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Minneapolis School of Brass will be on break from August 19-September 10th. During this time we will not be able to receive texts or voicemails. Please contact us via email/contact form and we will respond as soon as we are able. 

  •     What is NO LIMITS?

   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.


  •     Why should I join?

   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


  •     What is the time commitment?


   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.



  •     What are your Covid prevention plans?

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.


  •     This sounds great!  How do I join?


To register: Sign up here

The audition priority date has now passed.  However, No Limits 1 still has an openings for trumpet, horn, and trombone. Auditions will be accepted until the spots are filled.  No Limits 2 and 3 will continue to accept registrations for all instruments through September.


For more information: contact


No Limits 1 audition packets:

Trumpet Audition Packet

 

Horn Audition Packet

Trombone Audition Packet

 

Euphonium Audition Packet

 

Tuba Audition Packet

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