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Music: Brass

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.  

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 and Hiram Diaz, Euphonium in "The President's Own" Marine Band.
  • 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.

Hiram Diaz - Asbury University

Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz, joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2012. As one of America’s most talented young soloists, Hiram is in demand as a performer and instructor.  He is often featured with “The President’s Own” Marine Band as a euphonium soloist, and also as a vocalist.  He frequently visits Asbury University as a guest instructor and clinician.

Staff Sgt. Diaz began his musical instruction at age 12. He graduated in 2003 from the New World School of the Arts in Miami and continued his education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2007. He also studied at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he worked with euphonium professor Brian Bowman. His instructors also included Timothy Northcut of CCM and Jay Bertolet, former principal tuba with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Staff Sgt. Diaz was a member of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band (283d Army Band) in Ft. Benning, Ga.

Nathan Miller - Asbury University

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.