National Brass Ensemble
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National Brass Ensemble Academy

Participants will work with principal brass, percussion, and timpani players from the top orchestras across the country. The week-long academy will include intimate masterclasses, side-by-side brass ensemble and orchestral section readings, interactive chamber music sessions, and workshops delving into audition preparation, performance psychology, arranging for brass ensemble, and many more. Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to observe the National Brass Ensemble in rehearsal and recording sessions at Skywalker Studios, as well as attend the culminating National Brass Ensemble performance at Davies Symphony Hall.

Ages: 16-25
When: Monday, June 13 - Monday, June 20
Tuition: $1,850
Application Deadline: March 15, 2022. Deadline Extended for Horn Percussion and Timpani ONLY.
Eligibility: Intended for the serious brass musician. Trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, and timpani.
Application Fee: $50
Housing & Dining:
    Shared Bedroom: $900
    Single Bedroom: $1,080

  • Submit a video recording. View list of required repertoire.
  • Submit a performance resume: include educational background, instructors - past and present, and playing experience.
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination and booster is required for all those participating in Summer at SFCM programs. If you are unable to get vaccinated due to a medical reason, please email


National Brass Ensemble
David H. Stull - Executive Director
Michael Sachs - Artistic Director

Boston Symphony
Michael Martin - Fourth/Utility Trumpet
Toby Oft - Principal Trombone
James Markey - Bass Trombone
J. William Hudgins - Principal Percussion
Jessica Zhou - Principal Harp

Chicago Symphony
Gail Williams - Former Assoc. Principal Horn, Professor of Horn, Northwestern University

Cleveland Orchestra
Michael Sachs - Principal Trumpet
Nathaniel Silberschlag - Principal Horn
Richard King - Fourth Horn, former Principal Horn
Randy Hawes - Acting Bass Trombone
Yasuhito Sugiyama - Principal Tuba
Marc Damoulakis - Principal Percussion
Paul Yancich - Principal Timpani
Trina Struble - Principal Harp

Demondrae Thurman - Professor of Music, Indiana University

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Conrad Jones - Principal Trumpet

Nashville Symphony
William Leathers - Principal Trumpet Designate

New York Philharmonic
Christopher Martin - Principal Trumpet
Richard Deane - Assoc. Principal/Acting Principal Horn
Leelanee Sterrett - Third Horn/Acting Assoc. Principal Horn
Joseph Alessi - Principal Trombone

Philadelphia Orchestra
David Bilger - Principal Trumpet
Jeffrey Curnow - Associate Principal Trumpet
Jennifer Montone - Principal Horn

San Francisco Opera & Ballet Orchestras
Adam Luftman - Principal Trumpet

San Francisco Symphony
Mark Inouye - Principal Trumpet
Robert Ward - Principal Horn
Jonathan Ring - Second Horn
Jessica Valeri - Fourth Horn
Timothy Higgins - Principal Trombone
Jeffrey Anderson - Principal Tuba
Jacob Nissly - Principal Percussion
Jonathan Dimmock - Organist