Scranton Brass Seminar
Fri. - Sun., July 6-8, 2018
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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 2018 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 Wycliffe Gordon (wycliffegordon.com) and Chris Jaudes (chrisjaudes.com), along with presentations by other guests TBA. 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 may attend only on a commuter basis. A list of local hotels and their rates 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)
WHO CAN ENROLL in the SCRANTON BRASS BAND SEMINAR:
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 and will be granted a waiver of the full enrollment cost, paying only a nominal registration fee. (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. (College students who are alumni of PMEA Region IV high schools will be considered for significant discounts off of their enrollment cost.)
- 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 in service of meeting their needs for continuing education and professional development in the areas of brass instruction and performance. (A full fee waiver will be granted to any participating PMEA Region IV high school band directors.)
Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, all participating high school students from the PMEA Region IV area who have qualified for Region Band and higher, as well as band directors from PMEA Region IV, will be awarded full scholarships and will be responsible only for a registration fee of $25.00; a limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for college and university students who are Region IV alumni, depending on instrumentation needs of the ensemble at the time of application; and all accepted participants who are enrolled as students at The University of Scranton – including incoming freshmen – may attend free of any charge.
For more information on the 2018 Scranton Brass Band Seminar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cheryl Y. Boga at 570.941.7624
Past guest artist/teachers for Scranton Brass Seminar have included:
Timothy E. Smith
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!)