HBS Early Brass Festival 2015 Information

Call for Papers

The HBS is accepting lecture proposals for the HBS  Early Brass Festival, Oberlin College, July 10-12, 2015. Papers on any brass topics, broadly defined, will be considered. Please send proposals (in the form of an abstract) to president@historicbrass.org by June 10, 2015.

Housing and Registration (different this year!)
EBF registration, dorm room charges, and meal plan charges need to be made in advance. All checks should be payable to: Historic Brass Society and sent to: HBS, 148 West 23rd Street #5F, New York, NY 10011 USA.

Dorm rooms in the Harvey/Kade Halls are $32 per night. Note, No A/C, lines included. Fan rental available for the weekend, $10 deposit ($5 return upon return of fan).
Meal Plan: Breakfast $6.90; Lunch  $9.40; Dinner  $11:55.

EBF Registration for paid HBS members: $40
HBS Membership $35

Call for Papers: European Music Archaeology Project

The Historic Brass Society has been invited to give three sessions on Friday, November 13, 2015,  the penultimate day of a four day conference in Viterbo, Italy. The conference more generally is the finale of a European wide project in the Ancient Brass Project segment of EMAP a project devoted to musical archaeology. Further on the conference see: http://www.emaproject.eu/

It may be helpful to think of the HBS sessions as a colloquium within the conference that is both complementary to and integrated with it. Proposals for presentations should address one or both of two broad topics: 1) Brass musical instruments in antiquity. 2) Transitions and interpretations of brass instruments between antiquity and post-antiquity eras. These may include apparent references to instruments between antiquity and the middle ages and renaissance, and the interpretations of brass instruments of antiquity in later times.These themes may be interpreted freely and approached from the perspective of iconography, organology or any other branch of musical and cultural history. The term "brass instruments" should be taken to mean lip vibrated instrument.

Proposals should be of no more than 300 words in length. They should contain a brief outline of content and the perspective/s from which it will be addressed (iconography, historical musicology, organology etc). The proposals should be for a paper of 20 or 30 minutes (excluding discussions) and the length of paper that is proposed should be mentioned in the proposal.

Proposals should be sent to president@historicbrass.org  to arrive no later than June 16 2015. The conclusions of the program committee will be communicated by 1 July 2015. Presenters will have the conference fees waived for the entire four day conference.

Natural Trumpet Class in Switzerland, August 2015

3/24 - Mike Diprose will be leading a "risk free" natural trumpet class (no vent holes) in Switzerland this August. Details are available by following this link.

2015 Monk Awardee - Wim Becu


3/10 - The HBS is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Christopher Monk Award is to be the trombonist Wim Becu. The selection committee recognized the contribution that Becu has made to further the aims of the Society though his period instrument performances and recordings in a wide range of repertoires. More information about Wim Becu’s work can be found at http://www.concertopalatino.com/Wim_Becu.html and


The Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics

2/22 - The upcoming 3rd Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics, an international symposium organised by the Institute of Music Acoustics (Wiener Klangstil) in association with the TCMA of the EAA and co-sponsored by ICA, ASA, ESCOM, HBS and AMIS, is fast approaching. The meeting will take place from 16–19 September 2015 on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of our institute at the downtown campus of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria.

We want to address scientists, researchers, musicians, makers, and conservators of musical instruments. The idea, “Bridging the Gaps”, means to focus on the dialogue between the aforementioned groups. Scientists will be encouraged to present their papers in a generally understandable way, and instrument makers and musicians will be able to communicate their observations, hypotheses and problems to an interested scientific audience. This way, research might be directed towards new questions, while manufacturers, musicians, instrument conservators and collectors will have the opportunity to find answers and get access to new methods and tools.

Those interested in submitting a paper or session proposal should follow the instructions posted on the conference website: http://viennatalk2015.mdw.ac.at/?page_id=5000. The deadline for submissions is March 1. 2/25: the deadlines have been extended given that the original one provided too short a notice. The new deadlines are: Full papers (4-8 pages) intended for peer-review by March 22, 300-word abstracts by April 12th, and session proposals by April 12.

Indiana Sackbut Workshop

2/16 - The third Indiana Sackbut Workshop will take place from Thursday, April 23rd - Monday, April 27th at Waycross Conference Center in Morgantown, IN. The theme this year, continued from the fall, is 16th- and early 17th-century music from the Iberian Peninsula. Sessions will focus on sackbut technique and repertoire, discussions on performance practice and small and large ensemble playing sessions (combined with participants of the early double reed workshop happening concurrently). There will be no specific solo repertoire this time around. Instead, we will be focusing more on the application of ornaments to actual music, taking a closer look at why, when and where we ornament.

Click here for more information. If you have any specific questions about workshop, please feel free to contact Adam Bregman (adam.bregman@gmail.com) or Juan Carlos Arango (earlymusicinmotion@gmail.com).

New Louis Armstrong Documents

12/26 - A brief news item by William Grimes in the December 24, 2014 edition of the New York Times reveals some important information about the great trumpeter's youth. It is well known that young Armstrong was placed in the Colored Waif's Home in 1913 but the report of the incident that placed him there in the New Orleans Times-Democrat of January 2, 1913 described Armstrong as "an old offender" a description that has caused researchers confusion for years. Information known since 1980 but only now fully explored has shown that through daily census records kept by the home that Louis Armstrong was sent to the home previously in 1910. Also, a previously unknown news item about the brass band at the home lists Armstrong as the band's leader. 

New Ophicleide Repertoire Website

12/9 - Nicolas Indermuehle is pleased to announce a new website dedicated to the ophicleide repertoire: ophi.referata.com. The site includes a searchable database of composers and works as well as links to libraries and archival materials.

2015 UK Natural Trumpet Building Course

12/9 - The 2015 Annual Trumpet Making Course with Robert Barclay, Michael Munkwitz & Richard Seraphinoff will run from Monday-Friday June 22-26 in Cambridge, England. Information and registration can be found at: http://cambridgewoodwindmakers.org/info/courses/trumpet-making+102.html. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as the course typically fills up quickly.


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