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Brass Quintet Holiday Concert Dec. 7

December 2, 2009

Colorado State's Brass Quintet includes faculty members Robert Brewer, Euphonium, Gregory Harper, Trombone, Daniel Kuehn, Trumpet, and Matthew Scheffelman, Horn. The ensemble will perform Christmas carols, traditional holiday music, and some special treats on the evening of Monday, Dec. 7, in the Brass Quintet Holiday Concert.

Monday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Enjoy the holiday sounds of the CSU Brass Faculty Quintet for this popular annual concert featuring a variety of Christmas carols, traditional holiday music, and some special treats.

"For hundreds of years, brass instruments have heralded the beginning of the Christmas season," said Robert Brewer, coordinator of the brass and percussion at CSU and quintet member.  "It is our pleasure to continue that tradition and bring Christmas brass music to the community."

In addition to the thematic holiday selections, the program includes concert music for brass quintet by 19th century Russian professor of civil engineering, cellist, tuba player, and composer Victor Ewald.


  • $5/CSU students
  • $10/adult
  • $1/youth (2-17)

Purchase tickets at the Lory Student Center Campus Box Office, by calling (970) 491-4TIX or online.  

The Brass Quintet    

Robert BrewerEuphonium, is Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium and Music Education at Colorado State. He serves as Principal Tuba with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the CSU Faculty Brass Quintet. In 2002, Brewer released a solo CD, An die Musik, which has been featured in the Walking Frog Records catalog since its release. He has performed as Guest Artist or clinician throughout the West including a performance of the Ralph Vaughan-Williams Concerto with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2004, Brewer founded the Colorado Composers Project which identifies and brings to public performance music composed by composers which live or have lived in Colorado. He has performed recitals of this music throughout the South and the Mid-West and sponsoring concerts in Fort Collins and the Rocky Mountain Region.

Gregory Harper, Trombone, Special Assistant Professor of Trombone at CSU, has held the position of Bass Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony since 1997.

Prior to joining the Colorado Symphony, he was the interim Bass Trombonist with L’Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia of La Coruna, Spain, and also performed with the Houston Symphony. His festival appearances have included the Bravo! Vail Valley, Spoleto (Italy), Cabrio (Santa Cruz, California), and Parry Sound (Ontario, Canada) festivals.

Mr. Harper holds a B.M. degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.M. from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. His primary teachers have included David Finlayson, Matthew Guilford, David Sporny, David Waters, and Doug Yeo.

Daniel KuehnTrumpet, Special Assistant Professor of Trumpet at CSU, has been 2nd/Asst. Principal Trumpet with the Colorado Symphony (Denver Symphony) since 1976.

During that time Mr. Kuehn has performed numerous times as a guest soloist with that symphony performing such works as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2, J.F. Faush- Concerto in D and on many Pops concerts. Mr. Kuehn has toured Europe (Italy, Switzerland) as a guest soloist performing alongside the world renowned pianist Claude Frank.

Mr. Kuehn has recorded with the BBC, NPR and can be heard on dozens of recordings through Dorian Records with such Brass Ensembles as: Boulder Brass, Denver Brass, Alpin Brass. He can also be heard on the sound track of the movie "Warriors of Virtue" produced by the Lee brothers (1998). The music score was created by the world renowned composer Don Davis who wrote scores for such movies as the Matrix trilogies.

Mr. Kuehn worked extensively with Doc Severinsen and the development of his new line of professional trumpets "Destino". Mr. Kuehn plays the "Destino" model Bflat and C trumpets exclusively.

Matthew Scheffelman, Horn, Special Assistant Professor of Horn at CSU, performs around the world as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He grew up in the S.F. Bay Area of California, playing horn with his public school bands.

He went on to join three Bay Area youth orchestras, the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oakland Youth Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. During this time, he also played with professional orchestras, Berkley Symphony and the California Symphony.

Mr. Scheffelman studied at the Harid Conservatory (now Lynn University) in Florida with the great horn player, Arthur Brooks. After studying at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Scheffelman made his way to New York to study at the State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase Conservatory of Music, studying with David Wakefield, Philip Myers, David Jolley, Julie Landsman and Howard T. Howard.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603