The Rafael Méndez Brass Institute takes
place this year at the College of Music, University of Colorado
at Boulder, USA, June 8-14.
The Institute, named to honor the legendary Mexican
born trumpeter, composer and educator, was founded in 1986, known
originally as the Keystone Brass Institute. Throughout its history,
the now annual Institute has taken place at some of the leading
music schools in the US, including Arizona State University and
the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. The
Institute is now considered to be the foremost annual performance
and career development seminar for aspiring brass musicians.
Participants include advanced high school students,
college music majors, young professionals, and serious amateurs
of all ages. A wide variety of performance outlets are offered during
the week including large and small ensemble experiences, daily masterclass
participation, orchestral reading sessions, mock auditions and others,
all taught by members of Summit Brass and College of Music faculty.
A distinctive feature of the Institute is its emphasis on career
development. Daily seminars will be devoted to unique topics of
concern for developing brass musicians.
The 2003 Institute website is at http://spot.colorado.edu/~stanleyw/RMBI.htm
and contains full program and faculty details, registration forms,
and local information.
RMBI press release and website