Scranton Brass Seminar

The 4th Annual Scranton Brass Seminar will take place June 16-20, 2014 
Each day's session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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, 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, as well as a final performance. Presenters/clinicians include experts in a variety of areas of brass playing, including not only nationally 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.

Our guest teachers in the first three years included:

Sam Pilafian
Mark Gould
Wycliffe Gordon
Christian Jaudes

Marcus Printup
Jeff Curnow
Caleb Hudson
Jennifer Krupa
Rick Chamberlain
Steve Lakawicz
Joseph Boga

William Kenny

Jessica Santiago
Timothy E. Smith
Ron Stabinsky

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

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 two academic years, students from the brass seminars were invited to observe open rehearsals and attend masterclasses and clinics by The New York Trumpet Ensemble who were serving as artists-in-residence at the university, a "Breathing Gym Live!" event with Sam Pilafian, a winter masterclass with Caleb Hudson, an autumn trombone clinic with Wycliffe Gordon, and more.)   

Applicants who are student musicians who are majoring in music education or music 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 enrollment. Students who do not meet those guidelines will need to have their private studio teacher or band director contact Cheryl Boga at (570) 941-7624 to discuss their suitability for enrollment and may be asked to play an informal audition.

Please contact us at to receive a mailed and/or electronic brochure and application materials for June 2014. Brochures will be available on March 1, 2014, and registration opens on April 1. No more than 25 participants will be accepted, and admissions is on a rolling basis.

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. 


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