Scranton Brass Orchestra

(THE NEXT PERFORMANCE BY THE SCRANTON BRASS ORCHESTRA IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014.

Now entering its fourth season, The Scranton Brass Orchestra is a fully professional 27 member ensemble, founded in 2011 by co-directors/conductors Cheryl Y. Boga and Mark Gould. Comprised of brass players and teachers from the region, membership is by invitation only. The group's performances are free of charge and open to the public, and feature nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, including many of the most respected brass players of our time. The group made its debut before hundreds of appreciative audience members in June 2011, and has since garnered acclaim from both audiences and musicians alike. The directors' goals for the group include:

  • To provide a high level large brass ensemble performance opportunity for regional professional brass players and teachers
  • To provide participating musicians and teachers with opportunities to work with and observe masters of the art of brass playing (soloists to date have included Mark Gould, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian Jaudes, Marcus Printup, Brian McWhorter, Sam Pilafian, Andrew Garcia, and Joseph Boga)
  • To offer rehearsal observation opportunities for students and teachers to aid in rehearsal skill development
  • To provide an aural and visual model to aid in the tonal and technical development of student brass players throughout the region
  • To serve as a professional development resource for brass performers and teachers in the region
  • To develop and propagate the body of literature for the genre
  • To offer audiences free brass concert attendance opportunities that merge entertainment with high quality artistic and educational experiences
  • To continue the university’s commitment to offering outstanding concert events free of charge to the greater area community by performing during periods of Performance Music program recess outside of the regular academic year (such as intersession and summer)
  • To serve as a partner in the development of the Scranton Brass Seminar
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