Small Ensembles Workshop

 

Summer Chamber Music Program for Middle and High School Brass Players

This summer, I will be offering a 1-week program where brass students will have the opportunity to learn about and perform chamber music. Chamber music is the term used to describe music written for a small group of musicians, with one performer per part. Compare this to large ensembles, such as traditional concert bands or orchestras, which are made up of dozens of musicians, usually with multiple players on each part.

Chamber music is a very important part of a comprehensive musical education, but is often neglected because band and orchestra teachers simply don’t have the time or the resources to make it a part of their music program, no matter how much they may want to.

Brass students in the Charlotte area will have the chance this summer to experience chamber music first hand. Participants in this summer music program will be placed in small ensembles (3-5 people) with other musicians of similar skill level. They’ll learn about intonation and blend within a small ensemble, building a sense of leadership and also sharing it with group members, personal responsibility for one’s own part, developing group cohesiveness (mentally and musically), as well as chamber music repertoire, history, and rehearsal skills.

Groups will meet daily for a week with me. The week will culminate with a public performance

The Small Ensembles for Brass Players workshop will be held at Southern Park Music School. The registration info will be up here soon. I am waiting on some information before I set the date. If you have any questions, please contact me!

For more reading on why chamber music is important, check out these two articles:
http://www.brassgrooves.com/Article.pdf
http://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2008-07-11/643667/