BrassChix: For the Record » a day of networking, mentoring, learning and music-making for adult and high school brass players who identify as female, non-binary, transgender or gender nonconforming. » January 22, 2023, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

BrassChix: For the Record

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BrassChix: For the Record is pleased to offer in-person and virtual sessions on a variety of topics and activities. Guest presenters hearken from across the country as well as the Twin Cities area. From interactive warmup and practice activities to panel led discussions, participants will connect (or reconnect) with all that makes brass playing enjoyable, rewarding and awesome. Registration for this event is required, and can be completed below. Event cost is $10 and includes lunch for those participating in-person.

Our 2023 presenters and guest artists include:

Schedule for the day (Central Standard Time):
  • 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Greeting Ritual (Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger)*
  • 9:30 a.m. Instrument Specific Warmups and Foundations*
  • 10:15 a.m. Brass Ensemble Reading Session
  • 11:00 a.m. For the Record: Writing Your Story*
  • 1:00 p.m. Guest Clinician Sessions*
  • 3:00 p.m. Brass Choir Session
  • 4:00 p.m. For the Record: Owning Your Narrative*
  • 4:30 p.m. Closing Ritual*
*Live Zoom for online participants at these sessions. On-Demand content will be available for browsing during the Brass Ensemble Reading and Brass Choir sessions.

History of BrassChix

Founded in 2009, BrassChix is an annual gathering of brass players from high school, college, and beyond, for a day of playing and discussing music, sharing ideas and enjoying the cameraderie of playing a brass instrument. Classical MPR article

The Mission of BrassChix is to encourage people who play a brass instrument. BrassChix forums aim to cultivate a network of peers and mentors among brass players who identify as female, non-binary, transgender or gender nonconforming, through activities designed to engage participant’s music making and conversations about the rewards of playing a brass instrument.

Brass Bodies Study
The Brass Bodies study is a cutting-edge research project led by Sarah Schmalenberger, PhD (musicology) and hornist, and Patricia L. Maddox, PhD (sociology), at the University of St. Thomas. Based in an understanding that "female brass players are both an underrepresented and under-researched group in music," the study investigates both the physical and social experiences of female, transgender and non-binary individuals who play brass instruments. Brass Chicks interviewed the team behind the Brass Bodies study.

A division of the university's College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Music is full accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. An acclaimed faculty of progressive artists and practitioners lead undergraduate studies and graduate programs for educators.

Registrant Information

High School


Please indicate the last college you attended and the last year you attended that college.

Additional Information


For questions about the event, please email Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger,
To make an accessibility request, please call Disability Resources at 651-962-6315 at least one week prior to the event.