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The Wright State University School of Fine and Performing Arts Brass Studios under the leadership of Stephen Wadsack, trumpet; Andrew Bass, horn; Gretchen McNamara, trombone; and Daniel Honaker, tuba and euphonium, are excited to host another festival for brass musicians from our region this year.
Each January we bring to you a day of music-making, master classes, and performances and we are excited to announce the 2024 Brass Festival will showcase your hosts, the Wright State University Brass Faculty, and Tubist, Jarrett McCourt.
The day will include an all day event open to all students with three or more years of playing experience and will include master classes, rehearsals, recital performances, and music vendors. Please see the schedule of events for further details. Additionally, this year’s festival will also be host to a performance solo competition in two divisions. High School brass musicians and Collegiate students up to age 25 are encouraged to compete. Competition rules, registration, and fees ($25) are described in the tabs below.
The festival is FREE and the end of day concert is open to the public.
All brass festival events take place on the Dayton Campus of Wright State University in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, located in the Music Wing of the Creative Arts Center. The festival is FREE and the final performance of the day is open to the public. Please register by Friday, January 13th so we can be prepared in advance for the day.
All participants under age 18 must submit a parent or guardian-signed Medical Consent and Liability Waiver (PDF) on the day of the event.
Entry fee payment is online and can be made by using:
The Wright State Brass Festival Solo Competition will be in TWO DIVISIONS. The High School Division is open to anyone currently in grades 9-12. The Collegiate Division is open to university students regardless of degree program up to age 25 (born after January 15, 1999)
In your application email, please include with your recording the following information:
Competition Judges: Wright State University Brass Faculty
|Registration and Vendors Open
|Opening Session and Introductions
|Masterclass #1 with Guest Artist, Jarrett McCourt
|Festival Ensemble Rehearsals
|Mass Brass Ensemble rehearsal
Midday Festival Concert
Dedicated Exhibit time (Exhibits close at 4:30)
2 p.m. – Performance Master Class #1
Final Festival Recital
More to come as plans solidify!