Endangered Instruments Workshops


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What is an Endangered Instrument? There are a few instruments in the orchestra for which there are a shortage of players–and therefore good players of these instruments are highly sought after. Currently, these instruments include the Viola, String Bass, Bassoon, Horn, and Low Brass (Trombone and Tuba). Our Endangered Instruments Workshops offer students the opportunity to try one of the Endangered Instruments and work with a top-notch coach.

Benefits of learning to play these instruments are myriad. Players of Endangered Instruments often find more performance opportunities, may move more quickly through the ranks of an orchestra, and often find success with both auditions and scholarships.

Each Endangered Instrument is taught all four weeks–students can attend one session of an instrument or attend all four.

If you are interested in attending these workshops, please fill out this form , select the workshop(s) you prefer, and tell us a bit more about the instrument(s) you currently play, and have access to. For planning purposes, please submit the forms before the workshop dates.

All workshops are free of charge and open to both WYSO members and non-members!

1 pm to 2 pm, UW Madison Humanities Building

January 11, 2020
February 15, 2020
March 7, 2020
April 11, 2020

Workshop Titles and Coaches

Begin the Bassoon

Coach: Brian Ellingboe

Workshops for all wind players interested in playing the bassoon.

Encore Horn Program

Coach: Dafydd Bevil and Sarah Gillespie

Workshops for all horn players and potential players, focusing on developmental techniques.

Viola Explorers

Coach: Melanie de Jesus

Workshops devoted to skill building on the viola, with some focus on switching from violin.

All About That Bass

Coach: Jeff Takaki

Workshops intended for current bass players, and other string players who are interested in learning bass.

Low Brass Bootcamp

Coach: Joseph Greer

Workshops for all low brass (trombone & tuba) players and potential players, focusing on breathing, sound, technique and more.


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