The Back to School Tune Up with the Pros was founded by a group of long-time friends connected through their love of music, food, a good joke and of course the tuba. Though regularly separated and working in cities all over the US, we had a desire to connect and serve the low brass community together from our own perspectives and experiences.
We are a collective of educators and performers who have worked tirelessly to reach the highest levels of our craft, and we want to offer what we’ve learned along the way with YOU. Our scope and depth of musical and professional experience is vast and we can’t wait to share our wide array of expertise.
Designed to encourage good playing habits and musical thinking to get you in tip-top shape for a new school year, The Back to School Tune Up with the Pros is perfect for high school and college students, ages 16-28. Each day will feature a group warm up session, a morning fundamentals masterclass, an afternoon repertoire masterclass, and an evening hang/chat.
The evening hang/chat/Q&A sessions are meant for personal growth, both musically and on a deeper personal level, and will cover topics like: the life of a professional orchestral tuba player, audition preparation, living and working as a freelance musician, professional and personal recording sessions, instrument design, pedagogy, social justice in music, the business side of the music industry and much more.
Private lessons are available as part of a Full Session package for tuba, or as part of the Boreas Only package for euphonium.
Learn how to build a solid warm-up, work on your fundamentals, and train in masterclasses with all of the pros. Each pro will have two hours available for private lessons and the day will conclude with a panel discussion, giving you the opportunity to talk with the pros directly.
Schedule order and timings subject to change prior to July 27th, 2020.
Sixty minute lessons with each Orchestra Pro and member of the Boreas Quartet are available as part of a session package.
Tuba students may sign up for the full session, the full session with one 60 minute lesson, or the full session with two 60 minute lessons. Each teacher has a limited number of lesson slots which will be made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis. In the registration form, students are asked for their top three choices out of the eight tuba teachers. Should the first choice not be available, you will receive your second choice. Students signing up for two lessons will receive their lessons with the same priority.
Euphonium students may sign up for events including the Boreas Quartet and have the option to add on a lesson with Matthew Mireles or Koyhei Ando. Euphonium students may also sign up for any of the full sessions as desired.
Japanese students may also sign up for the Boreas Quartet events only, or sign up for the Boreas Quartet events plus one 60 minute lesson. If desired, Japanese students may also sign up for any of the full tuba sessions. Most sessions will be during a very late hour in Japan, so it may be difficult to participate live. However, recordings of all classes will be sent to any Japanese students who sign up and will be valid for at least two weeks.
Back to School Tune-Up with the Pros wishes to increase inclusivity in the classical music industry. Our orchestras, chamber ensembles and other groups should reflect the communities we serve. To that end, we are offering four tuba fellowships to students of Black, Asian, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and Latinx descent. Each successful applicant will be admitted for one Tuba Full Session for no charge.
1. Press the button to fill out the Google form at the link below.
2. In the Google form, select the option indicating you are applying for the Pro Tuba Fellowship. If you indicate you are applying for a fellowship, you do not need to pay immediately.
3. Write an essay. The essay may contain anything you wish, however some ideas may include describing your background, how this fellowship would benefit you, and what you would like to do as a professional musician.
4. Send the essay to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 EDT on July 13th, 2020.
5. The essays will be reviewed by the faculty. You will be notified about your status by July 20th, 2020.
6. If you are accepted, great! See you on August 3rd. If you are not accepted, you will be given the option to participate in the week as a paid participant. You will retain your place in line from when you originally sent in your Google form.
The deadline to apply has now passed. Good luck to all the applicants!
Includes full session plus two 60 minute lessons with tuba pros (first-come, first served)
Includes full session plus one 60 minute lessons with a tuba pro (first-come, first served)
Covers the week of warm-up classes, observation of masterclasses, and participation in evening chat / hang, plus a guaranteed slot in one 20 minute masterclass.
Includes access to all Boreas Quartet events plus one lesson with a euphonium pro
Includes access to all Boreas Quartet events
Includes access to all Boreas Quartet events plus one lesson with a tuba or euphonium pro.
Includes access to all Boreas Quartet events
This will take you to PayPal to pay for the session you've selected. You must complete both the Google form and payment via PayPal to be considered registered.
Remember, tuba participants are limited to 32 on a first-come, first-served basis. If 32 participants have already been accepted, you will be added to a waitlist and your payment refunded. If space opens up, you will be given the option to pay and be confirmed as a participant.
All confirmed participants have the option to cancel and receive a full refund up to 11:59 EDT on July 27th, 2020. No refunds will be made available after that time.
Yes, the sessions will be recorded for viewing exclusively by registered participants in the camp. A signed waiver of liability will be required of everyone participating so that the sessions can be recorded.
We will be covering a range of topics, from orchestral performance, to auditions, to recording. In addition, we plan to offer classes on topics such as improvisation and surviving as a musician in the COVID-19 era. We hope to offer a diverse and stimulating array of topics for all participants.
Yes, this option will be made available after you register.
We will be using Zoom (our own professional account) for the classes and Slack for any immediate needs to be addressed over chat.
It is best if you are available for the entire schedule, each day of the boot camp so you can get the full experience of the live camp! However, if you are unable to attend your lesson at the assigned time, you may be able to make alternative arrangements with your selected teacher.
If you have an emergency or an illness that makes impossible to have a lesson, please let our Slack moderator know before the lesson is scheduled to begin. You will be contacted by the teacher with whom you were to have the lesson to reschedule at a later time. The original rate will be honored.