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Summer Brass Academy

June 12-16, 2023

The West Virginia University Summer Brass Academy will be held June 12-16, 2023. This week-long brass camp is designed to help young brass musicians develop technical ability, interpretive skills, and increase their understanding of a variety of genres and musical styles through masterclasses, private practice time, and individual lessons. Students will be instructed by WVU Brass Faculty and will gain insight into music entrepreneurship, pedagogy, wellness and self-care, and obtain experience in chamber music ensembles.

The camp will be offered in-person with a commuter option available. The Summer Brass Academy is for students completing grades 8-12 with a recommended minimum of 3 years playing experience. 

Enrollment Deadline (housing/meals): May 29th | Payment due: May 29th
Enrollment Deadline (commuters): June 7th | Payment due: June 7th

**Trumpet students with diverse musical interests and backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Instruction will highlight and celebrate the value of versatility, and help students increase their proficiency in varied musical styles.


Step 1: Register Online (Wufoo Form)
Step 2: Pay Online (Eventbrite)


  • In-Person participant: $700

    • ($350 tuition, $350 housing Monday-Thursday nights and 3 meals a day, Monday-Friday)

    • Housing will consist of two students per room. 

  • In-Person Commuter: $350

    • (No housing/meals included)

Brass Academy Faculty

Robert Sears, Trumpet
Albert Houde, Horn
Hakeem Bilal, Trombone
Carson McTeer, Tuba

Sample Daily Schedule (In-Person)

9 am - 9:30 am             Stretch/Breathe Session**

9:30 am - 10:30 am      Individual Instrument Warm up Session**

10:30 am - 11:45 am    Large Brass Ensemble Rehearsal

12 pm - 1 pm                Lunch

1 pm - 2 pm                  Recitals/Performances/Masterclasses: Students/Faculty

2 pm - 2:45 pm             Chamber Music Ensembles Rehearsal                   

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm        Individual Practice/Lessons***

4:15 pm - 5 pm             Special Topics Session

5 pm - 6:00 pm             Dinner

7:00 pm                        Night Activities
10:00 pm                      Lights out

**The schedule on Monday, June 12th will be altered slightly to accommodate those who are traveling to attend the camp. As such, check-in on 6/12 will occur between 8-9:30 am. The first scheduled activity will begin at 10 am. 

***The camp will conclude on Friday, June 16th with a performance at 3 pm and reception at 4 pm. Parents and/or guardians are to pick up participants at 4:30 pm in the Canady Creative Arts Center lobby (1 Fine Arts Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506)Additional information will be sent directly to camp participants on Monday, June 5th. 

Weekly Schedule 2023

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Questions | Scholarships | Financial Aid Assistance

For general questions about the camp, inquiries about scholarship and need-based assistance please contact Dr. Robert Sears at Additionally, please fill out the following scholarship and financial aid assistance application for scholarship and financial aid consideration.  


Students, parents, and/or guardians that participated in the Summer Brass Academy are invited to share their feedback with us by completing this short survey. We value your feedback as we continually work to improve all aspects of the camp.