Monday, April 23, 2012

Rafael Mendez Brass Institute

Summer music festivals can be great places to meet other musicians who share similar interests in chamber music.  I attended the Rafael Mendez Institute a few summers ago and it was an excellent learning experience.  The University of Denver in the Lamont School of Music hosts the camp during mid July each summer.  The weeklong seminar offers master classes, brass chamber playing, lessons, and career clinics.  Dedicated to the memory of Rafael Mendez, large tuition scholarships are available in his name courtesy of family members.  The faculty consists of the members of the summit brass.  I would recommend this camp to someone who would like to try a summer music engagement without making a huge time commitment.  The camp runs for about a week and concludes with a final concert on which all the brass ensembles perform.

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