Low Brass Seminar


Important note: this program has been cancelled for 2021. 

The Program

The Brevard Music Center is excited to announce a new, two-week seminar just for low brass, led by BMC faculty members David Jackson, Dan Satterwhite, and Aubrey Foard. This fun and immersive program is open to students aged 14-29 who play trombone, euphonium, or tuba.

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

  • private lessons
  • daily masterclasses
  • regular sectionals and rehearsals
  • audition preparation and mock auditions
  • recitals
  • roundtable discussions
  • recording techniques

Faculty

David Jackson, trombone

Dan Satterwhite, bass trombone

Cale Self, euphonium

Aubrey Foard, tuba

With guests

Hiram Diaz, euphonium

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.


Tuition

The tuition for the Low Brass Seminar is $2500. This includes all instruction, housing, meals, and transportation in Brevard. Each participant is responsible for travel to and from Brevard.

The application fee is $45. A non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance.


Scholarships

Brevard Music Center offers limited scholarship assistance for the Low Brass Seminar according to a student's audition and demonstrated financial need, and program need. 

Students are encouraged to seek financial assistance from outside sources. Schools, music clubs and organizations, youth orchestras and bands, service clubs (e.g., Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.), businesses, and foundations may be willing to help. Be professional and creative, and start planning early.

Organizations providing scholarships for musicians

Students apply for Brevard's scholarships online, as part of the regular application process. Applying for scholarship support requires disclosure of certain financial information and a detailed statement of need.


BMC Opportunity Scholarship

The BMC Opportunity Scholarship is designed to assist historically underrepresented populations in the study of music. Open to students of African-American and Latinx descent, the BMC Opportunity Scholarship program seeks to help these young musicians overcome financial obstacles that might prevent them from achieving their full potential. BMC Opportunity Scholarships are awarded in conjunction with financial aid. Students may apply for the scholarship in the Financial Aid section of the online application. 


Resident Assistants

Brevard Music Center students in the Low Brass Seminar may apply to serve as Resident Assistants for the two-week 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 $500 which covers tuition, room, and board.

An RA applicant must:

  • be at least 20 years of age by June 1, 2021
  • submit the separate Resident Assistant application (within the general application)
  • be accepted first as a student
  • submit to a formal background check, if selected

Refunds

All payments, except the $45 application fee and $500 enrollment fee, will be fully refunded if the Center receives notice of cancellation due to serious illness before May 1.

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 1.


Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Breathing/Warm-Up Class
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Masterclass
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Practice time
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Chamber Music rehearsal
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Lessons/ Practice time
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Orchestral/Band excerpt coaching
5:00 p.m. Dinner
Evenings: Seminar Recitals/Performances/Round Table Discussions