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January 23, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

BrassChix 2022: 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, both in-person and online, for an incredible day of performance, exploration, discussion and camaraderie.

The cost to attend is $10 and you must register in advance to secure a place in this one-of-a-kind happening, created exclusively for adult and high school brass players who identify as female, non-binary, transgender or gender nonconforming.

If you plan to attend in person: Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination record or proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event to the check-in table on Sunday morning. University policy requires all persons on campus to wear a mask indoors. Please plan to bring a regular mask as well as a mask that can be used to play your instrument. If you do not have a playing mask then one will be provided free of charge.

Students under age 18 will need to bring a signed consent form to allow being photographed.

Grab your horn and join us on January 23, 2022!

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.

Ally Partin is an active freelance hornist and teacher in the Twin Cities area. She brings a wealth of knowledge on warmups, technique, gig preparation, and networking to BrassChix.

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.

Schedule

Activities in Italics are accessible to online participants.
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.
9:30 a.m.
Instrument-specific Warmup Sessions Guest clinicians lead trumpets, horns, and low brass in specialized routines.
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.
10:15 a.m.
On-Demand Content for Online Participants Online participants may browse on-demand content throughout the day.
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.
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.
3:00 p.m. Brass Choir Session Dr. Angela Winter rehearses large brass ensemble music.
3:00 p.m.
On-Demand Content for Online Participants
Online participants browse on-demand content.
4:00 p.m.
For the Record: Owning Your Narrative
Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger delves further into writing skills to document your brass journey.
4:30 p.m.
Closing Ritual
BrassChix comes to an end through a closing ritual.

Event Details


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

Online participants will receive a link to a page containing Zoom links for each online or hybrid session.



If you plan to attend in person: Please bring your COVID-19 vaccination record or proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event to the check-in table on Sunday morning. University policy requires all persons on campus to wear a mask indoors. Please plan to bring a regular mask as well as a mask that can be used to play your instrument. If you do not have a playing mask then one will be provided free of charge.



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.