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Master Classes

A collection of links to quotes from master classes of some of the world's foremost musicians including:

Joe Alessi
Arnold Jacobs
Carol Jantsch
Marty Hackleman
Jim Thompson
Charles Lazarus
Jeff Nelsen
Sam Pilafian
Jim Thompson
David Zerkel

Master Class quotes

Joe Alessi working with a trombone student at Towson University in 2011.

Joe Alessi working with a trombone student at Towson University in 2011.

I have always loved going to master classes. When I was a kid, my parents were kind enough to drive me the 25 miles into Boston any time there was someone passing through town who was giving a class. I attended master classes at New England Conservatory, Boston University and Tanglewood. I never kicked the habit!

I figured out pretty early on that I got a lot more out of master classes when I took notes. This still holds true today. Below is a collection of links to quotes from master classes I have attended recently of some of the best brass players in the world. Even when one of them says something I say regularly it can still really resonate with me. Sometimes it's the inflection. Sometimes it's the timing. Sometimes it's using a lot less words than I do to make the same point!

Enjoy!

 

Joe Alessi

Joe Alessi is the Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic and teaches at The Juilliard School in New York City.

2011 Towson University - This is a class he did at Towson University in Maryland that was open to the public.

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Part 2
Part 3

2008 American Bandmasters Association Convention - The ABA Convention in 2008 was at the University of Miami and this is a class he did for all of the brass players there.

Part 1
Part 2

(Click here for my interview with Joe on The Brass Junkies)

Warren Deck

Warren Deck is the former Principal Tuba of the New York Philharmonic and also used to teach at Juilliard. He currently teaches at the University of Denver.

2015 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference - This is a class he gave at NERTEC hosted at Ithaca College.

Part 1
Part 2

Marty Hackleman

Marty Hackleman is the Professor of Horn at UMKC. He formerly was the Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra as well as a member of the Empire Brass and the Canadian.

2011 George Mason University - Before leaving the NSO and moving to Kansas City to join the faculty of UMKC, Marty was my colleague at George Mason. These are from two sets of classes he did there for the entire school.

2010 George Mason University

(Click here for my interview with Marty on The Brass Junkies)

 

Arnold Jacobs

Arnold Jacobs is the former Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is considered one of the great brass pedagogues of all time.

1993 Northwestern University

 

Carol Jantsch

Carol Jantsch is the Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Professor of Tuba at Temple Univeristy and Yale University.

2010 Monumental Brass Institute

(Click here for my interview with Carol on The Brass Junkies)

 

Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

2013 Band Leadership Training Workshop - West Chester, PA

Part 1
Part 2

(Click here for my interview with Dr. Tim on The Entrepreneurial Musician)

 

Charles Lazarus

2013 National Trumpet Competition

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

 

Jens Lindemann

2014 George Mason University

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

 

Jeff Nelsen

2012 George Mason University

(Click here for my interview with Jeff on The Entrepreneurial Musician)

 

Sam Pilafian

2010 International Tuba Euphonium Conference

 

Jim Thompson

2011 National Trumpet Competition

 

David Zerkel

2014 George Mason University

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3