Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

June 18-23, 2018

Gene Pokorny, tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chris Olka, tuba, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Higgins, principal trombone, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Jeremy Wilson, trombone, Vanderbilt University
Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony
Andrew Glendening, trombone, University of Redlands
Scott Sutherland, tuba, University of Redlands

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, Auditor or as a participant in the Pre-College (High School) 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 Masterclasses. High School Program participants will attend all of the talks and concerts, but will have a special set of masterclasses designed specially for younger students.

To apply as a performer, complete the application (select “Pokorny Low Brass Seminar” or “Pokorny High School Seminar Registration”) and submit the $50 application fee along with a one-page resume and a recording of 2 contrasting solo passages and 5 standard orchestral excerpts by April 1, 2017. Recordings can be uploaded in the application via web links using Dropbox, YouTube, SoundCloud 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, 2017. Tuition for performers is $700. Room and board is available on campus for $350. The Seminar begins at noon on June 18th and continues through 5pm on June 23rd.

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.

High School Seminar Program
June 18-23, 2018

Directed by Scott Sutherland, the High School program includes many of the clinics and concerts from the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar plus special workshops and ensembles. Cost for the program is $725 including room and board or $400 for commuting students.

Pre-College Registration Form (select Pokorny High School Seminar Registration from the dropdown menu)

Pokorny Seminar Application Form (select Pokorny Low Brass Seminar from the dropdown menu)

For more information call (909) 748-8700.

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