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Cancelled – Pokorny Low Brass Seminar

June 15 - June 19

Unlike many festival-type opportunities, this is an intense workshop for low brass players to really engage a wide range of musical, stylistic, technical and professional issues in-depth with unprecedented access to some of the most respected low brass players.

Participating performers include a wide range of professional symphony musicians, freelancers, college teachers, graduate and undergraduate music majors, advanced high school students and dedicated amateurs. These broad perspectives create wonderfully rich discussions that inspire and energize all of the participants.

Seminar Leaders
Gene Pokorny, tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chris Olka, tuba, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Derek Fenstermacher, tuba, St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Scott Tegge, tuba, Northern Illinois University
Michael Mulcahy, trombone, Chicago Symphony
Jeremy Wilson, trombone, Vanderbilt University
David Binder, trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Glendening, trombone, Northern Illinois University
Gerry Pagano, bass trombone, St Louis Symphony Orchestra
Randall Hawes, bass trombone, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Douglas Yeo, bass trombone, Wheaton College

Faculty solo and ensemble recitals
Group warm-up classes
Masterclasses and clinics
Orchestral section work and mock auditions

Specifically, here are some of the areas we will explore:

Warm-ups, and warm-ups that go way beyond
Sensitivity in balancing brass ensembles; particularly an orchestral low brass section
What is correct vs. what is traditional
Team playing and the musical brain
Our responsibility to the art and to the future of it
The importance of clarity “out front”
The art of listening (i.e. to finally hear what you have been listening to)
Solos and interpretation (i.e. getting away from fat-free, taste-free, style-free playing)
Life and livelihood: the balancing act
Guacamole, trains, astronomy and “The Search for Intelligent Life in the Modern-Day Symphony Orchestra”

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June 15
June 19


Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL