Brass Music Camp

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Brass Camp at ImpactU, is a unique opportunity to study with some of the world’s greatest brass musicians. This camp is designed for excellent young brass performers who are looking into majoring in music, or preparing for all-state auditions. Each student will get a chance to participate in masterclasses, private lessons, and in a brass choir.

Impact U Music Camp

Camp Dates:

Monday – Friday  June 13 – 17, 2016
Click here for the daily schedule.


The camp is $360 per person, and includes food, lodging, and all expenses.  

Audition Information:

Due to the nature of this program, admittance into brass camp is determined by audition. If not accepted, there will be a full refund of tuition. Auditions can be submitted to Professor Nathan Miller by youtube, dropbox, or google drive. The audition videos should contain an excerpt from a solo of your choosing (may be audition piece from all-state audition), and the compulsory piece which is available for download below. Audition videos (or links to videos) should be emailed to

What You Can Expect:

  • Private lessons on your brass instrument
  • Brass master classes with two of America's finest performers; featuring Mark Ridenour, assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony
  • Brass Choir rehearsals and performance opportunitites

About Your Instructors:


Mark Ridenour, Alumnus of Asbury University, is assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Barenboim appointed him to this position in 1994. From 2003 until 2005, he served as the Orchestra’s acting principal trumpet.

He began his professional career when he was appointed third trumpet in the Lexington (Kentucky) Philharmonic while a senior in college. He continued in this position through graduate school and also became a member of the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic. Next came an appointment to the trumpet section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as acting principal trumpet his first season. Ridenour then accepted the position of principal trumpet with the Florida Orchestra, where he spent six seasons before coming to Chicago.

He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Highland Park Strings and Roosevelt University Orchestra as well as brass bands in the United States and Canada, including the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army. He can be heard on the Telarc releases of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Lieutenant Kijé and the Grammy Award–winning Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Night on Bald Mountain with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Nathan Miller - Asbury University
Nathan Miller

Professor Nathan Miller, Assistant Professor of Musicology and Director of the Asbury University Orchestra, joined the faculty of the Music Department in the fall of 2014.

Before pursuing his PhD in Musicology, Nathan completed a Masters in Horn Performance at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

He has performed internationally with the Opera Theater of Lucca, in Italy and as a soloist at a world music festival in Wuhan, China. He has also been heard in performance on NPR’s Performance Today. 

He teaches sophomore music history, upper level courses in musicology, and understanding music, while also directing the University’s orchestra and chamber music programs.