Low Brass Seminar

The Program

The Brevard Music Center is excited to announce a new, one-week seminar from June 12-18, 2022 just for low brass, led by BMC faculty members and guest artists including David Jackson, Aubrey Foard, Dan Satterwhite, Cale Self, and Bethany Wiese. 

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 12-18, 2022. 

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students, faculty, and summer staff for the 2022 season. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

2022 Faculty

David Jackson, trombone

Dan Satterwhite, 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 $950. This fee will include all instruction, housing, and meals. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

The tuition rate for the Low Brass Seminar already includes scholarship support and reflects the final cost.

The application fee is $40. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $300 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.

Attendees should arrive on Sunday, June 12, 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 18, and students must be out of the dorms by 10:00am. 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 the non-refundable enrollment fee of $300 which covers tuition, room, and board.

An RA applicant must:

  • be at least 21 years of age by the start date of the program
  • submit the Resident Assistant application (within the general application)
  • be accepted first as a student
  • submit to a formal background check, if selected


All payments, except the $40 application fee and $300 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. 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