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Summer Brass Academy

June 13-17, 2022

The West Virginia University Summer Brass Academy will be held June 13-17, 2022. 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): June 1st | Payment due: June 1st
Enrollment Deadline (commuters): June 8th | Payment due: June 8th

**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 ranging from baroque to jazz, commercial to orchestral.


Registration

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

Cost

  • In-Person participant: $685

    • ($350 tuition, $335 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
Jonas Thoms, 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 13th will be altered slightly to accommodate those who are traveling to attend the camp. As such, check-in on 6/13 will occur between 8-9:30 am. The first scheduled activity will begin at 10 am. 

***The camp will conclude on Friday, June 17th 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 Museum Education Center Grand Hall (20 Fine Arts Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506)Additional information will be sent directly to camp participants on Monday, June 6th. 


Weekly Schedule 2022

Click here 

Questions?

For inquiries about scholarship and need-based assistance please contact Dr. Robert Sears at robert.sears@mail.wvu.edu.

Feedback

Students, parents, and/or guardians that participated in the 2022 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.