Scranton Brass Seminar


The Scranton Brass Band Seminar is an intensive non-curricular summer seminar focusing on various elements of brass playing through brass band performance. The primary focus of the 2019 seminar will be brass band rehearsal and performance. We will be enrolling a full brass band for an intensive weekend of masterclasses & clinics, coachings, rehearsals, and a final concert with selected members of The Scranton Brass Orchestra and guest artist-teachers. Last year's guests included: 
     Wycliffe Gordon (,
     Chris Jaudes (
     Mark Gould (
     Joseph Boga (
Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received until the band is full. 
(Please note: No supervised room and board options are available, and high school students age 16 and older may attend only on a commuter basis.(Information on campus housing options will be provided to college/university and adult participants upon request.)

The University of Scranton Houlihan McLean Center (located at the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Mulberry St. in downtown Scranton)

Application for enrollment is open to advanced brass players aged 16 and older.  (Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis as applications are received until the band is full.)

  • Student applicants who are high school students who have qualified for participation in a PMEA Region IV festival and provide a letter of recommendation from their school band director will require no audition. (High school students who have not qualified for a Regional level festival should have their private studio teacher or band director contact Cheryl Y. Boga at 570.941.7624 to discuss their suitability for participation, and may be invited to audition based on that conversation.)
  • College or university students who are brass players majoring in Music or Music Education will require no audition for acceptance, but must provide a letter of recommendation from their applied teacher or a band director. 
  • Adult amateur brass players are asked to submit a letter of recommendation from an applied teacher or community/professional ensemble director.
  • Music educators are welcome to enroll without audition, in service of meeting their needs for continuing education and professional development in the areas of brass instruction and performance. 


For more information on the 2018 Scranton Brass Band Seminar, email or call Cheryl Y. Boga at 570.941.7624


Past guest artist/teachers for Scranton Brass Seminar have included:

Mark Gould
Wycliffe Gordon
Christian Jaudes
Sam Pilafian
Caleb Hudson
Amanda Hudson
Ibanda Ruhumbika

Marcus Printup
Jeff Curnow
Jennifer Krupa
Rick Chamberlain
Vincent Gardner
Steve Lakawicz
Joseph Boga

William Kenny

John-Morgan Bush
Steven Behnke
Jessica Santiago

Sam Nester
Todd Stoll
Timothy E. Smith

Ron Stabinsky
Christian Adonizio, M.D.
Marilyn Deutsch, Ph.D.
Christopher D. Newman, M.D.
Jack White, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
(more listings to come!)