After their amazing (and hilarious) performance at Libby Gardner Hall on Oct 18, Mnozil Brass spent the following day holding workshops for music students from both the U’s School of Music and from area high schools.
Individual coaching was available both to University of Utah Students and local High School students, with input and advice on technique, phrasing and expressiveness. Several students were advised to sing their music before playing, to concentrate on the melody and the story the music is telling to the audience. Some students were even asked to act out the melody, being told to act like elves and other magical creatures (much to the students’ chagrin and everyone else’s pleasure). Mnozil brought their witty Austrian humor to pass on their creative story telling to another generation of brass players.
The Mnozil musicians also provided coaching for chamber groups, including a trombone quartet from the University of Utah and President’s Circle Brass, comprised of high school brass musicians from several area high schools, including Park City, Bountiful, Riverton, Maple Mountain and American Fork. Mnozil musicians worked on unifying these chamber groups both in interpretation and in pitch.
President’s Circle Brass, led by the School of Music’s Dr. Seretta Hart, performed several pieces as a opening act to Mnozil’s public performance, perfectly setting the mood for Mnozil’s dynamic performance.