July 2 to July 15, 2018
April 30, 2018
Undergraduate: MUSIC 420, 3 unitsGraduate/post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 620, 3 units
Serious composers at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as professionals and faculty interested in learning how to compose idiomatically for brass instruments and the brass quintet as a genre. We are most interested in composers who can write ideas quickly in order to benefit from the course structure. Students should have a strong background in music notation and theory and be familiar with music notation software.
Professor Brian Wilson 707-548-5658
The Atlantic Brass Quintet –
Widely acclaimed as one of the world's finest and most versatile brass chamber ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has performed in 48 of the United States and dozens of countries across four continents. Atlantic specializes in masterful and vibrant presentations of a repertoire spanning five centuries and a broad spectrum of styles, from Bach and Brahms to Mehldau and Monk to Brazil and the Balkans.
Winner of six international chamber music competitions, the Quintet's distinctive sound, impeccable ensemble, stunning virtuosity, and warm, inviting stage presence have won praise from scores of critics.
Ray Burkhart –
Accomplished composer and trumpeter Ray Burkhart is well-known in the California brass world for his expertise and artistry as a performer. He is recognized internationally for his compositions and scholarly work, including work in the area of brass music history.
Eric Ewazen –
Eric Ewazen has been a faculty member at Juilliard since 1980 and is one of the most forefront composers of brass music in the world. He has been commissioned for and written for brass luminaries such as Joe Alessi (trombone) and Philip Smith (trumpet) of the New York Philharmonic, the Horn Section of the New York Philharmonic, the Summit Brass Ensemble, and the American Brass Quintet.
Brian Wilson, Course Coordinator –
A versatile composer, arranger, conductor, and educator, Brian Scott Wilson creates music with economy, purpose, and humor. Winner of the International Trombone Association Composition Competition for "The Avanti," Brian’s scoring and sense of pacing have earned him a reputation as a master of craft.
Finding inspiration in the music of Stravinsky, Mingus, and Varese, Brian’s eclectic style utilizes classic and jazz elements in a way that feels simultaneously familiar and new. His jazz-inflected harmonies are evident in the whimsical "Modes of Transportation" for orchestra as well as the elegiac "Orange Was Her Color" for wind band. His deep spirituality finds expression in works as diverse as "Klezmer Concerto" for clarinet and "Prayer for Peace "for women’s choir and orchestra. Brian is professor of music at Sonoma State University where he currently teaches upper-level music theory and serves as Music Department Chair.
July 25 to August 14, 2018
July 16 to July 29, 2018
July 19 to August 9, 2018