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December, 16, 2021
02:45 PM - 03:45 PM


W 186


Peyden Shelton

Peyden Shelton
Rachel Holland

Rachel Holland

Connecting With Your Voice: The Enhancement of Brass Performance Through Vocal Techniques

Clinic Synopsis:

Student brass players often produce sounds that can be attributed to a lack of understanding of the basic connection to their body. As initial learning often takes place in a classroom, the focus is on basic function since time for targeted instruction is limited. We propose a new method that incorporates singing to concisely address brass technique. This clinic will provide exercises for the classroom to enhance sound and encourage efficient function. *Participation on instruments is welcome!

Peyden Shelton - Biographical Information

Dr. J. Peyden Shelton is currently the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Utah. Before his currently position, he has served on the faculties at the University of Rochester and Cornell University. Peyden has performed as both soloist and ensemble member with numerous groups including the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Washington Concert Opera, Symphony Number One, New World Symphony and Salt Lake Symphony. He also is a member of several chamber ensembles including Fifth Bridge (, the Mirari Brass Quintet (, and Ascent (@ascentensemble). Dr. Shelton has a respected reputation as a clinician having presented for universities, schools, and conferences all over the world. He serves on numerous committees for the International Trumpet Guild including as the Chair of the ITG Orchestral Excerpt Competition. Peyden has written several articles for the ITG Journal and has been a featured presenter at their International Conferences. Peyden holds degrees from Virginia Tech (BA), the University of Miami (MM), and the Eastman School of Music (DMA). He can be heard on Summit Records, SNOtone Records, Mark Records, and in the 4th Edition of the Samuel Adler’s The Study of Orchestration textbook by W.W. Norton & Company. Dr. Shelton is also a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Rachel Holland - Biographical Information

Dr. Rachel J. Holland is an accomplished teacher, clinician and sought-after soprano soloist. Her students have gone on to prestigious graduate programs and grace the stages around the nation. As a soprano soloist, her operatic credits include two of Mozart’s most stoic heroines, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, as well as such 20th century heroines as the title role in Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Ellen Orford in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, and Puccini’s most beloved heroines: Madama Butterfly and Tosca. Dr. Holland’s concert credits also span a wide range of styles, including Verdi’s Requiem, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, Mendolssohn’s Elijah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. She has performed nationally with such companies as The Virginia Opera Association, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, Indianapolis Opera, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. International credits include appearance at Oxford University, the Mannheimer Schlosskirche in Mannheim, Germany, the Rialto Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, the Latvijas Universitat in Riga, Latvia, and the Eesti Kontserdimajad in Tallinn, Estonia, among others. Dr. Holland received her D.M. in Vocal Performance and Literature from Indiana University, studying with Costanza Cuccaro. She currently serves as the Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor of Voice at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.