Music faculty members Eric Berlin and Nadine Shank, along with the UMass Trumpet Ensemble, performed at the Schagerl Brass Festival held July 9-13 in Melk, Austria. The concerts were held at Stift Melk, an enormous Benedictine abbey overlooking the Danube River.
“The festival was a moving and powerful experience for all of us,” said Berlin.
Berlin and Shank performed a recital of American trumpet music, playing James Stephenson’s “Sonata” and Robert Sudeburg’s “Chamber Music VII.” Both works are on their newly released CD, “Calls and Echoes.”
The UMass Trumpet Ensemble opened the festival with professor Jeffrey W. Holmes’ “Herald Emeritus Fanfare,” performed fanfares throughout the festival, serenaded the town of Melk, and played on Berlin and Shank’s recital. Berlin and the Trumpet Ensemble presented a demonstration/recital about American trumpet ensemble music and rehearsal techniques. Students in the ensemble are Allison Cockshaw, Nairam Simoes, Sean Elligers, Adam Mejaour and Ryan Caster.
Following the festival, Berlin presented workshops with the Youth Orchestra of Fulda in Germany under direction of alumnus Martin Klueh, the orchestra’s full time director. Berlin taught basic brass techniques, coached individual players, and performed with the Youth Orchestra.