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May 26, 2020

TBJ138: Julie Landsman on being the first woman in the brass section of The Met, the teaching of Carmine Caruso and JFL. Legendary is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Sometimes, it is deserved. This is one of those times.

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In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Julie being on our initial “wish list” of guests
  • Working with both Sam and Mark Gould in a quintet
  • Trio with Dave Taylor and Gould
  • Played Principal horn for the Met for 25 years
  • Andrew Balio (née Anil) and the sheep
  • Getting into The Met in 1985
  • Working with a bunch of dudes
  • First woman in the brass section at The Met
  • Only a few of them welcomed her, most did not
  • Her only defense was to outplay them
  • Leading by example
  • Challenges growing up that helped shape her abilities, drive, and approach
  • Working to be heard and developing her own voice
  • Disaster at the banjo
  • Joe Greco was her band director and led her to the horn
  • Carmine Caruso was brought in to help out her band program which continued to cement her approach and drive
  • Howard Howard from The Met as another major influence
  • Hearing Denis Brain recordings
  • Caruso method, no-nonsense approach
  • Paralysis through analysis
  • The precision timing of movement
  • A platform for your musicality
  • The importance of repetition
  • JFL
  • Warburton Mouthpiece, JFL model is on the way
  • Missing playing with The Met (she left in 2010)
  • Taking a leave of absence when she turned 50
  • The Rule of 80
  • The experience of watching students succeed and perform with them
  • Pilkington playing injured 
  • Starting to teach at the University of Houston and Rice when she played with the Houston Symphony
  • Giving and getting with and from teaching
  • Asking for help and giving help when it is needed
  • Deciding at 13 to become Principal at The Met
  • Moving to California to teach at USC
  • Teaching on both coasts for two years before moving to Southern California permanently
  • Take a chance, follow a dream
  • Meeting Jens for the first time

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Julie's bio:

Principal horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 25 years, Julie Landsman is a distinguished performing artist and educator. She received a bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 1975 under the tutelage of James Chambers and Ranier De Intinis, and has served as a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1989.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Landsman achieved her dream of becoming principal of the MET in 1985 and held that position until 2010. She has also shared her talent to many other ensembles within the city as a current member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and having performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic. Additionally, she has performed with numerous groups outside the city, including her co-principal position with the Houston Symphony, substitute principal position with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and recent performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra as Associate principal horn, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal horn.

She has recorded for RCA, Deutsche Gramophone, CRI, Nonesuch and Vanguard labels, and is most famous for her performance of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle as solo horn with the MET Opera under the direction of James Levine. Landsman has performed as chamber musician at many festivals and concert series, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,  Orcas Island Chamber Music  Festival,  and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri Quartet. In the summers she performs and teaches at the Music Academy of the West , the Sarasota Music  Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.

World renowned as a master teacher, Julie Landsman holds faculty positions at The Juilliard School and Bard College Conservatory, and teaches frequently as a guest at the Curtis Institute. She has presented master classes at such distinguished institutions as The Colburn School, Curtis Institute, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Cal State Long Beach, Rowan University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Southern Mississippi, to name a few. She is also a visiting master teacher at the New World Symphony in Miami. Her international presence includes master classes in Norway, Sweden, and Israel.  In 2016 Landsman was an honored jury member at the ARD horn competition in Munich, Germany.

Her students hold positions in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Washington National Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the American Brass Quintet. She recently received the “Pioneer Award” from the International Women’s Brass Conference and was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Conference in 2012 and 2015.

Her recent series of Carmine Caruso lessons on YouTube have led to further fame and renown among today’s generation of horn players. Landsman currently resides in Nyack, New York.

May 12, 2020

NOTE: Registration is open for The Brass Junkies Academy Summer Workshop, a five-day workshop with 15 of the best brass players in the world hosted by Andrew Hitz & Lance LaDuke. Each day features three clinics plus a daily hang with special guests hosted by The Brass Junkies. The workshop is open to all ages but recommended for high school and above. The workshop runs from June 22-26, 2020. 

More information can be found at brassjunkies.academy including how to get $30 off the $109 price for a LIMITED TIME!!!

TBJ138: Demondrae Thurman on Sotto Voce, Indiana University AND the Brass Junkies Academy Summer Academy. Demondrae returns to share the origins of Sotto Voce and explains his unorthodox job offer from Indiana University.

From his website:

Demondrae Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists. His euphonium playing has been described as “awe inspiring”, and he is touted as “an amazing musician”. Demondrae has a firm international reputation as a euphonium soloist having performed in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. Many of Americas premiere colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher and he continues to be in extremely high demand. Over the last eighteen years, Demondrae has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world’s prestigious low brass festivals including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and theLeonard Falcone Competition.

Demondrae’s conducting career began in 1999 when he co-founded the wind ensemble at Alabama State University. Since that time, he has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous wind bands, brass bands, and symphony orchestras. His symphony orchestra debut came in 2008 conducting Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra of the University of Alabama where he also served as its conductor from 2011-2013. He is currently in his 7th season as Resident Assistant Conductor of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

Demondrae is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet which tours extensively. The quartet has released four recordings; all of which have received stellar reviews. Viva Voce!: The Complete Quartets of Johns Stevens won the International Tuba/Euphonium Association award for best chamber music recording in 2006. The quartet has been featured several times on American Public Media’s, Performance Today. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Demondrae is in high demand as a euphonium/bass trumpet specialist for symphony orchestras. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In addition to the Sotto Voce Quartet recordings, Demondrae released his first solo recording on the Summit Records label in 2005 entitled, Soliloquies. It received a 9/9 out of 10/10 from classicstoday.com and he was referred to as “having earned (his) stripes as one of the premiere euphonium players in the world”. Showing his dedication to new music, all of the music on the recording was written for him or with his playing in mind. His second album, Songs of a Wayfarer, was released in 2011. The latest recording, Snapshots: The Spirit of Collaboration, was released in March of 2014. Demondrae can also be heard on recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New South Jazz Orchestra.

Currently, Demondrae is Professor of Music at Samford University where he teaches low brass and conducting while serving as conductor of the wind ensemble and Director of Graduate Studies.

Demondrae Thurman is a Miraphone Performing Artist and plays exclusively the Miraphone 5050 Ambassador “Edition” euphonium which was designed specifically for him.  He also plays the custom “Demondrae” model mouthpiece manufactured by Warburton Music Products and is a Shires  Trombone Performing Artist. 

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Colonial Tuba Quartet Competition
  • Sweet Child O Mine
  • Gary Bird
  • The beginnings of Sotto Voce
  • Consequences
  • Army Workshop gig helping move them down the road
  • Getting kicked out of a meeting room
  • Lance is(was) a bigwig
  • Personnel changes over the years
  • 25th Anniversary plans
  • Changes to the tuba quartet repertoire over the years
  • Euphonium quartets
  • Indiana University
  • Brass Junkies Academy

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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

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