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Brass and Woodwind Days






UofS Department of Music is hosting a Brass and Woodwind Days weekend on our campus September 30 - October 2, 2011 (inclusive) featuring acclaimed Canadian French Hornist Jeff Nelsen and many of our departmental brass and woodwind applied and full time faculty.

What is the UofS Brass and Woodwind days? The UofS Brass and Woodwind days builds on the past success of our UofS Brass Days events. Sponsored by the UofS Department of Music, Yamaha Canada, St. John's Music, UofS College of Arts and Science Vice Dean Dr. David Parkinson, Saskatchewan Band Association, Sask Lotteries, and Sask Culture, the UofS Brass and Woodwind Days events are collectively designed to inspire our faculty, students, and community members alike; they are meant to promote excellence in musical brass and woodwind performance at all levels, to share information, to create community and culture, and, to share the gift of our musical offerings with one another and with the community.

Guest Artist: Presenting a major international guest artist to work with and inspire us all has been a hallmark of past UofS Brass Days events. This year we are delighted to present acclaimed Canadian french horn player Professor Jeff Nelsen.

Professor Nelsen's bio may be viewed at:

An example of his performance work with the Canadian Brass brass quintet can be viewed at:

One of Jeff's TED 'Fearless' talks can be viewed at:


UofS Brass and Woodwind days schedule includes:

1) Performing as a guest soloist with the UofS Wind Orchestra. This concert will feature our UofS Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Darrin Oehlerking and our UofS Greystone Singers under the direction of Dr. Gerald Langner.
Details: Friday September 30, 2011, Quance Theatre, Education Building, UofS Campus, 7:30 PM, free admission for all UofS students (silver collection for community members)

2) Jeff will give a series of private lessons at a cost of $120/hour. If anyone wishes to take a lesson, please contact Dean McNeill at to set this up.

3) Jeff will give a 'Fearless' talk (i.e. maximizing performance on the concert stage and in life). This talk is free admission to everyone.
Details: Friday September 30, 2011, Quance Theatre, UofS Education Building, 12:30-1:30 PM. We expect a large turn out for this event and seating is somewhat limited so please arrive a bit early if you want a good seat.

4) Master class by Jeff Nelsen. Free admission/free for those wishing to play for Jeff Nelsen. Please contact Dean McNeill at if you wish to play in this master class (horn players and non horn players alike).
Details: 1:00 PM Saturday October 1, 2011, Quance Theatre.

5) Following Professor Nelsen's talk, many of our applied brass and woodwind faculty at the UofS will give free instrument-specific master classes. These sessions will take place at 2:30 PM on Saturday October 1, 2011, Quance Theatre. Bring your instrument.

5) UofS Brass and Woodwind Days Final Concert featuring *Margaret Wilson (solo clarinet), *Randi Nelsen, Dr. Glen Gillis, Dr. Darrin Oehlerking, *Terry Heckman, Gillian Lyons, *Dean McNeill, *Marie Sellar, *Erin Brophey, *Don Schmidt, *Dawn McLean Belyk, *Arlene Shiplett, the UofS trumpet choir, a community horn choir, and, of course, Professor Jeff Nelsen. Performance by solo horn (Nelsen), solo clarinet (Wilson), faculty brass quintet/sextet, and, faculty woodwind sextet will all be featured in this concert.  
Details: SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2011, 8:00 PM start time (not 7:30 PM!!!), Convocation Hall, UofS Campus. $5.00 for students, $10.00 adults.
* members of our Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

Please forward questions to UofS Brass and Woodwind Days Coordinator Dean McNeill.

Thank you.

Dean McNeill
Full Professor
Department of Music
University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 0X1
Work: 306-966-6169
Cell: 306-260-8543
Fax: 306-966-6181
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