The Summit Hill Brass Quintet was founded in 1976 and is comprised of current and former teachers, and freelance musicians. They frequently perform in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and some members also perform with additional ensembles including the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, the Brass Messengers and the North Shore Brass Quintet.
They have 10 recordings to date featuring a wide variety of repertoire, all arranged for the quintet by founder David Baldwin.
The quintet is visiting 5 different elementary schools around the metro this March. The repertoire they are performing will include that of Thomas Morley, J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart and the American Civil War.
Members of the Summit Hill Brass Quintet:
- David Baldwin: trumpet
- Pam Humphrey: trumpet
- Gwen Anderson: french horn
- David Stevens: trombone
- Scott Anderson: tuba
Aquila Elementary, Saint Louis Park
Vadnais Heights Elementary, Vadnais Heights
Otter Lake Elementary, White Bear Lake
Carver Elementary, Maplewood
Edgerton Elementary, Maplewood
About the Artists-in-Residence program this year
Classical MPR is now in its fourth year of welcoming Artists-in-Residence who perform, teach and speak about music during visits to schools throughout the state of Minnesota. The Artists are selected because of the quality of their musicianship and their interest in promoting music education.
This year's residency features four different Artists:
Crocus Hill Trio: Twin Cities area violin, flute, and cello trio that has been performing together for over 20 years.
Summit Hill Brass Quintet: Twin Cities area brass quintet that was founded in 1976.
Minnesota Percussion Trio: Twin Cities area trio that performs eclectic music from around the world on a wide variety of percussion instruments.
Lyz Jaakola: Musician and educator who is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe located outside of Cloquet, MN.
Throughout the month of March 2013 (officially Music in Our Schools Month) these four Artists will visit a total of 24 elementary schools around the Twin Cities metro area to give an educational music performance to the entire student population. The performance includes information about their respective instruments, and the style, technique, history, and traditions related to the music that they present.
These performances are supported by curricular materials designed by Classical MPR's Curriculum Writer that are given to the music teachers in advance for use in their classroom. Students at participating schools receive an MPR-produced compilation CD featuring performances by the artists, allowing students to hear the different approaches and styles of music.
Classical MPR's goal with these artist-in-residence performances is to create authentic and transformative experiences for young pupils that will inspire their creative pursuits, and be a meaningful addition to what they are already learning from their music teachers.