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2023 Guest Artist


We are excited to welcome Brian Wendel

to the Summit in 2023 as our Guest Artist!

Brian Wendel joined the Cleveland Orchestra as Principal Trombone in August of 2022, appointed by Franz Welser- Möst. Brian previously served as Principal Trombone of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) for five seasons, beginning in 2017. Enjoying the thrill of solo performances and competitions, he has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver and Prince George Symphonies, Denver University Brass Ensemble, and the Juilliard Trombone Choir, and was winner of the Music International Grand Prix—Winds and Brass category (2021), Online Trombone Competition (2020), Alessi Seminar Asia Competition (2018) and two International Trombone Association competitions (2014 and 2016). He has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York Philharmonic Brass Ensemble. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School under the mentorship of Joseph Alessi. To learn more about Brian, visit his website at


How to Attend

Participant Class 

Work closely and personally with SFTS Faculty in masterclasses, quartet and section coachings and sit-ins, attend a guest lecture on performance anxiety, and perform on the final concert in the SFTS Trombone Choir


Honors Class 

Play for our Guest Artist in their masterclass and chamber coaching on top of your experience as a Participant

For our 2023 Summit, we are not currently offering an Auditor class.

For Audition Materials, please click HERE


Panel Discussions
Casual conversations with the pros about topics ranging from auditions to commissioning new works.


Warmup Classes
Discover the Warm-ups and Daily Routines each of our Faculty use to sound their best every day


Daily Masterclasses
Participants play for and learn from our Faculty and Guest Artists in 2 masterclasses each

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