Low Brass Seminar

The Program

The Brevard Music Center's Low Brass Seminar is led by BMC faculty members and guest artists.

During the program, students will work closely with faculty to receive:

  • Private Lesson
  • Audition Preparation
  • Low Brass Fundamentals
  • Daily Masterclasses
  • Orchestral Excerpt Study
  • Chamber Music

This program will run from June 11-17, 2023, with a final student concert on June 16.

Students interested in the Low Brass Seminar can also apply to our High School Orchestral Institute or College Orchestral Institute! Please feel free to contact admissions@brevardmusic.org and we can copy your application over.

Dates and Deadlines

Program Dates: June 11 - 17, 2023
Deadline: Applications are closed for the Low Brass Seminar for Summer 2023.
Ages: 14-29
Tuition: $1450; includes all instruction, on-campus housing, and meals
Application fee: $40

2023 Faculty

David Jackson, trombone
Scott Hartman, bass trombone
Cale Self, euphonium
Aubrey Foard, tuba
Bethany Wiese, tuba

Audition Requirements

Admission to the Brevard Music Center is determined by audition. Low Brass Seminar participants may upload audio recordings or submit YouTube links to a video audition within their application.

High school applicants: Perform two solo pieces or etudes in contrasting styles. At least one orchestra (band for euphonium) excerpt is recommended.

College applicants: Perform a solo and 3 standard orchestral excerpts of your choice.

Submissions do not have to be one continuous take. Once you add one selection to your application, the option to add another will appear. 

Tuition & Scholarships

The tuition for the Low Brass Seminar is $1450. This fee will include all instruction, housing, and meals. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

Limited scholarship support is available, in the form of merit and/or financial need-based assistance.

The application fee is $40. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $400 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.

Attendees should arrive on Sunday, June 11, 2022 between 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be an evening activity and meal, and the first class is Monday morning. Departure is on Saturday, June 17, and students must be out of the dorms by noon. The nearest airport to Brevard is the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), or participants can drive to the Music Center.

BMC provides a shuttle service from the Asheville airport (AVL) to the Brevard Music Center. There is a small fee each way, for pick-up and for drop-off, and students can request this service through MyBMC. If you fly into another airport, you will need to find your own transportation to Brevard.

Resident Assistants

Brevard Music Center students in the Low Brass Seminar may apply to serve as Resident Assistants for the week-long program. 

A limited number of Resident Assistant (RA) positions are available. Brevard's Resident Assistants (RA) provide guidance to younger students and supervise student living quarters.

RAs have the same ensemble and performance opportunities as other college division students. RAs pay only a non-refundable enrollment fee of $400 which covers tuition, room, and board, and must be 21 or older by the start date of their program.

Selected individuals will participate in a telephone interview, and, if chosen, submit to a formal background check and participate fully in the RA orientation sessions prior to student arrival.


All payments, except the $40 application fee and $400 enrollment fee, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 15.

Written verification from an M.D. is required before a refund can be made. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrival or early departure. No refunds will be made after May 15.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breathing/Warm-Up Class
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Chamber Rehearsals/Coaching
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Masterclass
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Lessons/Practice Time
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Band/Orchestral Repertoire, Mock Audition
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Free time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
Evenings: Seminar Recitals/Performances, Round Table Discussions, Recreational Activities                                           

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