All Canadian Women's Brass Collective masterclasses are free and open to the public. All ages and levels are encouraged to attend.

Karen Donnelly: Trumpet Masterclass - Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 1-3pm

Tension is the enemy

Want to make it both FEEL easy and SOUND easy? Then come on down to Karen Donnelly's masterclass. She'll focus on making sound production easier by getting rid of tension, introducing students to breathing exercises and equipment to help increase resonance and center the tone.

Round table discussion with Jessie Brooks and Amy Horvey - Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4-5pm

Come and join our discussion about gender diversity in the brass world – where we've been and where we're going! We'll talk about musicians' health issues, career options, repertoire – what we choose to play and why - and much, much more. Come with your own stories and questions to add your voice (or just your ears!) to the musical community seeking diversity and inclusivity in the world of brass music.

Karen Bulmer: Mind/Body Tools for Musicians - Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5-7pm

In this hands on workshop, we will take a tour through the autonomic nervous systems and explore a variety of simple but effective strategies that musicians can use to cultivate embodied resilience in practice and performance. Topics will include mindfulness, healthy movement, and self-regulation of the nervous system. 

Catherine Turner: French Horn Masterclass - Friday, January 18, 2019, 1-3pm

The Art of Doing it Right

In her masterclass, Catherine Turner will outline the ins and outs of audition preparation. Whether for a professional audition or your final school exam, you'll learn the tricks of the trade! Catherine will outline her personal practice strategies and help students master the art of mental preparation.

Merrie Klazek: Trumpet Lecture - Friday, January 18, 2019, 3-4pm

The how-to and what-to: physiology of playing a brass instrument and effective practice tips

In this talk Merrie Klazek will discuss the understanding of function - a clear analysis of the intention behind wind and song. As Vincent Cicowicz used to say, “you need to know how it works so that when it starts to not work you know how to get it back on track”. Participants will learn to build consistency - how to practice effectively to create good playing that will serve them well in performance.

Amy Horvey: Baroque Trumpet presentation - Friday, January 18, 2019, 4-5pm

This one-hour class will introduce students to early brass instruments,specifically baroque trumpet and cornetto. Horvey will discuss historically informed performance and demonstrate instruments and repertoire.

Vivian Lee: Trombone masterclass - Friday, January 18, 2019, 6-8pm

The Perfectionist Within: dealing with performance anxiety

Trombonist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal for over 20 years, Vivian Lee brings a lifetime of experience to her talk about performance anxiety and orchestral music. She will work with students to optimize their technique and musicianship,and provide helpful suggestions to managing performance jitters.