Tibbetts Brass Quintet

Membership in the Tibbetts Brass Quintet offers 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 Brass Quintet.

The application deadline for the 2019/20 season is Aug. 23, 2019. For more information on this quintet, please contact Joe Bernstein. 

Participants will also be members of the WYSO Youth Orchestra for the full 2019-2020 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 2019 and ending in June 2020) 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 follows 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 2019-20 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.

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 1974, 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.

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