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Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

Pokorny Low Brass Seminar 2013

L-R: Jeff Reynolds, Randall Hawes, Sean Reusch, Gene Pokorny, Scott Sutherland, Andrew Glendening, Tim Higgins, Michael Mulcahy

Pokorny Low Brass Seminar
June 28 - July 3, 2015

Gene Pokorny, tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sergio Carolino, tuba, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Musica
Timothy Higgins, principal trombone, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony
Andrew Glendening, trombone, University of Redlands
Scott Sutherland, tuba, University of Redlands and Presidio Brass

Special Guest Faculty
James Miller, associate principal trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic
John Lofton, bass trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

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 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 and 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, Auditor or as a participant in the Pre-College Program. 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 Master Classes. Pre-College Program participants will attend all of the talks and concerts, but will have a special set of masterclasses designed specially for the younger student.

To apply as a performer, complete the application and submit the $35 application fee along with a one-page resume and a recording of 2 contrasting solo passages and 5 standard orchestral excerpts by April 1, 2015. Recordings can be submitted by CD or via the web suing Dropbox, YouTube, or a similar application. The remainder of tuition will be due upon acceptance.

Experienced professionals and college faculty may apply by resume and professional reference. To do so, contact Dr. Andrew Glendening directly at Andrew_Glendening@redlands.edu. Performers will be notified by April 15, 2015. Tuition for performers is $900 including room and board. $700 without room and board. The Seminar begins at noon on June 29th and continues through 5pm on Thursday, July 3rd.

To audit the Seminar, complete the application and return with the appropriate fee. Auditors may choose to attend daily for $100 per day or for the entire workshop for $300. On campus housing is available either by day or for the seminar.

Pre-College Seminar Program: High school age brass players can now attend the Pre-College Seminar. Directed by Scott Sutherland, the Pre-College program includes many of the clinics and concerts from the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar plus special workshops and ensembles for the high school age low brass players. The Pre-College Seminar will begin on Saturday, June 28th and conclude on Thursday, July 3rd. Cost for the program is $600 including room and board or $375 for commuting students.

Pre-College Registration Form (coming soon)

For more information call (909) 748-8700.


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