton College
Unlike many festival type opportunities, this is an intense workshop for low brass players to really engage a wide range of musical, stylistic, technical and professional issues in-depth with unprecedented access to some of the most respected low brass players.
Participating performers include a wide range of professional symphony musicians, freelancers, college teachers, graduate and undergraduate music majors, advanced high school students and dedicated amateurs. These broad perspectives create wonderfully rich discussions that inspire and energize all of the participants.
The curriculum consists of:
• Faculty solo and ensemble recitals
• Group warm-up classes
• Masterclasses and Clinics
• Orchestral section work and Mock Auditions

Specifically, here are some of the areas we will explore:
• Warm-ups, and warm-ups that go way beyond
• Sensitivity in balancing brass ensembles; particularly an orchestral low brass section
• What is correct vs. what is traditional (!)
• Team playing and the musical brain
• Our responsibility to the art and to the future of it
• The importance of clarity "out front"
• The art of listening (i.e. to finally HEAR what you have been listening to)
• Solos and Interpretation (i.e. getting away from fat-free, taste-free, style-free playing)
• Life and Livelihood: the balancing act
• Guacamole, trains, astronomy and "The Search for Intelligent Life in the Modern-Day Symphony Orchestra"

You can attend the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar as a Performer or Auditor. All participants play in the warm-up and large ensembles and can attend any of the sessions. A limited number of performers will be accepted by audition or professional recommendation to perform in the Masterclasses.
If you are under the age of 18, you can participate in the High School Brass Seminar or be an auditor. High School Brass Seminar participants will attend all of the talks and concerts but will have a special set of masterclasses designed especially for younger students.
To apply as a performer, submit a one-page resume and links to recordings of 2 contrasting solo passages and 5 standard orchestral excerpts by March 15, 2020 along with a $40 nonrefundable application fee (will be applied to your balance owed) The remainder of tuition will be due upon acceptance. Application link coming soon!

Experienced professionals and college faculty may apply by resume or professional reference. To do so, contact Dr. Andrew Glendening directly at" target="_blank.
Performers will be notified by April 15, 2018. Tuition for performers is $500 and is due on acceptance. Rooms are available on campus for at the Holmes Student Center or at many local hotels. The Seminar begins at 9 am on June 15th and continues through 5pm on June 19th.
Auditors may choose to attend daily for $50 per day or for the entire workshop for $200. Auditor registration is coming soon!

Re: 2020 Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:06 am
by tofu
Where is this taking place?

Re: 2020 Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:25 am
by aglendening
The Seminar will be held at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL.

Re: 2020 Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:56 pm
by mikebmiller
Is there a web page? Just wondering about lodging costs. Those are more than the actual seminar at a lot of these things.

Re: 2020 Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:19 pm
by aglendening