South Texas Brass Symposium

South Texas Brass Symposium

2019-2020 South Texas Brass Symposium
November 15-16, 2019

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

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, November 15

    7:30pm – Recital: Del Mar College Faculty Brass Trio and pianist Shao-Shan Chen, featuring the winning composition of the STBS Composition Competition, “Adagio and Allegro” by Bruce Stark

    Saturday, November 16

    10:00am – Masterclass with The Spanish Brass 
    12:00pm – Lunch Break 
    1:00pm – Student Ensembles Concert 
    2:30pm – Community Ensembles concert 
    7:30pm – Closing Concert – the Spanish Brass* 

    *Tickets to the Closing Concert must be purchased from the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society. $25 general admission; $5, ages 25 and under; free for Del Mar College Students.

  • Composition Competition

    We are pleased to announce the winning composition in the 2019-2020 Brass Composition Competition, “Adagio and Allegro” by Bruce Stark!

    This composition will be performed at the symposium on Friday, November 15 at 7:30pm by Karl Kemm (horn), Donald Pinson (trombone), and Shao-Shan Chen (piano).

    Call for Scores: Horn, Trombone, and Piano

    Description: The organizing committee of the South Texas Brass Symposium is seeking original, unpublished works for a trio (horn, trombone, and piano) to feature in a recital performance by Del Mar College faculty during the annual South Texas Brass Symposium on November 15-16, 2019. The winning composition will receive an opportunity for a premiere performance at the symposium and a live recording of the work.

    Eligibility: Open to anyone

    Submission Fee: None

    Instrumentation: Must be specifically scored for Horn in F, Tenor or Bass Trombone and Piano.

    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 in the email with your submission.

    Submission Requirements: Applications will be submitted via email to Dr. Donald Pinson at, no later than Friday, September 20th, 2019. 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.) 
    1. Recording in mp3 format (live recording or MIDI generated recording is acceptable). Please send as an attachment or direct download link (links to streaming services will not be accepted.) MIDI files will not be accepted; applicants must convert MIDI to mp3. 
    1. Applicant contact information and title of composition in email body. 
    1. Please label the subject line of your email as “STBS composition” 

    The winning submission will be notified by October 20th, 2019. 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.

  • Exhibitors

    South Texas Music Mart

    Snack station hosted by Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.

    Exhibits will be open on Saturday, November 16.

  • Registration, Directions and Parking

    We are pleased to offer onsite registration at no charge to all attendees of the 2019-2020 South Texas Brass Symposium. 

    The Saturday evening concert with the Spanish Brass is hosted by the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance online; $25 general admission; $5, ages 25 and under; free for Del Mar College students.

    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

Spanish Brass 

Spanish Brass members

In 1989 five Spanish musicians created Spanish Brass—an innovative project that quickly gained world renown for its performances, educational activities and creative collaborations. After they won the First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, trumpeter Bernard Soustrot said, “Of all the First Prize winners of the Narbonne Competition, the Spanish Brass is the best since the competition was founded in 1986.” 

In 2017 the group received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists. 

Spanish Brass has given hundreds of concerts across the globe, in such prestigious events and venues as the Great American Brass Band Festival, New York Brass Conference, Juilliard School of Music, Ithaca College, Festival de Musique de Radio-France, Granada International Festival, Lucerne Festival, Cheju Summer Festival (Korea), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), National Auditorium (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Kalavrita Festival (Greece), International Horn Society, Merano Brass Festival and Trento Philharmonic (Italy), Barcelona Auditorium, Festival de Inverno de Brasília, and countless others. 

With their versatile programming and state-of-the-art staging, SPANISH BRASS has created such shows as 25 years! (brass quintet), Metàl•licsandBrass Brass Brass(educational concerts), Brassiana (with jazz trio), Make a Brazz Noise Here (a tribute to Frank Zappa), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules (with pianist Albert Guinovart) and Metalls d’Estil (with singer Pep “Botifarra”). They have recorded 24 CDs, including two DVD-CD. 

Spanish Brass has been in the forefront of international music education, giving courses and master-classes with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Catalonia, Valencia, Andalucía and Madrid, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Trumpet Lounge (Japan), the Showa School for Performing Arts (Japan), Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, Venezuelan Youth Orchestra, Dartington International Summer School (England), International Winter Music Festival of Brasilia (Brazil), Ibero-American Cultural Festival (Puerto Rico), etc. 

Spanish Brass also runs two major brass festivals in Spain, the SBALZ Festival in Alzira ( and the Spanish BrasSurround ( 

A sampling of their international accolades includes: “They are one of the world´s finest brass quintets ranking up there with Empire Brass, Canadian Brass and American Brass” (Greg Alley); “One of the most exciting and artistic brass quintets to come on the scene in recent years … a gloriously brilliant performance” (International Trumpet Guild Journal); “They play with amazing cohesion, and set the highest standard for brass chamber music” (Maurice André, trumpeter); and “I cannot think of a better brass quintet in the whole world” (Christian Lindberg, trombonist). 

They are sponsored by Buffet Group and play with B&S trumpets, Hans Hoyer horn, Courtois trombone and Melton tuba. 

Spanish Brass is sponsored also by the Institut Valencià de Cultura and by the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.

Page last updated October 28, 2019.

Contact Information

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


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