Jazz or Classical. You choose. Either way, the Brass Workshop is for you. With instructors from Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, you will study with diverse, world-class faculty comprising some of the East Coast's most renowned musicians. You'll have the perfect opportunity to improve all aspects of your musical ability, taking your skills to new levels by exploring the world of brass performance.
2020 Program Information
|Program dates:||Monday, June 22–Friday, June 26, 2020|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable)|
|Payment deadline:||May 1, 2020|
|Move out:||June 26, 2020, by 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
- Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.
For all classes and ensembles, you will be placed with participants of similar abilities and interests. As part of the registration, you can choose between two tracks to participate in.
- Jazz: Get familiar with jazz harmony, melody, and rhythm while exploring the roots and branches of America’s unique musical artform. Students will perform music from bebop to swing and modern jazz.
- Funk: Study music that combines elements of R&B and soul music. “Funkify” your soul with music from the likes of the Meters, John Scofield, the Yellow Jackets, Snarky Puppy, and more.
- New Orleans: Explore the roots of jazz through group interaction and solo improvisation in this ensemble that focuses on second line and Dixieland traditions. Music from Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Sidney Bechet, and others will have you groovin’ to the Second Line parade.
The Brass Workshop offers participants the opportunity to study with internationally renowned teachers with proven track records—those who have not only won their own prestigious awards, but who have taught students who have continued on to enjoy flourishing careers. The Brass Workshop faculty includes Larry Isaacson, John Faieta, Steve Emery, Joe Foley, Eli Epstein, Norman Bolter, Angel Subero, Ken Amis, Jeff Stout, Charlie Lewis, Phil Grenadier, and Billy Buss.
Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.
|8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.||Breakfast|
|9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m.||Studio Classes By Instrument (Low Brass, Trumpet, and French Horn)|
|10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.||Ensembles|
|12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m.||Ensembles|
|3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.||Classical or Contemporary Elective|
|4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m.||Classical or Contemporary Elective|
|5:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m.||Dinner and Practice Time|
|7:00 p.m.–10:15 p.m.||Faculty Recitals, Electives, and Jam Sessions|
Schedule subject to change.
Students will participate in one the following ensembles during the week:
- Large Classical Brass Ensemble
- Small Classical Brass Ensemble
- Jazz Ensemble
- Funk Ensemble
- New Orleans Ensemble
All performances are free and open to friends and family.
All students 15 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend.
After completing your registration, you will be prompted to submit a video link of a solo performance. These links are reviewed by the faculty to place students into the appropriate level classes before arriving to the program. Professional video quality is not required, but your performance should demonstrate your personal best.
Below is a list of items you should be prepared to bring.
- Your instrument and any necessary accessories
- Mutes: For classical players, a straight mute. For contemporary players, a plunger.
- A tuner and a metronome (possibly on your phone)
- A notebook and pencil
- Concert Attire: For men, please bring a pair of black or khaki long pants and a colorful short sleeved shirt. For women, you may wear a colorful dress instead.
If you intend to stay in the Berklee residence halls while participating in the program, please also review what to bring for your room on the housing page.