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The Wright State University Annual Brass Festival originally scheduled for January 2021 has been postponed due to the conditions surrounding COVID-19. We are monitoring the situation and when we can select a date that we are confident can take place safely, we will post it here.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility. We hope to see you sooner than later.
Dr. Mac, Mr. Honaker, Dr. Diamond, Mr. Brant
The Wright State University School of Music brass studios under the leadership of Gretchen McNamara, trombone; Aaron Brant, horn; David Diamond, trumpet; 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 world-renowned guest artists and clinicians for a day of music-making, master classes, and performances. We are excited to announce the 2020 Brass Festival guest artists will include the principal brass musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Robert Sullivan, trumpet; Elizabeth Freimuth, horn; Cristian Ganicenco, trombone; and Christopher Olka, tuba, and the Spirit of Freedom Brass Quintet from the United States Air Force Band of Flight.
The day will include on-site industry vendors with instruments to try and supplies to purchase. The festival is open to high school and college students, amateurs and professionals. Parents and educators are welcome to join us for the day. All recital performances taking place throughout the day will be free and open to the public. All master classes and clinics will be reserved for festival participants.
This year’s festival will also be host to a performance solo competition in one division for collegiate students up to age 25. Competition rules, registration, and fees are described in the tabs below.
For planning purposes please register by Friday, January 18, 2020.
On-site registration will be available on the day of the event with a credit card purchase only. No cash.
All participants under age 18 must submit a medical form (PDF) on the day of the event.
All festival events will take place on the Wright State campus in the Creative Arts Center.
The first-place competition winner will perform on a recital the following afternoon (January 20, 2020) at Wright State University’s Brass Festival.
Entry fee payment is online and can be made by using:
The Wright State Brass Festival Solo Competition will be in ONE DIVISION and is open to university students regardless of degree program up to age 25 (born after January 20, 1995)
In your application email, please include with your recording the following information:
The final round will be judged by the Wright State University Brass Faculty:
|9:30—10 a.m.||Registration Opens|
|10—10:45 a.m.||Warm-up with Wright State Faculty
|11:00 a.m. to Noon||Festival Ensemble Rehearsals with Wright State Faculty
|Noon to 1 p.m.||Lunch
Solo Competition Awards Presentation (Schuster Hall)
|2:30—3:30 p.m.||Guest Artist Master Classes
|3:45—4:45 p.m.||Mindfulness Master Classes
|4:45—5:30 p.m.||Recital: Solo Competition Winner, USAF Spirit of Freedom Brass Quintet
|5:30—6:00 p.m.||Coffee and Cookie Break (Atrium)|
Guest Artists Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra