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December, 21, 2022
03:45 PM - 04:45 PM




Michael Cichowicz

Michael Cichowicz
Merrie Klazek

Merrie Klazek

The Teaching of Vincent Cichowicz for Advancing Brass Players

Clinic Synopsis:

Vincent Cichowicz (1927-2006) is regarded as one of the leading trumpet pedagogues of trumpet teaching in the modern era. He was an accomplished musician as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a professor at Northwestern University. Mr. Cichowicz’s well documented thoughts on brass playing from sources including classes, applied lessons, interviews to present educators with practical solutions. These simple concepts are especially helpful for teachers working with young students.

Mark Dulin - Biographical Information

Mark Dulin is the Artist Relations for Conn-Selmer Brass and leads an active career as a performer and educator. As an orchestral musician he is a former member of the Charlotte, Jacksonville Symphonies and has performed with the Charleston, Winston Salem, Greensboro symphonies. He is a member of the Atlanta Chamber Brass and has performed with the Emerson String Quartet, giving the North American Premiere of Dimitri Shostakovich’s op.41A Dulin has served on the faculties of Purdue University Fort Wayne, LaGrange College, The University of Akron, Winthrop University, Appalachian State University and the University of North Florida. He has presented masterclasses and lectures at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, the University of Iowa and the Trumpet Festival of The Southeast. Additionally, Dulin has hosted regional trumpet festivals in Ohio and South Carolina. He is the co-editor of Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies, Flow Studies Volume I and II published by Studio 259 Productions and Balquhidder Music and Vincent Cichowicz, Fundamental Studies for the Advancing Player published by Hal Leonard. Dr. Dulin holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati and SUNY Stony Brook and is a Vincent Bach Performing Artist. He is a student of John Rommel, Marie Speziale, Kevin Cobb, Joe Phelps, Michael Sachs, James Pandolfi and John Entzi.

Michael Cichowicz - Biographical Information

Michael Cichowicz currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio, Texas and where he is an active as a professional trumpet player, horn arranger, clinician and administrator. He plays regularly with several prominent local bands, has written hundreds of horn arrangements and credits Jerry Hey and Greg Adams as his main mentors in that area. Recently, he has been performing regularly around the U.S. with Gino Vanelli. During his long career, he has toured, recorded or played with artists such as Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, Huey Lewis and the News, the Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Burt Bacharach, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Valli to name just a few. Michael also appears at schools around the country conducting master classes about his father, Vincent Cichowicz’ career as a Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2nd trumpet player and master teacher, approaches to small horn section playing in commercial music and the music business in general. The classes are designed to help educate young players in making the transition from universities and colleges into the world of the professional commercial brass players.

Merrie Klazek - Biographical Information

Merrie Klazek is a versatile and respected trumpet artist in the world of performance and education. Fluent in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional (world), and popular music, Merrie joined the full-time faculty at the University of Victoria’s School of Music in 2016. Merrie holds a BMus from her native Calgary and an MMus from Northwestern University where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz. Her musical travels have taken her around the globe with performance highlights including Spoleto Festival Italy, Musik Contemporaire Strasbourg France, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan hall, Stratford Festival, Hungary's Niyrbator Festival, and many solo appearances with Canadian orchestras. Merrie’s first solo album “Songs to the Moon” has been featured on TVO Studio 2 and CBC Radio. Her second album “Dance Around the Sun” is soon to be released in early 2023. This album celebrates the trumpet in settings of world music with over 24 musicians from around the globe. Merrie has appeared as a presenter, artist, and adjudicator at the International Trumpet Guild Conference (‘08,’11,’18, 21), International Women’s Brass Conference (’10,’12,’17), Canadian Women’s Brass Collective (’19), World Trumpet Society (‘19), and at the Trompetenmuseum in Badsackingen, Germany. Her engaging lectures and presentations cover topics including Performance Skills, Trumpet Pedagogy, Women in Brass, Trumpet and the Art Song, and Music as a Global Connector. In 2022 Merrie commissioned “Listen to Learn”, a piece for 9 trumpets based on themes of reconciliation and acknowledgment for Indigenous people, which was premiered by her students at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to joining the faculty at UVic, Merrie played Principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony from 1999-2018, and has held the same position with Victoria Symphony (‘05/’06) and Orchestra London Canada (’96-‘99.) Merrie is an endorsing artist for Wedge Mouthpieces, and Bach Trumpets/Conn-Selmer, and Robinson’s Remedies.