Afternoon of Brass #4

Memorial Weekend Spectacular

5/21-25/2025

"CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

OF THE BRASS KIND"

featuring

Northwestern University Brass

Past, Present & Future


with

MALLORY THOMPSON

& LAWRENCE ISAACSON

Calling All Brass Players

(age 13+)

We are seeking NU brass alumni (classes: 1979-1980 & 1996-2027) and committed brass players (age 13+) to rehearse and perform in a variety of brass ensembles.  Your participation includes 1 to 3 afternoons of rehearsals and a concert performance on stage with professional brass players from across the country.

Experience classical brass like never before! 

Our nationally recognized clinicians will work with students, amateurs and professionals alike to perfect the program. 

Rehearsals :: 3 days 5/21-23/2025

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Room IP-106

Concert #1 :: 8 PM :: 5/24/2025

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston MA

Concert #2 :: 4 PM :: 5/25/2025

Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA

MALLORY THOMPSON

Mallory Thompson is a musician and music educator of national significance. Maintaining an active schedule as a guest conductor, conducting teacher, and guest lecturer throughout the United States and Canada, Thompson has had the privilege of teaching conducting to thousands of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional educators. She has served as a conductor or clinician at the College Band Directors National Association regional and national conventions, the Midwest Clinic, the Interlochen Arts Academy, numerous state music conventions, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to conducting all-state ensembles throughout the United States, she has had professional engagements as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the United States Army Field Band, the United States Coast Guard Band, the United States Navy Band, the West Point Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Monarch Brass Ensemble, and Banda Sinfônica in Sao Pãulo, Brazil. In 2019, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Midwest Clinic in recognition of her service to music education and continuing influence on the development and improvement of bands and orchestras worldwide. Her professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

LAWRENCE ISAACSON

Lawrence Isaacson is a conductor and music educator based in Boston.  As a conductor, Isaacson works regularly at the Aspen Music Festival (CO) and Old South Church (Boston), and has also guest conducted the Oregon Symphony, Longwood Symphony (MA), Concord Orchestra (MA) and at the Round Top (TX) and Eastern Music (NC) festivals. Mr. Isaacson brings to the podium many years of experience as an orchestral musician. A former trombonist, who began his career at the age of 19 performing as an extra with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall, he has performed worldwide in concert and on recordings with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Empire Brass Quintet. Born into a family of musicians and educators, Mr. Isaacson has taught for over 40 years. His current teaching duties include a faculty position at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he is Professor of Trombone and Conducting.  He is a former faculty member of Boston University, MIT, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, University of New Hampshire, Mannes College of Music, McMaster University and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. As an educator of younger students, he has conducted Middle to High school students in all-District orchestras and at the Usdan Center for the Performing and Creative Arts on Long Island.