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College of Visual and Performing Arts


Brass Festival

Saturday, March 2, 2013 2013 Winthrop University Brass Festival Flyer (pdf - 1.86 MB)

The day will be filled with concerts and master classes by:

  • Internationally renowned brass artist, Patrick Harbison, Professor of Jazz Studies, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Tom Burge, Trombonist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
  • Daniel Mendelow, former Principal Trumpet, Sydney Symphony
  • Susan Welty, Associate Principal Horn, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
  • Mike Forbes, Tubist and member of the Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet

Brass Festival - Instrument

Events begin at 10:00 AM. All events are held in the Winthrop University Department of Music except for the evening concert by Pat Harbison and the Winthrop Jazz Faculty which will be help in the DiGorgio Center.

Schedule of Activities

  • 9:00 am - Guest sign in
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Tom Burge 
  • 11:00 am - Masterclasses: Susan Welty / Michael Forbes / Pat Harbison
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Dan Mendelow - Barnes Rectial Hall
  • 2:00 pm - Masterclasses: Tom Burge / Daniel Mendelow
  • 3:00 pm - Tuba Recital Mike Forbes - Barnes-Recital Hall
  • 4:15 pm - Horn Recital- Susan Welty - Barnes Recital Hall
  • 5:00 pm - Panel discussion-Byrnes Auditorium Stage
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner
  • 7:30 pm - concert Pat Harbison - The Edge

In additon to the concerts and masterclasses, the Vincent Bach Corporation, Musical Innovations, and Thompson Editions will be on hand with music and instruments for sale and perusal.

Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

For more information please see us on the web at

Brass Festival BurgeTom Burge is the second trombonist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he hosts the radio show “Sunday Evening” on classical public radio station WDAV. He is also a guest morning, midday and evening presenter on 99.5 WGBH in Boston.

Burge has performed with most of the Australian Symphony Orchestras and a few American ones as well, most notably the New York Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Charleston, Augusta, and Jacksonville before settling in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He was the previous Chair of the Brass Department at the Canberra School of Music in the Australian National University for many years. He has given master classes, clinics, and recitals in Japan, Australia, the United States, and Europe. His students perform as soloists and in orchestras in Australia and the United States.

Burge gave the Australian premiere of Eric Ewazen’s trombone concerto ‘Visions of Light’, and was a guest soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop held in Washington DC in 2012 where he performed Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Trombone with his friend Eric Ewazen at the piano. At the same festival he was also a guest performer with the Washington Trombone Ensemble.

Recently, Burge was a guest clinician and soloist at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, and at UNCSA in Winston Salem.

Burge has conducted many award winning ensembles, orchestras, symphonic bands, and choirs. He received a Queens Trust award and was awarded the title of “Australian Trombone Champion” in Tasmania in 2004, then defended the title successfully in Adelaide in 2005. He has received numerous scholarships and fellowships over the years and has honestly lost track of them all.

Brass Festival - MikeAn artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes is “…an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He has set forth on a career encompassing all aspects of performing, teaching, composing, and conducting. He can be heard on his solo album, Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) where he features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier.

Currently, Dr. Forbes teaches Music Theory, Composition and Low Brass at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has previously served on the music faculties at a number of other institutions and was a tubist with the U.S. Army Band, "Pershing’s Own." As the bottom tubist with the Sotto Voce Quartet, Forbes enjoys performing and recording exhilarating chamber music with his colleagues in America’s premiere tuba/euphonium quartet. This world-class ensemble enjoys an international touring schedule and has released a number of recordings also on Summit Records which feature Forbes’s many compositions and arrangements for the genre.

In addition to those works, Forbes currently serves as the low brass writer for Kendor Music and as a Carl Fischer Composer specializing in creating new works for middle and high school bands and orchestras. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his published works and his Festival Fanfare recently won the 2010 Dallas Wind Symphony brass fanfare composition competition.

As the founder of the Isthmus Brass, Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble, Forbes regularly performs throughout the Midwest on both the tuba and the bass trombone. He also has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony, Rockford Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and as the principal tubist with the Aspen, Chautauqua, and Hot Springs music festival orchestras. Dr. Forbes studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Maryland, and during his junior year at Penn State he took an exchange to Manchester, England where he continued his studies the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Mike Forbes is a Miraphone Performing Artist.

Brass Festival - HarbisonPat Harbison is Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where he joined the faculty in 1997. At IU he teaches jazz improvisation, jazz history and directs the jazz combo program. He has been on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops since 1976. He travels internationally as a jazz trumpet artist and educator and has performed at jazz concerts and festivals and taught around the world. From 1984-97 he taught Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Born and raised in New Albany, Indiana, Pat fell in love with jazz under the influence of his mentor, Jamey Aebersold. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, where he studied trumpet with Leon Rapier. After free-lancing in New York City for a time (and lessons with Carmine Caruso), he returned to his native Indiana to study jazz with David Baker and trumpet with William Adam while earning an M.M. at IU.

Pat currently performs with The Jazz Trumpet Project (with fellow Bach trumpet artists Alex Yates and Jim Ketch), the Pat Harbison Quartet, Rhythmico (with guitarist Corey Christiansen, bassist Jeremy Allen, drummer Steve Houghton and percussionist Michael Spiro), the Jamey Aebersold Quintet, and the Steve Allee Big Band. He has released four compact discs as leader or co-leader.

Along with colleague Alexa Yates, Harbison created 21st Century Trumpet, a forward thinking project that encompasses concert performances, clinics, workshops, and online resources for trumpet students, comeback players and professionals. The mission is to encourage new approaches to effective learning and expand concepts of musicianship and creativity.

His books, including Trumpetology, Technical Studies for the Modern Trumpet and Twenty Authentic Bebop Solos, are used by trumpeters around the world and are published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz. Pat Harbison plays Vincent Bach trumpets.

Brass Festival - DanDaniel Mendelow, the Sydney Symphony Orchestras former Principal Trumpet has long established a reputation as one of Australias finest brass performers and teachers.

Born in New York in 1954, he spent his early years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and began his piano studies at the age of ten. His interest in music and orchestral performance in particular, was sparked quite early when he became the youngest members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra at age thirteen, having studied the trumpet with Frank Ostrowski of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Daniel went on to further his studies at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, with Gene Young and Louis Davidson, graduating with Honours in 1976. That same year, he was awarded a Fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood Festival which enabled him to continue his studies with such notables as Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin.

Later that same year, Daniel was offered the position of Principal Trumpet with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. After one season with the JSO he was invited by Zubin Mehta to join the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra which toured Australia in 1978. It was during that tour that Daniel was offered the position of Principal Trumpet with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the position which he recently retired from nearly thirty-four years later.

Since being with the Sydney Symphony, Daniel has become a most sought-after soloist making guest appearances with ensembles and most orchestras throughout Australia. He has appeared as guest Principal Trumpet with the Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and as a featured soloist at the Australian Chamber Music Festival in Townsville. He has also made guest appearances with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Mendelow has been Lecturer in Trumpet at the ANU School of Music in Canberra from 1991 to 2010, and has seen many of his students attain professional success in Australia as well as throughout the world. In fact, all the current members of the Sydney Symphony\'s trumpet section have all been his students throughout the years!

He has been a guest Lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong, as well as having given successful Master Classes in Germany and the USA, at Cleveland Institute Of Music and his former school, Oberlin Conservatory. Daniel has been praised on numerous occasions by visiting conductors as well as SSO Music Directors past and present for his "big, open sparkling sound, lifting the entire orchestra, leading and driving the brass section".

Daniel now resides part of the year in Sarasota, Florida, where he is Trumpeter in Residence with the Church of the Redeemer, as well as taking part in chamber music and performing recitals in the area. He also participated as a soloist and panel judge in the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, GA, and recently held Clinics for Bach at Vandercook and Northwestern Universities in Chicago.

Brass Festival - SWThe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Associate Principal Hornist, Susan Welty joined the orchestra in 1988. A native of Illinois, she graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in music performance. While studying there, she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Her teachers include Dale Clevenger, Norman Schweikert, and Richard Oldberg, all of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Welty has been a featured guest artist at the International Horn Workshop and has performed at the Amelia Island (Florida) and Bellingham (Washington) Music Festivals. In addition to her duties with the ASO, she frequently appears as a soloist with local orchestras, as well as performing with chamber ensembles in the Atlanta area.