New! Select Honors Brass Quintet

New! Select Honors Brass Quintet

The Manchester Community Music School Honors Brass Quintet consists of a select group of highly motivated High School students seeking a challenging playing and educational experience. Through the generosity of donor Bob Robbins of Robbins Farley, students will receive merit scholarships and therefore there is no cost to participants.

photography by Matthew P. Lomanno

The ensemble will meet with a professional coach weekly for a 1-hour rehearsal and will perform a full recital program at the conclusion of the school year. Additional performances will include showcase concerts at area schools, and Music School ensemble concerts and other performance opportunities allowing the Honors Brass Quintet to be ambassadors of the school.

Participants will work as part of the Symphony Orchestra and will be required to participate in Tuesday evening rehearsals and Orchestra concert programs. The combination of small ensemble and orchestral experience will provide a balanced educational experience for participants.

For the inaugural year, (2012-2013) high scoring All-State students will be invited to audition for the ensemble. Area music educators, both private and public, will be asked to recommend students to audition for the Honors Quintet.

Auditions will take place the last 2 weeks of May and the first 2 weeks of June, by appointment.  Students will be asked to play a selection of choice reflective of ability, scales including the chromatic scale and scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, and to sight read a short selection.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, it is our goal to engage a professional brass quintet to visit area schools to promote the Honors Quintet opportunity. Ideally, a side-by-side concert with students and professionals will be a standard recruiting procedure for years to come. Additional side-by-side playing opportunities may be developed with area wind ensembles including the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, Windham Community Band, and the Music School Summer Community Band.

The Honors Brass Quintet will be coached by Vin Duval, Music School French Horn faculty.

To learn more, call the Music School office at (603) 644-4548.