SHU to Host First Brass Fest

News Story: April 12, 2016
From top left, clockwise: Nautilus Brass Quintet, Carlot Dorve,
Joe Burgstaller, SHU Faculty Brass and David Jolley.

Sacred Heart University’s Faculty Brass will present an all-day festival on Sunday, April 24, at the Fairfield campus’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

The Faculty Brass will perform during the festival, along with a number of special guests: solo trumpeter Joe Burgstaller of the Peabody Institute, solo horn player David Jolley of the Manhattan School of Music, the Nautilus Brass Quintet and Haitian trumpeter Carlot Dorve.

“The Faculty Brass was started two or three years ago to present a professional-level ensemble for students to work alongside at the university, and the festival is a natural progression of that idea,” says Walker Beard, trumpet professor at SHU and stage manager and program coordinator at Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. “We’re eager to expose Sacred Heart students, and all students in the community, to top-tier music performances and educational opportunities, and this festival will have both.

“I want people to come and see Sacred Heart,” Beard says. “I want them to hear some really good music, and I want students to have easy accessibility to some really amazing artists giving classes and performing.”

Burgstaller and Jolley, faculty members at their respective institutions, will present master classes during the festival. Dorve—an alumnus of the BLUME Haiti project, which brings instruments and music education to underserved populations in the Caribbean nation—will deliver a recital with the Nautilus Brass and a talk on various aspects of entrepreneurship for young and emerging artists.

Brass instrument and accessory vendors also will be present at the festival, including Conn-SelmerYamaha, and Music & Arts. The company A minor Tune Up will conduct minor repairs and instrument cleanings on site.

The festival, which begins at 9 a.m., is free and open to the public, although a suggested donation of $20 will benefit BLUME Haiti. Music aficionados, musicians and music students of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend and take advantage of free lessons by SHU faculty and guests.

Schedule of events:

9-10 a.m.
Check-in – University Commons Atrium in the main academic building

(All events beyond this point are in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts)

10-10:30 a.m. 
SHU Faculty Brass performance and welcome

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
David Jolley masterclass

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Mass Brass reading session with SHU Director of Bands Keith Johnston conducting the Nautilus Brass Quintet “plugged-in”

1:30 -3:30 p.m.
Joe Burgstaller masterclass

3:30 – 5 p.m.
Nautilus Brass Quintet performs and speaks on entrepreneurship with Carlot Dorve from BLUME Haiti project

5 p.m.
Joe Burgstaller performance