Pokorny Low Brass Seminar
L-R: Andrew Glendening, Tim Higgins, Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes, Gene Pokorny
Gene Pokorny, tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Mulcahy, trombone, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony
Andrew Glendening, trombone, University of Redlands
Tim Higgins, principal trombone, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Jeff Reynolds, bass trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (retired)
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.
In past years the performers have included professional symphony musicians, free-lancers, college teachers, graduate and undergraduate music majors, advanced high school students and dedicated amateurs. These broad perspectives have created wonderfully rich discussions that inspired and energized 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 Audition
Specifically, here are some of the areas we will explore:
- Warm-ups and warm-ups that go way beyond
- Sensitivity in balancing brass ensembles and particularly an orchestral low brass section
- Untraditional ensemble skills
- What is correct vs. What is traditional (!)
- What happens in practice doesn’t necessarily work in theory (i.e. knowing not just WHAT is musical but HOW to do it)
- 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”
Only a limited number of performers will be accepted by audition or professional recommendation. Auditors may join in the group warm-up sessions, but will not perform in the masterclasses, clinics or concerts.
To apply as a performer, complete the application and submit a one-page resume and a recording of 2 contrasting solo passages and 5 standard orchestral excerpts by April 1, 2014. To apply by professional references contact Dr. Andrew Glendening directly at Andrew_Glendening@redlands.edu. Performers will be notified by April 15, 2014. Tuition for performers is $650.
To audit the Seminar, complete the application and return with the appropriate fee. Auditors may choose to attend daily for $75 per day or for the entire workshop for $250.
On campus housing is available for $32.50 per night plus a flat fee of $12.50 for linens.
For more information call (909) 748-8700.