GVSU International Brass Seminar 2018: Cancelled


The 2018 International Brass Seminar has been cancelled. Please email Dr. Alex Wilson if you have any questions.


Brass players!  Looking for a chance to play great chamber ensemble repertoire, hear recitals by world-class performers, and work with those same performers to hone your skills as a solo and collaborative musician?  The GVSU International Brass Seminar offers all that and more!

Rooted in the tradition of Grand Valley's wildly successful trumpet seminars, the International Brass Seminar includes daily warm-up classes, masterclasses, chamber ensemble coachings, and solo and chamber recitals by GVSU brass faculty and guest artists from around the world.  Attendees are welcome to register as pre-formed brass chamber ensembles, or be grouped into ensembles after a very brief audition upon arrival.  All ensembles will work together throughout the seminar to ready a piece for performance on the final seminar concert.  The final concert will also include a mass ensemble and the winners of the high school and college divisions of the concerto competition. 

The seminar will be held from July 17 - 21, 2018, with check-in beginning at 1pm on Tuesday, July 17, and the final concert taking place from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, July 21.

All seminar events will take place in the beautiful, recently-renovated, Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts on GVSU's campus in Allendale, Michigan.

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Tuition and Accommodations

Tuition: $350  (discounted to $300 for registrations received by May 31)

Deadline to register: June 15

Room and Board: $242

Meals only: $100

Attendees choosing to room on campus will be housed in the Niemeyer or Murray Living Centers, both of which are next door to the Haas Center for the Performing Arts, where all the seminar events will take place.

Meals include lunch and dinner at the Fresh Food Company, an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility, as well as light, informal breakfasts in the Haas Center.






Concerto Competition

The GVSU International Brass Seminar will include a Concerto Competition with separate high school and college divisions.  One first prize winner will be selected from each division, who will receive a $250 cash prize as well as the opportunity to perform their solo on the final seminar concert.  Accompaniment is required for pieces that are not normally performed unaccompanied. 

Restrictions for high school division: Must be currently enrolled in high school or graduating in the spring of 2018.  Must be less than 20 years of age on July 17, 2018.

Restrictions for college division: Must be less than 25 years of age on July 17, 2018.

Competitors planning to bring their own accompanists should insure the accompanist is available the afternoons of July 19 and 21, for the competition and the final concert, respectively.  Competitors planning to play with a staff accompanist will be required to pay a $50 accompaniment fee.  To keep practice time (and therefore cost) low, the following pieces have been selected by the GVSU faculty as the solo options for registrants planning to play with staff accompanists:

Trumpet: "Fantasie in Eb" by J. Ed. Barat (recommended for high school division), or "Trumpet Concerto," mvt. 1, by Oskar Böhme (recommended for college division)

Horn: "Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb," K.447, mvt. 1, by W.A. Mozart (recommended for high school division) or "Horn Concerto No. 1," mvt. 1, by Richard Strauss (recommended for college division)

Tenor Trombone: "Morceau Symphonique," by Alexandre Guilmant (recommended for high school division), or "Sonata for Trombone and Piano," mvts. 2 & 3, by Eric Ewazen (recommended for college division)

Bass Trombone: "Drei Leichte Stücke," by Paul Hindemith (recommended for high school division), or "Sonatina for Bass Trombone," by Halsey Stevens (recommended for college division)

Euphonium: "Concerto for Euphonium," mvts. 2 & 3, by Joseph Horovitz (recommended for high school division), or "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" by Simone Mantia, arr. David R. Werden (recommended for college division)

Tuba: "Concertino for Tuba," by Jim Curnow (recommended for high school division), or "Concerto for Tuba," mvts. 1 & 2, by R. Vaughn Williams (recommended for college division)

A Typical Day at the Seminar

8am-9am: Breakfast in the Haas Center

9am-10am: Warm-up classes

10am-12pm: Chamber ensemble rehearsal and coaching

12pm-1pm: Lunch at the Fresh Food Company

1pm-3pm: Masterclass (topics range from audition preparation to beginning jazz improvisation)

3pm-4pm: Mass ensemble rehearsal

4pm-6pm: Ultimate frisbee and/or free time for relaxing or practicing

6pm-7pm: Dinner at the Fresh Food Company

7:30pm-8:30pm: Faculty or guest artist recital


Guest Artists

Javier Alcaraz Leon

Javier Alcaraz is a lecturer specializing in orchestral trumpet repertoire and contemporary music at the “Conservatori superior de les Illes Balears” in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, as well as a freelance orchestral trumpeter with the Vallés Symphony Orchestra, Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphonic Band and the Spanish National Orchestra.

Mr. Alcaraz has also performed with the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Córdoba Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonia, and as principal trumpet of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra and Vallés Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductors including Kent Nagano, Daniel Harding, Christoph Eschenbach, Diego Matheuz, Simone Young, Nicola Luisotti, Pablo-Heras Casado, Leif Segerstam and David Afkham. He toured the United States with the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, and toured North America and Asia with a Shen Yun Performing Arts pit orchestra.

Mr. Alcaraz is a graduate of the Conservatoire "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Valencia, Spain.

Javier Alcaraz

Daniel Perantoni

Provost Professor of Tuba at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Daniel Perantoni, or “Mr. P” as his students call him, is a legendary tuba artist, teacher and pedagogue as well as a trailblazer in a variety of genres including work as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, jazz musician, and instrument design.

He is a founding member of the Summit Brass, Symphonia, the St. Louis Brass Quintet, the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort, and has released numerous solo albums and chamber music CD’s. He is a Buffet Crampon B&S Artist.

Visit Mr. P’s web-site at danielperantoni.com

Daniel Perantoni

Jean Moorehead Libs

Jean Moorehead Libs, trumpeter, did her BME, MM and DMA studies at the University of Michigan School of Music with Clifford P. Lillya and Armando Ghitalla. Formerly Principal Trumpet with the Singapore Symphony Jean remains active as a performer and educator throughout the Midwest, currently performing with Today's Brass, The Ann Arbor Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra and the Michigan Chamber Brass. A dedicated educator, Miss Moorehead has held teaching positions at; Olivet College, The United World College of Southeast Asia, Northern Michigan University, Wayne State University, The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan All State program at Interlochen. During her tenure as Pedagogy Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal Jean was the author and editor of dozens of publications for and with America's leading trumpeters. Currently Jean is adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Concordia University of Ann Arbor, clinician and adjudicator MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) and a contributing editor for Balquhidder Music and Elan Brass Press. Jean recently completed the second edition of Clifford Lillya's "Method for Trumpet book Two" with colleagues Dennis Horton and Rob Roy McGregor.  Jean Moorehead Libs is a Yamaha Artist.

Jean Libs

GVSU Brass Faculty

Alex Wilson

Trumpet professor at Grand Valley State University, Dr. Alex Wilson holds a Bachelor's degree from GVSU, and a Master's degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.  Alex has played with the Arizona Opera, the Phoenix Symphony, the Holland Symphony Orchestra, and currently subs with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

He toured North America and Asia with the Shen Yun Performing Arts, and performed as soloist for the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra during two national tours, at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  Alex was a performer at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild conference in Grand Rapids, and released his first solo album, "Volti Subito," in 2016.

During his studies, Alex won 1st prize in the International Trumpet Guild’s orchestral excerpts competition in 2010, 1st place in the 2008 National Trumpet Competition as part of a GVSU trumpet ensemble, and 2nd place in the National Trumpet Competition’s undergraduate and graduate solo divisions in 2010 and 2012, respectively.  He also performed as a soloist with both the GVSU Symphony Orchestra and the ASU Wind Ensemble.

Dr. Alex Wilson

Richard Britsch

Richard Britsch teaches French Horn at Grand Valley State University and is the Principal Horn of the Grand Rapids Symphony, a position he has held since 1990. Formerly with the Florida Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony, he has appeared as soloist numerous times with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Peninsula Music Festival on the scenic Door County peninsula on Green Bay in Wisconsin, where he has also been Principal Horn since 1992. He performs regularly with the Detroit Symphony and has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Milwaukee Symphony and the Taegu City Symphony in Korea.

In addition to being a founding member of the Florida Wind Quintet, he was a member of the Emerald Brass, which won first prize in both the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Yamaha/Summit Brass International Brass Competition. He holds a BA from the University of South Florida in Tampa where his principal teacher was Ralph Froelich and participated in such festivals as the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Florida Music Festival and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.

He has taught horn at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida, as well as horn and brass ensembles at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and the Luzerne Music Center in New York's Adirondack Park. He is a member of Beyond Classical and Ensemble Montage, two music groups dedicated to introducing great music to new audiences.

Richard Britsch

Mark R. Williams

Mark R. Williams, nationally known artist performer and pedagogue of trombone joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in Fall 2008. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. Williams served for over 22 years in the United States Air Force Band Program and achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. As Principal Trombonist with the USAF Concert Band in Washington, D.C. for 14 years, he performed in all 50 states and throughout Europe and Asia. He was a featured soloist on numerous concert and national tours and was a guest soloist with the U.S. Army Band at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Dr. Williams can be heard on over 30 compact discs recorded during his tenure with the United States Air Force Concert Band. In addition to his musical duties with the Air Force, Dr. Williams also served for two years as Director of Operations for The United States Air Force Band, coordinating over 4,000 performances. In 2004 Dr. Williams was selected for the position of Band Career Field Manager at the Pentagon where he served with distinction for three years.

In addition to his performance career, Dr. Williams was trombone instructor at Shenandoah University in Virginia. He has presented clinics and master classes throughout the United States.

Dr. Williams received the Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University under the tutelage of Curtis Olson and Maury Okun. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Donald Knaub.

Dr. Mark Williams

Paul Carlson

Since beginning his study of the tuba at the age of 11, Dr. Paul Carlson has thrilled audiences around the globe as a soloist and as a member of the internationally renowned Dallas Brass. He has completed studies at the University of Illinois (B.M.), the University of New Mexico (M.M.), and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (D.M.). He has studied with Dan Perantoni, Richard White, Mark Moore, and Joseph Goble.

As an active performer, Paul is comfortable in many musical situations. Paul’s performance experience includes the New Mexico Brass Quintet, Santa Fe Symphony Brass Quintet, The King’s Brass, the Walt Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, Harvey Phillips Tuba Company, as well as the Grand Rapids, Southwest Michigan, West Michigan, New Mexico, Louisville, South Bend, and Bloomington Camerata Symphonies. He can be heard on recordings on the Summit and Naxos labels as well as Alfred Music Publishing. An advocate of new music, Paul has premiered numerous pieces for solo tuba, most notably the works of Brian Ciach. Paul was a soloist at the 2014 and 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, the 2017 Great Plains Regional Tuba Euphonium conference, and the 2015 and 2013 Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium conference. 

Paul is currently touring the country performing clinics and concerts with the Dallas Brass in addition to serving as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Grand Valley State University. He is also a Buffet Crampon USA Artist performing on B&S, Meinl Weston, and Besson tubas.

Dr. Paul Carlson


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Contact Us

Contact Dr. Wilson at wilsoal1@gvsu.edu with any seminar-related comments or questions you may have.

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