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Sacred Heart Hosts Its First Brass Fest

Headliner Burgstaller Teaches Master Class

Sacred Heart University’s Faculty Brass presented an all-day Brass Fest on April 24 at the Fairfield campus’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts.

The Faculty Brass performed during the festival, along with a number of special guests including solo trumpeter Joe Burgstaller of the Peabody Institute, solo horn player David Jolley of the Manhattan School of Music, the Nautilus Brass Quintet and Haitian trumpeter Carlot Dorve.

“The Faculty Brass was started two or three years ago to present a professional-level ensemble for students to work alongside at the University, and the festival is a natural progression of that idea,” says Walker Beard, trumpet professor at SHU and stage manager and program coordinator at Music and the Arts at Trinity Wall Street in New York City. “We’re eager to expose Sacred Heart students, and all students in the community, to top-tier music performances and educational opportunities, and this festival had both.”

The event gave people an opportunity to come and see Sacred Heart and hear some really good music, Beard says. Moreover, students had easy accessibility to “some really amazing artists giving classes and performing.”

Burgstaller and Jolley, faculty members at their respective institutions, presented master classes during the festival. Dorve—an alumnus of the BLUME Haiti project, which brings instruments and music education to underserved populations in the Caribbean nation—delivered a recital with the Nautilus Brass and a talk on various aspects of entrepreneurship for young and emerging artists.

Donations from the festival benefitted BLUME Haiti.

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