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Chamber Music Competition

C Street Brass Competition Winner

C Street Brass was founded in 2007 and appointed Ensemble-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in fall 2012. With their unified sound and dynamic stage presence, the group has quickly established itself as a leading brass ensemble. C Street Brass' vast repertoire is drawn from the standards of brass quintet literature, contemporary classical and electronica music, arrangements and transcriptions. In an effort to expand and advance brass quintet repertoire, C Street Brass has commissioned several pieces. Most recently the group commissioned the work, “Wobbity” from composer and producer Jake Bernsten. This piece represents a marriage between modern electronica and the brass quintet. In 2010, C Street Brass commissioned the work, "Two Pieces for Brass Quintet and Organ" by the composer David Conte and gave its premiere with organ icon and scholar, Donald Sutherland.

In March 2013, C Street Brass traveled to perform and tour as ambassadors for Carnegie Mellon University in Doha, Qatar. In summer 2012, C Street Brass was the resident chamber ensemble for the Traveling Notes Music Festival and concertized extensively in Tbilisi, Georgia. This past fall 2012, C Street Brass was featured as the guest solo ensemble with the Peabody Wind Ensemble. The ensemble regularly makes appearances on a variety chamber music concert series including: Music at Penn Alps, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and Church of the Little Flower. Additionally, they have established their own concert series at Carnegie Mellon University. Shows on this series, “Music, C Street Brass,” mix a survey of standard brass quintet literature with innovations in the genre. C Street Brass has also made appearances on Pittsburgh’s classical radio station, WQED Classical Radio and news station, KDKA-TV. The first commercial recording of C Street Brass is underway and will release this spring.

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