The Mountain Light Music Festival will feature two collegiate student brass quintets for the summer of 2018. These quintets will be selected via recorded submission to participate in a week-long festival in Pagosa Springs Colorado. Participants will work with the Baylor Brass in master classes, warm up sessions, private study and clinics.
Each quintet will present a short recital and perform in the full brass choir with the Baylor Brass. Members of the Baylor Brass will conduct, rehearse and coach the full choir. The Brass Choir repertoire will consist of challenging works with instrumentation for 15 to 18 brass players and will be featured on the finale concert Friday evening, August 10th, 2018.
This will be a rewarding and memorable week with home cooked meals, nights around the fire pit, discussions on teaching, pedagogy and career choices. We will begin each morning with a full breakfast followed by a warm up session and chamber rehearsals. Following lunch, we will hold an informal break out session on topics ranging from auditions, resume building, repertoire, practice technique and pedagogy. Full brass choir rehearsals will take place in the afternoon followed by an afternoon activity (day hike, disc golf, bike ride, hot springs, horse shoes).
Accommodations at the Mountain Light Lodge are first class and the retreat is ideal for exploring, practicing, studying and personal reflection.
Pagosa Springs is in southwest Colorado is a 10 hour drive from Dallas. We are able to shuttle participants to and from the Durango Airport.
To audition: please visit the link above to upload group bios, personal bios and a recording of your quintet.
This is the third year of the festival and we look forward to hosting talented musicians during this spectacular week in the mountains.
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Thank you for visiting and I hope you will consider this incredible opportunity.