Tibbetts Brass Quintet


Membership in the Tibbetts Brass Quintet will offer unparalleled opportunities for advanced high school brass students to play chamber music at the highest level and work with some of the finest artist teachers and chamber music coaches in the Midwest. As a premier chamber ensemble of WYSO, the Tibbetts Brass Quintet will maintain an active and high-profile performance schedule in addition to regular rehearsals and coachings. There is no additional cost to participate in the Tibbetts Honors Brass Quintet.

The Tibbetts Brass Quintet was endowed with gift by WYSO alumnus Charles Tibbetts and Eva Tibbetts. Charles grew up in Beloit, WI and was accepted into WYSO in 1967. During Charles’ senior year at the University of Wisconsin in 197

4, he attended the international youth orchestra institute in Montreux, Switzerland, Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales. The institute was organized by WYSO Founder Marvin Rabin and administered by WYSO Manager Dick Wolf.

Charles won the position of principal horn with the Philharmonia Hungarica, under the direction of Antal Dorati and for the next 36 years, he held principal horn positions with orchestras in Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Germany. While with the SWR Radio Orchestra, Charles met Eva, a young Hungarian violist that joined the orchestra while a student in Stuttgart. Charles and Eva were married soon after and raised a son and daughter together.

WYSO Horn Alumni John Zirbel and Charles Tibbetts

In June 2010, Charles returned to his native Wisconsin with Eva and their now grown children. After reconnecting with the WYSO family at the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2016, Eva and Charles were invited by James Smith to help with Youth Orchestra viola and horn sectionals. Chamber music was always a great love of Charles. In 1986 he founded the brass quintet Das Rennquintett in Germany. After being asked to coach a rehearsal of the Honors Brass Quintet in the fall of 2017, Charles and Eva were motivated to establish a lasting legacy of the impact that WYSO had on their lives by making a gift.

“I owe my entire professional music career to Marvin Rabin,” Charles said.

Membership and Auditions

Participants will be selected by competitive audition in August and will also be members of the WYSO Youth Orchestra for the full 2018-19 season. The instrumentation for the quintet is two trumpets, one horn, one trombone and one tuba. The quintet will meet up to several times a week (beginning in September 2018 and ending in June 2019) for rehearsals, coachings, and performances. Some coachings and performances may involve travel throughout the Madison area, Milwaukee, and/or Chicago. On occasion, these opportunities may occur during school hours. Students will be expected to make scheduling for this ensemble a priority.
The audition itself will follow a similar format as a regular audition for the WYSO Youth Orchestra: scales, sight reading, and a prepared solo (or several solos) of 3-5 minutes total, showing both your technical facility and expressive, lyrical playing. These can be movements from concertos, sonatas, and other solo pieces. For more details, see the 2018-19 audition information and requirements at www.wysomusic.org/auditions.

In addition, the audition will include a brief interview regarding the student’s goals, scheduling, and willingness to make the Tibbetts Brass Quintet a priority.

Procedure for Applying

To apply to participate in the WYSO Honors Brass Quintet, fill out the application form and questionnaire submit via email to Joe Bernstein no later than August 22, 2018.
Auditions will take place beginning at 4pm on August 30, 2018. Please indicate any conflicts with this audition date or time in your application. You will be contacted with an audition time following submission of your application.

WYSO Honors Brass Quintet Application and Questionaire

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