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.

 

2017 - 2018 Season Repertoire

Anderson
Back / Allen
Bach / Allen
Bach / Allen
Bach / Allen
Bach/ Allen
Bach / Allen
Bach / King
Bach / Hoffman
Bach / Horton
Bernstein / Slutter
Biehl / Manduca
Bach / Schlu
DiLorenz
Dukas
Grieg/ Emerson
Handel / Della Peruti
Handel / Haislip
Hartmeyer
Holocombe
Holst / Seriere
Lauridsen / Kelly
W.A. Mozart / Allen
Traditional / Hanson
Wagner / Van Hoy
Williams / Bollinger

Suite of Carols
“Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Contrapunctus I
Contrapunctus IX
Fantasia in C Major
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Little Fugue in G Minor
O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht
Concerto for Two Harpsichords
Fantasia in F Major
Make Our Garden Grow from Candide
Ave Maria
Brandenburg Concerto. No 3
\'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Fanfare from La Peri
Funeral March
“For Unto Us a Child is Born” from Messiah
Judas Maccabeus Suite
Negev
Ceremonial for Christmas Brass
A Moorside Suite
O Magnum Mysterium
Queen of the Night Aria from Magic Flute
Veni Veni Emanuel
Das Rheingold
Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark