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
No Limits welcomes members of all backgrounds, religions, gender identities, and races and expects all members to create a welcoming and respectful musical and professional environment where we each can thrive.
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 has one opening remaining for horn and trumpet
No Limits 2 and No Limits Junior will continue accepting new members through the end of September.
No Limits 1 1st cycle repertoire: Light Cavalry Overture, Holst's Christmas Day, Christmas Jazz Suite, and other holiday favorites
No Limits 2 1st cycle repertoire: Selections from "Nutcracker" and other holiday favorites
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.
No Limits 1 and 2 will start the year rehearsing indoors. To create a safe environment for everyone, all No Limits 1 and 2 members participating in person will be required to be vaccinated with one of the currently approved covid-19 vaccines. Those not vaccinated are invited to participate digitally as are those not comfortable in a group situation. Use of bell covers and masks will be based on local infection rates. No Limits Junior will begin the year rehearsing outdoors and adjustments to rehearsal plans will be made based on when the vaccine is approved for under 12-year-olds.
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 performs No Limits 1's version of Light Cavalry Overture
Director Ben Parke plays his transcription of Liszt's Les Preludes