Scranton Brass Seminar

THE 2017 SCRANTON BRASS SEMINAR 

REGISTRATION FOR 2017 SCRANTON BRASS SEMINAR IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. INFORMATION ON 2018 SCRANTON BRASS SEMINAR WILL BE AVAILABLE BY APRIL 15, 2018

The Scranton Brass Seminar is an intensive non-curricular one week summer seminar focusing on various elements of brass playing. Application for enrollment is open to senior high school (age 16 and up), college and university, and adult amateur and professional brass players, as well as to instrumental music teachers.

Activities include masterclasses, clinics, special topics presentations, solo & improvisation coaching, small brass ensemble playing, and brass orchestra. Presenters/clinicians include experts in a variety of areas of brass playing, including not only nationally and internationally renowned brass players/teachers, but also conductors, accompanists, psychologists, and physicians with special expertise in working with musicians.  

Music educators - whether or not they are advanced level brass players - are also welcome and invited to enroll, in service of meeting their needs for continuing education and professional development in the areas of brass instruction and performance.

Participants in each year’s seminar are afforded special opportunities throughout the following academic year to observe rehearsals and participate in masterclasses by world class brass players who visit the university as guest artists with the Performance Music program here. (During the last few academic years, students from the brass seminars were invited to observe open rehearsals and attend masterclasses and clinics by Mark Gould and members of his New York Trumpet Ensemble who were serving as artists-in-residence at the university, a "Breathing Gym Live!" event with Sam Pilafian, masterclasses with Caleb and Amanda Hudson, trombone clinics with Wycliffe Gordon, a trumpet clinic with Jumaane Smith, improvisation clinics with Joseph Boga, and more.)   

Applicants who are student musicians majoring in performance or music education at another college or university, who are members or alumni of The University of Scranton Bands, or are high school students who have successfully participated in a PMEA Festival at the district level or higher, will require no audition for application. Students who do not meet those guidelines will need to have their private studio teacher or band director contact Cheryl Y. Boga at (570) 941-7624 to discuss their suitability for enrollment and may be asked to play an informal audition.

Our guest teachers in the first five years have included:

Mark Gould
Wycliffe Gordon
Sam Pilafian
Ibanda Ruhumbika
Christian Jaudes
Marcus Printup
Jeff Curnow
Caleb Hudson
Amanda Hudson

Jennifer Krupa
Rick Chamberlain
Vincent Gardner
Steve Lakawicz
Joseph Boga

William Kenny

Jessica Santiago
Christian Adonizio, M.D.
John-Morgan Bush
Sam Nester
Timothy E. Smith
Ron Stabinsky
Steven Behnke
Marilyn Deutsch, Ph.D.
Christopher D. Newman, M.D.
Jack White, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
(more listings to come!)

PLEASE NOTE: High school students may only attend as commuters, as no supervised room and board options are offered as part of the seminar for those under college age.