Spectrum Brass Seminar


We strive to provide the most unique collegiate chamber music experience in the country, featuring a 2:1 student-faculty ratio, a focus on brass quintet repertoire, and an opportunity to develop your musical leadership skills.

Do you love to perform chamber music at a high level? Do you want to propel your musical skills towards a professional career? Do you hunger for inside information about forming and running a brass quintet?

The Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Music Festival will provide all of that and much more! Located in one of North America's most spectacular settings, the Spectrum Seminar provides unparalleled opportunities to learn, perform, and collaborate while soaking in the sandy beaches and historical beauty of Northern Michigan.

This exciting collaboration pairs the groundbreaking Spectrum Brass with the oldest music festival in the United States. The Bay View Music Festival is part of a Chautauqua community and features a variety of professional and student performances throughout the summer in addition to classes, lessons, coaching, and much more.

  • SESSION 1: Arrive Saturday, June 16; Depart Monday, July 16, 2018
  • SESSION 2: Arrive Monday, July 16; Depart Monday, August 13, 2018
  • FULL 8-WEEK SESSION: Arrive Saturday, June 16; Depart Monday, August 13, 2018

A Typical Day in an Atypical Place

The Bay View environment mirrors life as a professional freelance musician, offering a balance of coaching, rehearsal, practice, and free time. As an example, a typical day might look like this:

  • Private lesson
  • Quintet rehearsal
  • Class on resume development
  • Lunch
  • Quintet coaching with faculty
  • Break - go to the beach
  • Chamber brass rehearsal
  • Dinner
  • Opera pit orchestra rehearsal
  • Free time

Tuition and Scholarship

When you consider the cost of college tuition, room, and board, Bay View's price is an enormous value, but work-study, merit and need-based scholarship, and other opportunities are an incredible value. Once you arrive on campus, there is no need for a car, as the practice building, 1,100-seat auditorium, 200-seat theatre, dorm, faculty studios and the grandeur of Lake Michigan are all within a short walk. [Read more...]

Program Site

Contact Us

For general questions about the program, please contact Artistic Director Chris Ludwa at (231) 225-8877 or chris@bayviewassociation.org. If you have specific questions about this seminar, please contact Brian Buerkle at brianbuerkle.sbq@gmail.com.

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225