Scranton Brass Seminar


The Scranton Brass Seminar is an intensive non-curricular summer seminar focusing on various elements of brass playing through brass orchestra/brass band performance. Application for enrollment is open to student musicians age 15 and older who play at a level high enough to have qualified for PMEA district and regional band festivals or intercollegiate band festivals. (Observation opportunities are available for public school music teachers - please see below.) 

Primary focus of the 2018 seminar will be brass orchestra rehearsals and a performance. Other activities will include masterclasses, clinics, sectional rehearsals, and special topics presentations. Presenters/clinicians will include experts in a variety of areas of brass playing, including members of The Scranton Brass Orchestra and nationally and internationally renowned brass players/teachers, 

Local music educators - whether or not they are brass players, and especially if they are not! - are also welcome and invited to participate as enrolled observers during rehearsals, 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 university's Performance Music program during the academic year.

Past guest artist/teachers for 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!)

PLEASE NOTE: students may only attend as commuters, as no supervised room and board options are offered as part of the seminar.