Honors Brass Quintet

About

Membership in the WYSO Honors 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 Honors 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 WYSO Honors Brass Quintet.

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 2017-18 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 2017 and ending in June 2018) 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 2017-18 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 Honors 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 23, 2017.
Auditions will take place beginning at 4pm on August 31, 2017. 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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