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Four Centuries of Masterworks for Brass Ensemble

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  • The clinic will cover major trends in brass ensemble repertory from the late 16th century to present day. Composers and works will be presented by genre, nationality, and other factors in order to facilitate different programming philosophies, from building concerts around specific themes to moving chronologically from early music for brass to contemporary compositions. Much of the music will be playable by high school musicians and appropriate for programming on band and orchestra concerts.
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  • Gail Williams is an internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue. After 20 years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Williams is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. A founding member of The Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Summit Brass, an ensemble with whom she has made eight recordings, she has also released three solo recordings. Williams is the horn professor at Northwestern University, where she has been on faculty since 1989.

    Travis Cross is director of the wind ensemble at Virginia Tech. Gerard Morris is a doctoral conducting student at Northwestern University. Alicia Neal is assistant director of bands at the University of Minnesota. Robert Taylor is director of bands at the University of Puget Sound. All have served as doctoral assistant conductors of the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble, which will perform on the clinic.