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Alessi Seminar in Italy
start date
11 April 2022
5 days
60 Students
Course presentation

Alessi Seminar - April 11-15, 2022

Since 1996 the Fondazione Fossano Musica organizes, every two years, an important musical event for trombonists from all over the world: the Alessi Seminar.

Joseph Alessi is the first trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra since 1985. Every two years, however, a very small group of professionals and students who, with Mr. Alessi's help, want to improve their trombone skills, meet up on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in Italy and more precisely in Fossano. The 2022 edition will take place from April 11th to the 15th in  Palazzo Burgos. The Alessi Seminar brings back to the city which was once the home of Acaja dynasty one of the world's foremost trombonists. It is organized by the Fondazione Fossano Musica with the support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Fossano.

The seminar lasts five days.

Joseph Alessi plays S. E. Shires Trombones

This year as a special edition, Mr Alessi and FFM will host the entire Vienna Philharmonic Low Brass section for concerts and classes.

S.E. Shires will be present with an exhibit of instruments to try out.


Joseph Alessi, first trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, for tenor trombone

Enzo Turriziani, first trombone of Wiener Philharmoniker, for tenor trombone

Hans Stroecker, bass trombone of Wiener Philharmoniker, for bass trombone

All attendees (participants and auditors) should arrive in Fossano on Sunday April 10 and plan to depart on Saturday April 16

Student Participants 30

Joseph Alessi's class, 10 Tenor trombones (5 Italians and 5 non-Italians)

Enzo Turriziani's class, 10 tenor trombones without nationality limits

Hans Stroecker's classs, 10 Bass trombones without nationality limits

Antonello Mazzucco's class, student auditors

Participants only

Please record in the order listed. 
Electronic submissions only.
 Please submit using a link to paste on the subscribe form, below materials items.

All repertoire should be combined into one audio file. Record solo repertoire without piano.
 No editing is allowed within each individual excerpt.
 Record all selections in the same location. Submission deadline: February 11,2022


  • David Concertino - beginning to letter C
  • Martin Ballade - beginning to No. 6
Bordogni/Rochut No. 15 - beginning through m. 24 - performed down one octave

  • Mozart Requiem “Tuba mirum” - 2nd trombone solo
  • Berlioz Hungarian March - 2nd trombone - beginning 6 m. before rehearsal 4 through the 2nd m. of rehearsal 5

  • Ravel Bolero - 1st trombone solo - 3rd measure of rehearsal 10 to rehearsal 11

  • Wagner Ride of the Valkyries - 1st trombone (major only)


  • Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba - mvt. 1 - beginning through 4m. before rehearsal 8

  • Vaughan Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba - mvt. 2 - rehearsal 1 through first measure of rehearsal 5

  • Blazhevich 70 Studies for BB flat Tuba - vol. 1 - No. 11 (Robert King Edition)

  • Bach “Sarabande” from Cello Suite No. 5 (no repeats)

  • Respighi Fountains of Rome - pick up to rehearsal 11 to 5 measures before rehearsal 16
Kodaly Hary Janos Suite - mvt.4 - beginning in the 5th m. of the Poco meno mosso to the lunga Pausa fermata
  • Wagner Ride of the Valkyries - 2nd major section only


Student auditors: 30. No audition is required. Each Auditor must fill out the Application Form

Mock Audition

This year the Alessi Seminar will host a Mock Audition. All Student Participants are eligible to compete. The members of the committee will be Joseph Alessi, Hans Stroecker, Enzo Turriziani. The decision of the committee will be final. Two First Prizes for the amount of € 500,00 each will be awarded to the participants who score the overall highest points, one for tenor trombone and one for bass trombone.

The repertory to be presented is as follows:

Tenor Trombone

  • Mozart Tuba mirum
  • Ravel Boléro
  • Berlioz Hungarian March
  • Wagner The Ride of the Walküre (major only)
  • Mahler Symphony N. 3 (first solo only)

Bass Trombone

  • Kodaly Hary Janos
  • Respighi Fountains of Rome
  • Schumann Symphony N. 3 (first 8 bars)
  • Wagner The Ride of the Walküre (major only)
  • Haydn The Creation

Here is a sample daily schedule for the Seminar:

8:30 - 9:00 Group Warm-up (led by Mr. Alessi and others)

9:00 - 1:00 Participant Masterclass

2:30 - 3:30 Piano Rehearsal

3:30 - 5:00 Participant Masterclass

5:00 - 7:00 Piano Rehearsal/Trombone Choir

Evening Concert/Trombone Sections


If selected as a Participant you will be required to attend the entire Seminar.

Student Participant € 500,00

Student Auditor € 200,00

Daily Student Auditor € 50,00

The fees indicated are for attendance only and do not include the cost of stay and meals


Stay in Fossano


The city of Fossano is located in southern Piedmont, 100 km from the Mediterranean Sea,

50km from the mountains and is 20 km from the heart of the Langhe, recently decreed a UNESCO world heritage site by the UN.

Fossano has approx. 25,000 inhabitants, very little traffic, most places are within walking distance and it's very safe. It is rich in history and art and is well-served by train  to Torino with departures every 30 min.

There is a lot to offer for tourism as well as for someone who might decide to move here (it is recommended to activate the page translator)

** To ensure the highest safety of all participants and to respect the current legislation on Sars-Cov2 epidemic containment, students will be allowed to attend the Seminar provided that they have a green pass certificate (for EU citizens) or show a vaccination certificate or the results of a negative Swab test done no more than 48 hours before entering the school.



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