The most exciting year-round educational honors ensembles for brass players, directed by expert brass instructor Ben Parke
No Limits 1: auditioned ensemble for advanced players (typically 4+ years of experience)
No Limits 2: non-auditioned training ensemble for advancing players (typically 2-3 or more years experience)
No Limits Junior (new this fall!): non-auditioned training ensemble for players with 1-3 years experience (should have completed or be close to completing Standard of Excellence book 1 or equivalent by September.)
Summer session: non-auditioned group for players with 3+ years experience
Because brass choir is fun and we play great music! No Limits typically performs orchestral music rearranged for only brass instruments so we get all the best parts! Repertoire for next season includes Finlandia, Light Cavalry Overture, a variety of holiday music, and exciting pieces from the Renaissance era! Summer brass will perform Handel's Water Music. Past music includes Beethoven Symphonies, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the 1812 Overture, Pines of Rome, and more! No Limits is the only area youth ensemble program where the director plays every instrument and typically has not only written, but also performed the music himself allowing him to give you customized performance advice (see Les Preludes YouTube video for an example of director Ben Parke's full brass performance.)
No Limits 1, 2, and junior will have openings for all brass instruments.
Summer brass: Monday-Thursday evenings for one week. June 14-17. Tuition: $100
Full year group:
No Limits 1 Sundays 5-6:30pm
No Limits 2 Sundays 4-4:45pm
No Limits Junior either 3-3:45 or 6:30-7:15 (time yet to be finalized)
Vista Lutheran Church in St Louis Park starting September 12, 2021 through May 2022
No Limits 1 tuition: $450
No Limits 2 tuition: $375
No Limits 3 tuition: $325
Scholarships available as needed. Please indicate scholarship interest when registering.
For more information:
No Limits 1 audition packets:
Audition submission guidelines:
Submissions should be via video uploaded as unlisted to YouTube. Please send the video link to director Ben Parke Each excerpt can be recorded separately, but all videos should be combined into one video for ease in audition committee viewing. Auditions are typically quite competitive so be sure to send us your best playing. When setting up to record, test different setups to find which gives the best sound. Should your video have distorted sound we will request that you record the material over again as we will not be able to accurately judge your sound quality and dynamics. Auditions will be graded on tone quality, dynamics, musicianship (phrasing, expression), rhythmic accuracy, articulation, and proper style. Audition guidance videos will be uploaded over the next week to help you prepare.
Director Ben Parke plays his transcription of Liszt's Les Preludes