South Texas Brass Symposium

South Texas Brass Symposium

2017-2018 South Texas Brass Symposium
March 2-3, 2018

The South Texas Brass Symposium was created in an effort to promote the performance, education and awareness of brass music in the South Texas region. Bringing world-class musicians and the area’s best professionals together at Del Mar College for masterclasses and performances will create unique learning opportunities for students, musicians and the general public. Please join us as we celebrate a rich and exciting repertoire of music for brass instruments.

  • Schedule

    Friday, March 2

    • 5:00pm: Del Mar College Student Brass Ensembles, Wolfe Recital Hall
      7:30pm: Corpus Christi Brass Quintet, Wolfe Recital Hall

    Saturday, March 3

    • 10:00am: Masterclasses with members of the American Brass Quintet
      12:30pm: Student Showcase Recital, Wolfe Recital Hall
      2:00pm: Panel Discussion, “Recording Brass Instruments”, Studio A Recording Studio, Del Mar College
      3:00pm: Faculty Showcase Recital, Wolfe Recital Hall
      4:30pm: Corpus Christi Horn and Trombone Societies Recital, Wolfe Recital Hall
      7:30pm: American Brass Quintet Recital, Wolfe Recital Hall

    More details about the schedule and events will be provided in the Program booklet upon arrival at the Symposium.

  • Composition Competition

    Call for Scores: Brass Quintet

    Description: The organizing committee of the South Texas Brass Symposium is seeking original, unpublished works for brass quintet to feature in a recital performance by the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet during the annual brass symposium on March 2-3, 2018. The winning composition will receive an opportunity for a premiere performance at the symposium by the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet and a live recording of the work.

    Eligibility: Open to anyone

    Submission Fee: None

    Instrumentation: Must be specifically scored for two B-flat Trumpets, F Horn, Tenor Trombone and Tuba.

    Composition Guidelines: We are looking for a piece of music of medium length, between 5-10 minutes, of musical worth and substance that will be attractive to audiences and performers alike. The work should be listenable, appeal to general audiences and be written in traditional notation for the specified instruments listed above. The piece should be original and unpublished, although it may have been previously performed. All submissions will be judged anonymously with a third-party organizing the materials. Please make sure your name and contact information is included with your submission.

    Submission Requirements: Applications will be submitted via email to Dr. Donald Pinson at, no later than Monday, December 4, 2017. Applications must include:

    1. Anonymous PDF score and parts. Please hide your name and any other identifying information (for example, in the dedication or program notes.)
    2. Recording in mp3 format (live recording or MIDI generated recording is acceptable). Please send as an attachment or direct download link. MIDI files will not be accepted; applicants must convert MIDI to mp3.
    3. Applicant contact information and title of composition in email body.
    4. Please label the subject line of your email as “STBS quintet”

    The winning submission will be notified by February 1st, 2018. Attendance at the Symposium is not required, but highly encouraged. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Dr. Pinson at the contact information above.

    All of the submissions were reviewed by the five members of the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet and the theory and composition faculty member at Del Mar College, Dr. Roger Petersen. After reviewing 95 submissions and playing through five finalists, we have decided to select two winners of our competition. 


    Brass Quintet No.1, by Stephen Ryan Jackson

    Commute, by Costas Dafnis

    The Corpus Christi Brass Quintet will perform these two winning compositions at the South Texas Brass Symposium on Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm. We also chose to award an “Honorable Mention” to Odd Rondo by Seb Skelly. While we won’t be performing this piece at the symposium, it also stood out to us and we wanted to award special recognition to the composer.

    We were overwhelmed with the interest in this year’s call for scores, and we were impressed with the high number of very deserving compositions. Thank you for helping to make this event a success, and congratulations to the winners!

  • Exhibitors

    On Saturday, March 3, we will have an exhibitor room available from 10am to 5pm in the Jazz Rehearsal Hall, Room 153. Be sure to check them out!

    South Texas Music Mart

    Locally owned and operated in Corpus Christi since 1973, we specialize in school band instruments and also carry a wide variety of instruments for the professional musician. We have a staff of experienced musicians and former band directors to answer any question you may have. Our inventory includes major brand names such as Selmer, Bach, Conn, King, Armstrong, Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, Takamine, Pearl and many others. We visit schools on a weekly basis to provide products, repairs, and advice your students and band directors may require.

    Music Mart will have a Jupiter display setup this year. Stop by their booth and give their instruments a try!

    Del Mar College

    The brothers from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Chi chapter will have a snack booth setup near the exhibitor room where you can purchase food and drinks. So stop by for a refreshment or just to say hello and talk about Del Mar College.

  • Registration, Directions and Parking

    To register for the South Texas Brass Symposium, download, print and mail the Registration Form. Payment for Symposium Registration and ABQ Tickets must be mailed in with your registration form by the Deadline of Friday, February 23, in order to guarantee a ticket to the Saturday night concert. Registration can also be done at the door, but we cannot guarantee a ticket to the Saturday Night ABQ concert for any registrations done the day of the event. Registration and Ticket pricing is below.

    Symposium Registration – Friday and Saturday, March 2-3
    High School Students and Del Mar College Students: Free
    Participating Faculty: Free
    Regular Registration: $10.00

    American Brass Quintet Tickets – Saturday, March 3rd, 7:30pm
    First 50 Student Tickets: Free
    Student Tickets (after the first 50): $10.00
    Adult Tickets: $25.00

    Additional tickets to the American Brass Quintet performance can be purchased directly from the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society.

    The South Texas Brass Symposium will be held in the Fine Arts: Music building on the East Campus of Del Mar College.

    Del Mar College 
    101 Baldwin Blvd. 
    Corpus Christi, TX 78404

    Map and Get Directions to the East Campus

    Parking around the music building is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Headlining Artists

The American Brass Quintet

The American Brass Quintet is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world. As 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field, ABQ's rich history includes performances in Asia, Australia, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and all fifty of the United States; a discography of nearly sixty recordings; and the premieres of over one hundred fifty contemporary brass works.

ABQ commissions by Robert Beaser, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Eric Ewazen, Anthony Plog, Huang Ruo, David Sampson, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Joan Tower, and Charles Whittenberg, among many others, are considered significant contributions to contemporary chamber music and the foundation of the modern brass quintet repertoire. The ABQ’s Emerging Composer Commissioning program has brought forth brass quintets by Gordon Beeferman, Jay Greenberg, Trevor Gureckis, and Shafer Mahoney. Among the quintet’s recordings are eleven CDs for Summit Records since 1992 including the ABQ’s 50th release State of the Art—The ABQ at 50 featuring recent works written for them.

Committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2000 the ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performance and training with a program of mini-residencies as part of its regular touring. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and a dozen foreign countries.

The New York Times recently wrote that “among North American brass ensembles none is more venerable than the American Brass Quintet,” while Newsweek has hailed the ensemble as “the high priests of brass” and American Record Guide has called the ABQ “of all the brass quintets, the most distinguished.” Through its acclaimed performances, diverse programming, commissioning, extensive discography and educational mission, the American Brass Quintet has created a legacy unparalleled in the brass field.

Participating Guest Artists

  • Dr. Scott Hagarty, trumpet, Del Mar College
  • Dr. Kyle Millsap, trumpet, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Dr. Mary Thornton, trumpet, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • Karl Kemm, Horn, Del Mar College
  • Dr. William Haugeberg, trombone, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley
  • Dr. Matthew Hightower, Tuba, Texas A&M University - Kingsville
  • Dr. Donald Pinson, trombone/low brass, Del Mar College
  • Corpus Christi Horn Society
  • Corpus Christi Trombone Society

Page last updated July 16, 2018.

Contact Information

Department of Music
(361) 698-1211
(361) 698-1620 (fax)


Fine Arts Center
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404