The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s premier professional brass ensemble, and an Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive 2018 Summer Brass Workshop at SDSU, June 25- 29, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.. This fun-filled week culminates in a free afternoon concert with the participant ensembles, on Saturday, June 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the School of Music and Dance.
The musicians of The Westwind Brass Ensemble are Elizabeth Howard, John Wilds and Karl Soukup (trumpets), Barry Toombs (horn), Eric Starr (trombone) and Bryan Smith (tuba).
“Each year, this week provides a cross-generational environment where we all have a chance to explore and develop skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity; and to engender a larger sense of community.”- Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn)
“The participants, young and old, receive an opportunity to work with some of the finest brass musicians in southern California. It is fun, informative, and relative to the music in their daily lives. What’s more, they have a chance to play in what will be, I believe, the greatest brass ensemble of their lives!”– Westwind Brass Director Educational and Outreach Programs: Bryan Smith
Activities will include: Master Classes, Sectional Coaching, Ensemble Playing, Individual and Group Performances. Private lessons will be made available during the mornings for an additional fee.
In addition to the more traditional brass instrument training and ensemble experiences, this workshop will feature mini-seminars on such topics as sustainable practice routines; learning and performing solos; making use of technology in your music; and an interactive introduction to jazz and improvisation.
The Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music. Westwind Brass musicians perform in various configurations of featuring the unique timbre of brass instruments and performing the brass repertoire at a high artistic level. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.
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The Hausmann Chamber Music Program announces their exciting interactive ‘Summer Festival’ presented by SDSU Community Music School, at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance (SDSU), June 18th through June 23rd, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event will be an intensive music experience for string, wind, brass and piano players ages 12 and older which will engage them in a dynamic combination of classes, performances and social opportunities. (Younger students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis). This year HCMP will also be open to pre-formed adult chamber music groups, with a prorated tuition rate option to participate for less than the full five days.
Faculty includes the Hausmann Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University (SDSU). Guest Faculty include fellow SDSU School of Music & Dance professors and artists drawn from around Southern California. Sessions on physical movement, improvisation and other related topics are included. The festival will again feature collaborations with San Diego Bass Fest (also on campus) with a joint faculty recital and shared activities.
Included in the program will be daily chamber music group coaching from SDSU’s Fisch/Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence, the Hausmann Quartet, as well as Chamber Music seminars and guided rehearsals by music professionals. There will also be opportunities for solo repertoire private lessons and group activities as well as Chamber orchestra reading session and master classes.
Price Information for Summer Workshop: $500.00 (includes $75 registration fee) with scholarships available. There is a 10% discount for early registration by April 15th. There’s also an “A la Carte” daily rate of $85 available for pre-formed adult groups only. Online registration at hausmannquartet.com. Note: *A non-refundable deposit of $75 will be due after registration. Note: Final registration due June 1st, 2018.
San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,
The mission of the Hausmann Chamber Music Program is to develop a community of engaged listeners and music lovers by sparking excitement, passion and the spirit of curiosity through hands-on, year-round chamber music training, including coaching, master classes with Hausmann Quartet and visiting artists, performance opportunities, special topic workshops and forums. HCMP welcomes each participant’s background and unique personality, and is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and nurturing learning environment.
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Tomorrow, Saturday, April 7th ‘Capturing your Creativity: Haiku Poetry’ with Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, San Diego Writers Ink, Arts District Liberty Station http://www.sandiegowriters.org/17050-2/
A quick visit to Lake Poway today yielded a few surprises! Once we arrived it only took a few minutes to see a ‘capture’ of a baby rattlesnake, reported to the ranger by a man fishing along the water’s edge.
Only a few minutes later, someone behind us shouted ‘he’s got a fish’! We looked up to notice just that! Perched high above on a utility pole, an osprey was holding a fish. He soon took off! The photos below show a bit of the dramatic feat!
Here’s a short #haiku (Day #4 of National Poetry Writing Month hashtag: #napowrimo)!
Perched high, above pole
The osprey held on to prey
Then it flew away!
Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications
Wasn’t that osprey cool???
We walked along the water, taking in sights such as the beautiful blue sky and calm water of the Lake Poway. A few people were fishing, a few boating. Just a gorgeous afternoon.
Crystal blue water
Perfect way to spend the day
OH NO!!!!! We suddenly spotted this snake- rattlesnake? (or gopher snake?…it was a few feet long) – just as we walked above (and to the left) of the trail around the lake. That was enough for me! Beware, it’s SPRING and the rattlers are awakening!
I ask you…take heed
The rattlesnakes are lurking
Avoid getting bit!
Whew, that rattler was scary! At the end of the trip we noticed this woman who caught some trout. She allowed me to snap this photo!
All in all a wonderful time at Lake Poway!
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In honor of National Poetry Writing Month (#napowrimo) I have mastered the first few days in previous blog posts and am attempting to keep it going (with and without prompts)!
As I have stated previously, I’ve been a Mentor at San Diego State University in their Aztec Mentor Program since 2016. Mentoring has been an inspirational and enjoyable way to connect with and guide students as a role model, share wisdom and give back to one’s community.
Today, I arrived early and was waiting for my first of two mentees to join me for our biweekly in-person session.
Alas: a Haiku blossomed!
Once I returned home for the day, I walked around our general neighborhood and snapped some photos (which to me depict #artinnature #natureasart). The photos are attached below!
As the season of Spring has sprung and as nature evolves – my burgeoning Mentees have been flourishing as well! May they thrive and prosper! Thus…my tribute to them!
We visited a great new exhibit, “Butterfly Jungle” at the Safari Park in Escondido, California the other day…
Please note: The Butterfly Jungle is only open now through April 15th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A few words to the wise! Be prepared to wait! This is a very popular exhibit! (For an extra fee of $20 you can move up in line).
Once you’re inside, they will allow you to marvel at and photograph these lovely colorful butterflies.
What a hoot! The butterflies love bright colors, so feel free to wear them! They will gladly land on you! You’ll chuckle with delight!
It’s a blast!
Here’s my #Haiku to kick off National Poetry Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo) and Global Poetry Writing Month (#glopowrimo):
Haiku: Sweet Butterflies
Quick, vividly colorful
They might land on you
If so, they invite your grin
Oh…another important note (per the ambassadors): No touching the butterflies or taking them out of the area with you!
These sweet creatures are endangered, so there will be several ‘exit stations’ where the Safari Park Ambassadors will have you “turn around’ and ‘shake it out’ to ensure that no butterflies are resting on your clothes, backpacks, hats, etc!
It’s all worth it though! Although there was an elusive few that flew so quickly that by the time I had my camera ready they were gone!
I am looking forward to going again soon! Hurry, the exhibit closes on April 15th!
Check out these photos and feel free to click on each one for more detail!