Brass Chamber Concert

At the end of every semester, WSU’s School of Music presents the various chamber music groups at the Chamber Brass concert and Chamber Student concert to showcase the musicians’ hard work.

Chamber music is largely comprised of smaller ensembles of musicians, with instruments such as the tuba quartet or trombone choir, or sometimes there are multiple types of instruments but only one or two musicians of each in the group.

There are some smaller pieces for tuba quartet, medium pieces for trombone choir and larger pieces for other groups, said David Turnbull, professor of trumpet and coordinator of brass and percussion at WSU’s School of Music.

There will also be the world premiere of Turnbull’s arrangement of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from the opera “Aida.”

There is a higher level of musicianship expected of the students in college that allows musicians to play more difficult pieces. Playing an instrument in high school is very different from playing one in college said Turnbull.

“Concerts are important for development,” Turnbull said. “There’s a finer art of playing in ensembles that develops listening skills for when [the musicians] play in larger ensembles in the real world.”

Immediately following the brass chamber concert, there will be a student chamber concert featuring woodwinds, piano and strings lead by the associate professor of cello, bass and music theory, Ruth Boden. Like the brass, there are multiple ensembles with various instrumentations that took a lot of work to bring together.

“I’ve been trying to do this Martinu piece for a while now, but it’s been difficult to find musicians who all have the same time free to practice,” Boden said.

All of these groups meet once a week with an instructor, said Chris Dickey, the clinical associate professor of music, tuba, euphonium and music theory. The rehearsals are fast paced and more for polishing the work than learning it.

“Talk to anyone, I expect [the students] to be committed and to be playing at a high level. All [rehearsal] time is precious,” Dickey said. “I don’t want any less than their best.”

The hard work the students have put into the pieces demonstrates their commitment to make these ensembles successful, Boden said. All of the musicians have great attitudes and worked rigorously to work these pieces up.

“This is a neat, end of the semester culmination of the work all of these musicians have done,” Boden said.

The Chamber Brass concert will be at 3:10 p.m. tomorrow in Bryan Hall. The Chamber music concert with strings, woodwinds and piano will be at 4:10 p.m. tomorrow after the Chamber Brass concert. Admission is free.