Archive for: December, 2012

Area Brass Semiar – 11/29/12

On November 29th, the UI Brass Area enjoyed another area-wide seminar. The seminar was held in the atrium of the Music West Interim Building from 12:30 to 1:20. The performers included:

  1. Old Capitol Brass Quintet
  2. Undergraduate Trombone Quartet (newly named the “Half-Plaid Quartet”)
  3. Jiffani Dill Tuba Euphonium Quartet (named after the combination of the names; Jayna, Tiffani, Danny and Will)
  4. Meagan Conley, trumpet
  5. Low Brass Orchestral Section

The Old Capitol Brass Quintet (Meagan Conley, Caitlin Elliot – trumpets; Drew Phillips, horn; Nate Lee, tromboe; Kate Wohlman, tuba) performed Kenneth Singleton’s Four Songs by Charles Ives. The Half-Plaid Trombone Quartet performed Acheived is the Glorious Work from the Haydn’s Creation. The Jiffani Dill Quartet performed “Intrada”, the first movement from Barbara York’s  The PC Quartet: “Traditional Values” tuba quartet. Megan Conley performed a selection of orchestral excerpts for trumpet including Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss, and the Shostakovich Piano Concerto. The Low Brass Section performed excerpts from Verdi’s Nabucco and Berlioz’s Hungarian March.

Members of the brass faculty offered brief comments and made the following announcements:

1. Professor Jeff Agrell spoke about his class “Improvisation for Classical Musicians” 025:106:001.

2. Juries will be held on Tuesday, 12/11; Wednesday, 12/12; and Thursday 12/13 and sign-up sheets have been posted on the brass area bulletin board on the third floor of the UCC School of Music.

3. Sigma Alpha Iota is sponsoring  their Third Annual School of Music All Stars competition. This event is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The only requirement is that each student must be a full time student for both semesters (graduate – 9 s.h. and undergraduate – 12 s.h.) All nominated soloists will perform in the All-Stars Competition concert on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7:30pm. At the end of the concert, a panel of judges will select one winner to be awarded 4 hours of recording time in Riverside Recital Hall, paid for by Sigma Alpha Iota. The competition concert in Riverside Recital Hall will be recorded, so even if an individual is not selected as the winner, he or she will receive a live recording of their piece.

The brass faculty will nominate two brass students based on their jury performance. Students interested in competing should play the appropriate solo selection for their jury and must notify the faculty at the beginning of the jury that they choose to compete.

4. A “Jury Jitters” performance will be held Sunday, December 2 from noon to 1pm at MWIB.

These area-wide seminars have proven to be valuable and quite enjoyable. We plan on continuing this tradition. We will announce the dates of the Spring 2013 semester area-wide seminars soon.

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