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Studio Marco Blaauw, Christine Chapman, Abbie Conant & Melvyn Poore

Two-week instrumental studio

Tutors: Marco Blaauw (Trumpet & Coordination), Christine Chapman (French Horn), Abbie Conant (Trombone), Melvyn Poore (Tuba)

How to sign up: Online registration & booking is already closed, but there are still a few places left in this studio. If you like to take part in the brass studio, please e-mail (Subject: Brass Studio Registration) and express your interest. Many thanks!


As part of the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Brass Studio offers a unique program for brass players who want to explore contemporary music.

The 2-week program contains work on basic- and extended techniques, interpretation, methods for studying, collaboration with composers, and improvisation.

The course offers the chance to work with four outstanding specialists for contemporary brass repertoire: Marco Blaauw (trumpet), Christine Chapman (horn), Abbie Conant (trombone), and Melvyn Poore (tuba). Each tutor leads 3 days of individual coaching and group workshops. Marco Blaauw directs the program and is present for the full two weeks.

The tutors’ individual experiences and insights achieved through their work as soloists, chamber musicians, and ensemble players are an essential element of the studio. This combination of four views on common questions and the discourse that ensues provides a unique and multifaceted learning experience.

Previous editions of the Brass Studio have proven to be excellent occasions for getting performance experience, exposure to new repertoire, meeting with some of the most relevant composers of our time, and creating your own network.

The 2020 Brass Studio puts an extra emphasis on the exchange with composers. Isabel Mundry and George Lewis and their class of 15 composers will collaborate intensely with the Brass Studio on creating new works. A performance/presentation is planned.
For detailed information, please see the workshop description: Listening as Compositional Practice

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