a meeting at which a group of people engage in intensive discussion and activity on a particular subject or project.

present a performance, using intensive group discussion and improvisation in order to explore aspects of the production before formal staging.


Masterclass w/ Christopher Smith, trumpet
Sunday, January 28 @ 4:30 PM
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

Free and open to the public

Observers and participants welcome! Instruments optional for all brass players. Participation will be determined based on time and interest.

Christopher Smith is the 4th /Utility Trumpet with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM). For the 2017-2018 season, he is splitting his time between the OSM, where he is currently the acting Associate Principal Trumpet, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, where he is playing Principal Trumpet. He has also served as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Seattle Symphony, and 2 nd Trumpet with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Prior to joining the OSM in 2008, he spent eight years in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, where he performed for the President of the United States and other heads of state at the White House. Christopher recently played Principal Trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony; lead trumpet with MIKA; and has performed with Pink Martini. He has taught at McGill University and led master classes throughout North and South America. His principal teachers include James Thompson at Eastman School of Music and Scott Thornburg at Western Michigan University.



Masterclass w/ Mark Salman, piano
Saturday, February 3 @ 6:45 PM & Friday, May 11 @ 5:30 PM
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

Free and open to the public

Mr. Salman's performances have taken him to Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and has been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts in the U.S. and in China. His account of his meetings with and playing for Vladimir Horowitz appears in David Dubal's book, Evenings with Horowitz. Mr. Salman is a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which recently completed its fourteenth season. Recent performances have included his debut at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt, and three recitals featuring Schubert's final three sonatas this past season. He also recently performed a complete cycle of Beethoven's five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy this October with Orchestra Seattle. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist.

Mr. Salman is a native of Connecticut, where he began his studies at the age of eight and made his recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he studied with Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. He previously attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years, where he concentrated on chamber music and composition, studying with the noted composer, John Harbison.

Breathing for Performance and Practice with Henry Lu, PT
Sunday, April 29
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

Free and open to the public

Henry will talk about vision and breathing techniques for relaxed performances.  Instrumentalists besides pianists are welcome too; he has some interesting insights into vision with asymmetrical instruments, and of course breathing and posture are issues for everyone. 

Henry will tailor his presentations to varying ages and levels (1:00 PM Elementary, 2:00 PM Intermediate, and 3:00 PM Advanced)




Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop
July 9 - 14, 2018

Seattle Pacific University

The Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop is an intense week of learning and music making with a diverse group of interesting, friendly people. Coaching/rehearsal sessions with specific music assignments are an integral part of the daytime schedule. Participant musicales are presented in an informal, supportive environment. 

A low faculty/participant ratio, limited enrollment, and assignments with varied personnel and instrumentation assure a week of special experiences and warm camaraderie. Our coaches are professionals with a strong chamber music background and a love for teaching.

Check back in 2018 for registration details!


Yamaha Artist Allen Vizzutti giving a masterclass at the 2017 Yamaha Intensive Brass workshop.