CMC Sessions: Inspiration & Influences
Spark your musical imagination with CMC faculty as they delve into stories about the inspiration and influences that have guided them as professional musicians and teachers at CMC. CMC Sessions: Inspiration & Influences is an eight-part on-line series hosted by CMC Cultural Traditions and Winds/Brass Departments, providing up-close and personal stories about the potent influences and galvanizing experiences that make up the “musical life.” Told through compelling demonstrations, musical examples, and creative tips, the sessions will provide participants with inspiration on their musical journeys.
Meet these talented faculty members:
- March 2 – Scott Foster, Collaboration: Expanding the Musical Landscape
- March 16 – Charlie Gurke, Friends and Mentors
- March 30 – Irene Chagall, Melodic Line of My Life
- April 13 – Susan Peña & Miguel Govea, How We Became the Musicians We Are
- April 27 – Jon Jang, Leading Tones: Becoming a Changemaker
- May 11 – Diane Grubbe, A Flute-Full Life
- May 25 – Becca Burrington, The Singing Trombone
- June 8 – Erick Peralta, Dialects of 20th Century Jazz Piano
Becca Burrington, The Singing Trombone
Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 7pm (PT)
Online via Zoom
Becca Burrington, Winds/Brass Department Chair, will share her approach to trombone using a “singing style” in her teaching and playing. She will recount formative moments in her education and the influences which have supported her focus on the “singing style” approach. She’ll highlight her family experiences, education, and professional work both as a singer and trombone player.
This event will be conducted online via video conferencing. REGISTER HERE to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.
About the Artist:
Becca Burrington graduated in trombone performance with honors from Oberlin Conservatory, where she received the Conservatory Dean’s Talent Award. She also studied at Interlochen Arts Center and received the Governor’s Scholar and Outstanding Brass Performance award. An active freelancer on trombone and voice, Becca has performed with the Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma, Santa Rosa Symphony, California Chamber Symphony, Women’s Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Montclair Women’s Big Band, Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, and Erik Jekabson’s Vista Nonet. She has also performed and toured with early music groups such as Trinity Wall Street, California Bach Society, Apollo’s Fire and the Dark Horse Consort. She is a founding member of Solstice, an award-winning female vocal septet. She has sung with a wide array of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Sufjan Stevens, Meredith Monk, Andy Williams, and John Zorn. Becca has been featured on numerous recordings including the Bernstein Mass (with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester), four CDs by Solstice, the Montclair Women’s Big Band, and the San Francisco Sinfonietta.
Becca teaches students starting at age 10 and also teaches adults. She focuses on establishing good playing habits with a focus on sound and technique while tailoring each lesson to the strengths and interests of the individual student. Becca’s students have played in the Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Youth Orchestra, have attended major conservatories, and have gone on to play in professional orchestras and ensembles.
People who are interested in this workshop can dive deeper by exploring private lessons and group classes and ensembles.