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Free Fall Focus Days

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are thrilled to announce the return of our Free Fall Focus days, this year in a hybrid format! These Focus Days are a great opportunity for you to have an immersive experience at the School of Music. You'll be able to work closely with our faculty, see our facilities and experience life as a DePaul School of Music student! You will have the option of joining us in person, or of attending virtually. Focus Days include master classes, panel discussions, lessons, demonstrations and more! Registration is required but there is no cost to attend.  ​

These Focus Days are open to registrants 16-25 years of age. In person registrants must be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the session.

Join George Vatchnadze and Kyomi Sugimura to learn more about what it's like to be a Classical Piano student at the School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 23

3-5pm (central)

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Join Michael Kozakis, Ian Ding and Eric Millstein to learn more about what it's like to be a Classical Percussion student at the School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 23

2-5pm (central)

2pm-2:10pm Introductions from Admissions 
2:10pm-3:00pm Ian Ding - Performance and World Percussion 
-break-
3:10pm-3:50pm Michael Kozakis Clinic - Fundamentals of Tambourine and Cymbals
3:50pm-4:30pm Eric Millstein Clinic - Fundamentals of Snare Drum
4:30pm-5:00pm Q and A
 

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Join Jeremy Ruthrauff to learn more about what it's like to be a Classical Saxophone student at the School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 23

2-3:30pm (central)

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Join Anna Velzo and Alex Klein to learn more about what it's like to study Oboe at the School of Music. This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 23

4-5:30pm (central)

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*Anna Velzo will be participating in person and Alex Klein will be participating via Zoom.

Join Stephen Burns to learn more about what it's like to study Classical Trumpet at the School of Music! This session has two components:

Sunday, October 24

9am-10:30am (central)

Combined Classical Trombones and French Horn. This session is only available to in person registrants. This session includes:

- A short performance by Mark Fisher, Neil Kimel and Stephen Burns

- The Art of Practicing: How to integrate the physical, mental and musical elements of brass playing (Stephen Burns)

- Instrumental maintenance basics and mental/practical ides for practicing (Neil Kimel)

- Preparing for college auditions (Mark Fisher)

10:45am-12pm (central)

Breakout session for Classical Trumpets only. In person registrants are welcome to stay on for the second half. This portion is available to online registrants. The break out session will include:

- Etudes, Excerpts and Solo Trumpet Repertoire: Audition and Competition Preparation

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Join Mark Fisher to learn more about what it's like to study Classical Trombone at the DePaul School of Music! This session has two components:

Sunday, October 24

9am-10:30am (central)

Combined masterclass/panel with Classical Trumpets and French Horn. This session is only available to in person registrants. This session includes:

- A short performance by Mark Fisher, Neil Kimel and Stephen Burns

- The Art of Practicing: How to integrate the physical, mental and musical elements of brass playing (Stephen Burns)

- Instrumental maintenance basics and mental/practical ides for practicing (Neil Kimel)

- Preparing for college auditions (Mark Fisher)

10:45am-12pm (central)

Breakout session for Classical Trombones only. In person registrants are welcome to stay on for the second half. This portion is available to online registrants. This portion includes a masterclass with Mark Fisher that covers brass fundementals and establishing a healthy, balanced practice routine. 

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Join Neil Kimel to learn more about what it's like to study French Horn at the DePaul School of Music! This session has two components:

Sunday, October 24

9am-10:30am (central)

Combined masterclass/panel with Classical Trumpets and Trombones. This session is only available to in person registrants. This session includes:

- A short performance by Mark Fisher, Neil Kimel and Stephen Burns

- The Art of Practicing: How to integrate the physical, mental and musical elements of brass playing (Stephen Burns)

- Instrumental maintenance basics and mental/practical ides for practicing (Neil Kimel)

- Preparing for college auditions (Mark Fisher)

10:45am-12pm (central)

Breakout session for French Horn only. In person registrants are welcome to stay on for the second half. This portion is available to online registrants. This portion includes a presentation by Neil Kimel on sound and low range production.

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Join Dr. Kelly-McHale and Dr. Jones to learn more about what it's like to be a Music Education student at DePaul! This session is a virtual session and can be joined via Zoom. 

Monday, October 25

6-7pm (Central)

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Join Janet Sung, I-Hao Lee and Ann Setzer to learn more about what it's like to study violin at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 31

10am-12pm (central)

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Join Mark Maxwell to learn more about what it's like to study Classical Guitar at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hyrbid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 31

10am-12pm (central) This session includes:

- Techniques Class: How to Create Better Warm Up Routines

- Etudes Workshop: Etude No. 2, Op. 60 by Matteo Carcassi and Prelude 4 by Hector Villa-Lobos

- Masterclass

- Q&A

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Join Rob Kassinger, Jeremy Attanaseo and Michael Hovnanian to learn more about what it's like to study Classical String Bass at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Saturday, October 31

11am-1pm (central)

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Join Floyd Cooley and Scott Tegge to learn more about what it's like to be a Tuba player at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Tuesday, November 2

6:30-8pm (central)

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Join Harry Silverstein, Chuck Chandler, Linda DiFiore, Viktoria Vizin and Scott Ramsay to learn more about what it's like to study Classical Voice at the DePaul School of Music! Details on times and registration will be updated shortly!

Saturday, November 13

2pm-3:30pm: In person masterclass with Chuck Chandler, Harry Silverstein, Viktoria Vizin and Scott Ramsay. 

2pm-3:30pm: Virtual masterclass with Linda DiFiore

3:30-3:45: BREAK

3:45pm-5pm: Wrap up and Q&A session for both in person and virtual registrants.

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Join Jim Trompeter to learn more about what it's like to study Jazz Piano at the DePaul School of Music! This session has two components:

Saturday, November 13

2pm-3:30pm (central)

Combined masterclass/panel with Jazz Trumpet faculty Chad McCullough and registrants. This portion is only available to in person attendees. 

3:45pm-5pm (central)

Breakout session with Jazz Piano registrants only. In person registrants are welcome to stay for the second half. This portion will be available to online registrants. 

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Join Chad McCullough to learn more about what it's like to study Jazz Trumpet at the DePaul School of Music! This session has two components:

Saturday, November 13

2pm-3:30pm (central)

Combined masterclass/panel with Jazz Piano fauculty member Jim Trompeter and registrants. This portion is only available to in person attendees. 

3:45pm-5pm (central)

Breakout session for Jazz Trumpet registrants only. In person attendees are welcome to stay on for this second half. This portion is available to online registrants. 

Register here to join in person (2-5pm central)

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Join Ann Marie Brink and Wei-Ting Kuo to learn more about what it's like to study Viola at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Sunday, November 14

10am-12pm (central)

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Join Julia Coronelli to learn more about what it's like to study Harp at the DePaul School of Music! This session is offered as hybrid for the entire duration. 

Sunday, November 14

12pm-2pm (central)

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