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What's new at the Summit?


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.



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

How to Attend
  • The Participant Class is open to 16-20 professionals and/or college students. As a Participant, you will work closely and personally with SFTS Faculty in masterclasses, quartet and section coachings and sit-ins, and perform on the final concert in the SFTS Trombone Choir. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. 

  • The Honors Quartet is comprised of the top 4 professionals and/or college students (3 tenors, 1 bass) who are accepted as members of the Participant Class. As a member of the Honors Quartet, you will have the opportunity to perform for our Guest Artist in their masterclass, work closely and personally with SFTS Faculty in additional masterclasses, quartet coachings, and side by side section sit-ins, and perform in the final concert as a quartet and in the SFTS Trombone Choir. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply. 

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

For Audition Materials, please click HERE