Brassfest 2022 has been moved to the fall of 2022

February 19, 2022 - 9:30am
Postponed until the fall of 2022
Masterclass is free and open to the public
February 19, 2022 - 1:00pm
Postponed until the fall of 2022
Recital is free and open to the public

Brassfest 2022 has been postponed until the fall of 2022 due to Covid protocols.

University of Virginia hosts Brassfest 2022, with a brass masterclass and a brass trio recital will feature special guests David Murray, trombone; William Gerlach, trumpet; Robert Rearden, horn.  Brassfest events are free and open to the public.


Warm up class/ Masterclass in room 107 Old Cabell Hall
Recital  in Old Cabell Hall Auditiorium

Guest Bios:

David Murray, trombone

David Murray was appointed second trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. He has also performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Antonio, and San Diego symphonies, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Washington National Opera Orchestra, among others. Internationally, Murray has performed as guest principal trombone with the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Germany and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Festival Orchestra at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. He has also participated in the Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto USA, and Chautauqua Festivals.

As an educator Murray is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He has given additional masterclasses, teaching, and coaching at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, George Mason University, Merit School of Music Chicago, Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program, NSO Summer Music Institute, and the Curtis Institute Summerfest.
Murray began his early musical studies on the piano at age five, adding trombone at age nine. He later continued training at the Peabody Preparatory on both instruments. Murray holds a Bachelor of Music (High Distinction and Performer Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music and a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. His primary teachers were Blair Bollinger, John Marcellus, Ralph Sauer, and Christopher Dudley.






William Gerlach, trumpet

William Gerlach was appointed Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. Gerlach grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and studied with Mark Niehaus of the Milwaukee Symphony throughout high school. He attended Indiana University for his undergraduate degree under the instruction of John Rommel, and he spent time working on his master’s degree at Northwestern University and Rice University with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Christopher Martin. As a student, he attended the Aspen Music Festival and School twice, once as a New Horizons trumpet fellow and once with the Third Street Brass Quintet.
Gerlach is currently on faculty at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and has been a faculty member at the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Curtis Summerfest. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra.
During the Spring of 2021, William Gerlach and Russell Weismann teamed up to record “Heroic Expressions,” a collection of works for Trumpet and Organ by Henri Tomasi, Jean Langlais, and Georg Philipp Telemann. William is a Yamaha performing artist.

Robert Rearden, horn

Robert Rearden joined the National Symphony Orchestra horn section in 2016. He previously served as principal horn of the Florida Orchestra from 2010 to 2016. He has performed regularly as a guest musician with the Cleveland Orchestra since 2004, including multiple recordings and tours of Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and was a long-term substitute with the orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. He was a member of the New World Symphony from 2006 to 2010. He also performed frequently as guest principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2010 to 2015. Rearden has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, All-Star Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and with the Mainly Mozart, Britt, Artosphere, Steamboat Springs, Spoleto USA, and Eastern music festival orchestras. 
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina as a student of Robert Pruzin and earned a Master of Music degree and artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Eli Epstein and Richard Solis. He also studied with Julie Landsman and with David Wakefield. He was a fellowship recipient at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival. While with the Florida Orchestra, Rearden appeared as a soloist on several occasions, and was also a featured soloist on the orchestra’s most recent recording. He was a featured artist at the 2017 Southeast Horn Workshop. Rearden teaches horn at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

According to UVA policy SEC-045, “At any University or student organization-related event or gathering, on- or off-Grounds, held indoors, 1) on-site consumption of food or beverages is prohibited and 2) masks are required at all times.

All programs are subject to change.

For more information please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052.




UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176