Various workshops are held at Music Center throughout the year. Workshops are meetings at which a group of people engage in intensive discussion and activity on a particular subject or project.


Brass Clinic with Patrick Sheridan
Friday, April 6, 2018
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

4:30 PM   Free clinic for brass players of all levels! Bring your horn or just listen. 
7:30 PM   Recital

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$15 in advance or $20 at the door

Patrick Sheridan is one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl.

At 20 years of age, Patrick became a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. During his military service, he thrilled audiences across the United States with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band’s primary soloists. Since then, Patrick has gone on to become an incredibly diverse artist with concert performances transcending stylistic genres and building fans around the world for his instrument, the tuba. He has been featured in television and radio broadcasts on 4 continents including appearances most recently on NBC’s Today Show and NPR’s All Things Considered and Performance Today. Patrick maintains a busy international career with more than 75 concerts annually with orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles and in recital. At home and abroad, Patrick also performs with the creative collective, The Big Bottom Band.

Beyond his busy performing life, Mr. Sheridan’s commitment to education is extensive. His wind students occupy principal positions in major international ensembles including orchestras in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and many others. In 2001, Patrick founded The Institute for Performance Success. This ‘peak performance’ training institute is dedicated to bringing fresh and innovative learning environments to performers, teachers, executives, athletes and others seeking ‘peak performance’ in their careers. Along with Sam Pilafian, Patrick is the co-author of the world’s best selling breathing method for instrumental improvement, The Breathing Gym. He is also co-author of the GIA publication, Leadership Success, with Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Mr. Sheridan is currently on the music faculties at Arizona State University and UCLA. In the Phoenix community, Patrick serves as the Music Director of The Salt River Brass and is the conductor of the youth band, Sonic Winds. Patrick also frequently works across the United States as a guest conductor with university bands and orchestras as well as high school and middle school all-state and regional honor bands and orchestras.



Masterclass w/ Mark Salman, piano
Friday, May 11 @ 5:30 PM
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

Free and open to the public

Mr. Salman's performances have taken him to Europe, Asia, Canada and throughout the United States. He has performed in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and has been featured in numerous radio and television broadcasts in the U.S. and in China. His account of his meetings with and playing for Vladimir Horowitz appears in David Dubal's book, Evenings with Horowitz. Mr. Salman is a co-founder of the Delmarva Piano Festival in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which recently completed its fourteenth season. Recent performances have included his debut at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, an eight recital series devoted to the works of Franz Liszt, and three recitals featuring Schubert's final three sonatas this past season. He also recently performed a complete cycle of Beethoven's five piano concertos and Choral Fantasy this October with Orchestra Seattle. Mr. Salman is a Steinway artist.

Mr. Salman is a native of Connecticut, where he began his studies at the age of eight and made his recital debut at eleven. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he studied with Richard Fabre and Josef Raieff. He previously attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years, where he concentrated on chamber music and composition, studying with the noted composer, John Harbison.

Breathing for Performance and Practice with Henry Lu, PT
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Recital Hall, Music Center of the Northwest

Free and open to the public

Henry will talk about vision and breathing techniques for relaxed performances.  Instrumentalists besides pianists are welcome too; he has some interesting insights into vision with asymmetrical instruments, and of course breathing and posture are issues for everyone. 

Henry will tailor his presentations to varying ages and levels (1:00 PM Elementary, 2:00 PM Intermediate, and 3:00 PM Advanced)




Haydn Workshop
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Director: Dell Wade
Tuition: $25

The Haydn Workshop is a day-long intensive chamber orchestra experience for intermediate-advanced adult musicians. Musicians are accepted on an as-needed basis, and may be asked to complete an informal audition. For more information, contact or 206-526-8443


Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop
July 9 - 14, 2018

Seattle Pacific University

The Puget Sound Chamber Music Workshop is an intense week of learning and music making with a diverse group of interesting, friendly people. Coaching/rehearsal sessions with specific music assignments are an integral part of the daytime schedule. Participant musicales are presented in an informal, supportive environment. 

A low faculty/participant ratio, limited enrollment, and assignments with varied personnel and instrumentation assure a week of special experiences and warm camaraderie. Our coaches are professionals with a strong chamber music background and a love for teaching.

Check back in 2018 for registration details!


Yamaha Artist Allen Vizzutti giving a masterclass at the 2017 Yamaha Intensive Brass workshop.