Bravo Brass

Paul Bryan, Director & Conductor
Barry McCommon, Associate Conductor
Robert Skoniczin, Associate Conductor
Karen Schubert, Horn Faculty
Brian Brown, Tuba Faculty

Audition for Bravo Brass Here

Bravo Brass — the only year-round brass ensemble in the Philadelphia area and one of only three in the country — offers the highest level of individual and ensemble training opportunities for the most accomplished young brass musicians in the area. In addition to the opportunity to showcase their talents through multiple live performances throughout the year, members enhance and supplement their collegiate and conservatory applications, making them strong candidates for acceptance into the most prestigious universities and conservatories around the world.

Bravo Brass offers:

  • The only year-round brass ensemble in the Philadelphia area, and one of only three in the country.
  • The opportunity to work under Director and Conductor Paul Bryan, who also serves as the Dean of Faculty and Students at Philadelphia’s esteemed Curtis Institute of Music.
  • The opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the Brass Ensemble Faculty: Robert Skoniczin, trumpet; Karen Schubert, horn; Barry McCommon, bass trombone; Brian Brown, tuba.
  • Development of individual and ensemble playing skills through weekly rehearsals and multiple performance opportunities each year.
  • Valuable experience learning important pieces in the brass ensemble repertoire.
  • Valuable experience for those brass players who plan on pursuing music at the college level and beyond.
  • The opportunity to play with many of the finest young brass players in the area making music at an extremely high level.
  • The opportunity to perform the most demanding and rewarding music available to brass players — putting into an ensemble context those concepts that are covered in students’ private lessons.
  • A platform for students to enhance and supplement their collegiate and conservatory applications, making them strong candidates for acceptance into the most prestigious universities and conservatories around the world, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Mannes College of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
  • An equal focus on music lessons and life lessons.

 

2016 - 2017 Season Repertoire

Bizet / Allen
Britten
Bull / Howarth
Byrd / Allen
Byrd / Allen
Byrd / Allen
Byrd / Howarth
Ewald
Farnaby / Allen
Farnaby / Allen
Gibbons / Howarth
Hoffman
Leontovich / Hanson
Morely / Snedecor
Rachmaninov / Allen
Rachmaninov / Bray
Rossini / Allen
Puccini / Wolfe
Rimsky-Korsakov / Snell
Shostakovich / Kelly
Tchaikovsky / Allen
Vaughan Williams / Frackenpohl
Wagner / du Maine
Wagner / King
Whitacre

Carmen Suite
Russian Funeral
Pavan
Callino Casturame
The Bells
Wolsey’s Wilde
Earle of Oxford’s March
Symphony for Brass
A Toye
His Dreame
In Nomine
City of Light
Carol of the Bells
Now is the month of Maying
Vocalise
Prelude Op. 23, No. 5
Overture to The Barber of Seville
Nessun dorma from Turandot
“Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada
Prelude No. 14
Suite from The Nutcracker
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
“Prelude to the Bühnenweifestspiel” from Parsifal
“Funeral March” from Die Götterdämmerung
Lux Aurumque

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