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Fearless Performance Seminar with Jeff Nelsen


Barbro Osher Recital Hall
200 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102
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With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, SFCM welcomes Opus 3 Artist Canadian Brass for a residency, culminating in this side-by-side performance with SFCM brass students. The residency will also feature the acclaimed ensemble working with students in masterclasses and professional development seminars during their week-long visit. The full residency includes:
February 20 - Brass Chamber Music Masterclass
February 21 - "Fearless Performance" Seminar
February 22 - Trombone Masterclass
February 23 - Trumpet Masterclass
February 23 - Side-by-Side Concert


Introduction and Overview of Fearless Performance
Jeff Nelsen, guest speaker

Student Demonstrations
Henry Nordhorn, horn
Gretchen Bonnema, horn
Charles Blagrove, RJAM trombone

Q&A in Collaboration with PDEC
Jeff Nelsen, guest speaker

Kristen Klehr, moderator

Learn more about Fearless Performance.

About Jeff Nelsen

The instrument formerly known as French Horn stands at the center of a brass quintet. There is not a concert performed by Canadian Brass anywhere in the world where Jeff Nelsen is not surrounded by professional Horn colleagues and former students. He was recently President of the International Horn Society. There is no better-informed Hornist than Jeff, he has played in just about all of the major symphonies in North America, performed in the music of computer games, toured with John Legend and played in the Broadway pits in New York.


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