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January 22, 2023, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BrassChix 2023: For the Record

A day of networking, mentoring, learning and music-making for adult and high school brass players who identify as female, non-binary, transgender or gender nonconforming.

Come together with fellow brass enthusiasts for an incredible day of performance, exploration, discussion and camaraderie.

Grab your horn and join us on Sunday, January 22, 2023!

Register for BrassChix 2023 today! 

Questions? Email music@stthomas.edu for additional information.

Additional Guest Artists

In addition to the Guest Clinicians, BrassChix welcomes other guests who will lead sessions, perform, and share their expertise.
Cavitt Productions, our long-time Community Partner, has documented BrassChix participants and activities for many years. Photos and videos on this website are just a sampling of the fine work Cavitt Productions has done to capture musicians hard at work and play!

The Recording and Production Faculty at the Department of Music are top professionals in the industry. Michael Johnson and Gavin Linnehan are working closely with students Michaela Smith, Clare Howard, and Nate Iliff to produce the One Minute Drop project for this year’s gathering.

Samantha Hogen and Clare Howard (BA'23) will have featured compositions in this year's BrassChix event.

Brass Choir and Rock Band?  YES!  The final brass choir session will be joined by a rock combo from SheRockSheRock to jam on arrangements of "We Don't Talk About Bruno" and "Love on Top" Click here to learn about this unique rock camp in the Twin Cities.

 Electric guitar with SheRockSheRock logo

One Minute Drop

BrassChix who attend in person will record one minute of brass ensemble music in our new production studios. Our Recording Arts program faculty and students will collaborate with BrassChix throughout the day to record and mix a short excerpt of brass trio, quartet, or quintet music that you will receive prior to the day.


8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Arrival and Check-in Brady Education Center
9:15 a.m.
Greeting Ritual Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger greets participants in the auditorium. Live Zoom for online participants.
9:30 a.m. Instrument-specific Warmup Sessions Guest clinicians lead trumpets, horns, and low brass in specialized routines. Live Zoom for online participants.
10:15 a.m. Brass Ensemble Reading Session In-person participants gather to read large brass ensemble music and prepare music for the One Minute Drop small group recording session. Online participants browse on demand content.
11:00 a.m.
For the Record: Writing Your Story
Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger leads creative ideation prompts to spark reflective writing about your experiences as a brass player. Live Zoom for online participants.
1:00 p.m.
Guest Clinician Sessions Guest clinicians will share their expertise on recording gear and techniques for the practice room and beyond. Dr. Izaguirre, trumpet, Dr. Angela Winter, horn, Dr. Ycaza low brass. Live Zoom for online participants.
3:00 p.m. Brass Choir Session Rockin' Brass Choir. Participants attending in-person will collaborate with a combo from SheRockSheRock to play down (and record!) "We Don't Talk About Bruno" and "Love on Top." 
4:00 p.m.
For the Record: Owning Your Narrative
Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger delves further into writing skills to document your brass journey. Live Zoom for online participants.
4:30 p.m.
Closing Ritual
BrassChix comes to an end through a closing ritual. Live Zoom for online participants.

Event Details

In-person participants will meet in the Brady Educational Center.

Please check back a few days prior to the event for updated COVID-19 information.

About BrassChix

Founded by Sarah Schmalenberger and Kara Bradshaw in 2009, BrassChix began as a gathering of female brass players from high school and college students through adults, to spend a day of playing and discussing music, sharing ideas and enjoying the camaraderie of playing a brass instrument.

The mission of BrassChix is to encourage female-identifying, non-binary, transgender and gender non-conforming students and adults who play a brass instrument. BrassChix forums aim to cultivate a network of peers and mentors among this cohort of brass players, through activities designed to engage participant’s music making and conversations about the rewards of playing a brass instrument.