Brass Lassie’s Debut Album: Over 50% Funded!


Brass Lassie’s Debut Album Fundraiser hit 50% exactly one week after we launch it- and it’s still going steady! We are a little ways off from our goal still, but the momentum is truly tremendous and humbling. If you’ve supported, thank you! Could you take a moment to share our music with your friends and encourage them to make a pre-order as well? If you haven’t- check us out!

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Lunch With Lauren Husting 12.4.17

Recently I was honored to perform for Sundin Hall’s “Lunch With” Concert series on the Hamline University Campus! “Lunch With” concerts are informal, 30 minute presentations that introduce audiences to a wide variety of styles and performers.

I chose to present a program of three works for low brass by different women composers, and was accompanied by my good friend and colleague Rebecca Hass.

You can watch the whole performance below. Enjoy!

Brass Lassie Album Fundraiser Kickoff!

Brass Lassie is getting ready to go into the studio to record our debut album- but we need your help to do it! Join us on January 20th, 2018, at the Celtic Junction Arts Center as we launch our funding campaign to bring our music to you.

Donors will be an intimate part of the recording process- with regular updates on our progress, exclusive looks into the process, and lots of fun extra gifts and goodies in addition to the finished album!

See the posters below (and feel free to share them) for more info, or check out our Facebook Event for the details. We hope to see you there!

PS Brass Lassie now has a live webpage where you can find all our updates, sign up for our mailing list, and more!

An Autumn of Performances and Events

I’ve been doing a little marketing for the upcoming Brass Lassie concert, and it occurred to me that I have a busy fall filled with some amazing performances and events I hope you can make one or two.

Friday, September 29th, 2-4pm: I’ll be joining the Bubonic Brass for the Feast of Fantasy at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This event is ticketed separately from the Fair; visit the link for details.

Friday, October 6th, 5-7pm: my good friend and colleague Rebecca Hass and I are hosting the second meet-up happy hour for women and GNC folks in the MSP area. We hope to make these a regular thing, so we can strengthen our community and build new connections.

Sunday, October 8th, 7-830pm: October Studio Class featuring guest artist Gabe Mueller! Gabe is a lifelong friend and the inspiration for my studio classes- she hosts her own each month for her studio in St Louis.  (This is an event for members of my studio and their families only)

Sunday, October 15th, 7pm: The aforementioned Brass Lassie concert! Buy your tickets in advance for a discount.

Sunday, October 29th, morning: Reformation Sunday Services with Accent Brass.

Saturday, November 4th, 4pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Parent’s Weekend performance

Monday, November 6th, 9pm (2 sets): The Adam Meckler Orchestra at Icehouse. I’m really honored to be invited to join the AMO this season on bass trombone (I even bought my very own bass, something I’ve needed for a while, and will share it with you when I get it!). If you’re up for Monday late night jazz, join us!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2-330pm: Hamline Wind Ensemble Winter Concert @ Sundin Hall

Monday, December 4th, 12-1230pm: ‘Lunch With…’ Lauren Husting and Rebecca Hass! This is a tasty little lunch concert featuring works by women composers written for low brass instruments and piano. This concert is free and open to the public.

Sunday & Monday, December 24-25, various times: Christmas services at St John the Baptist in New Brighton. Stay tuned for more details.

As always, I try to keep my gig calendar updated with all relevant information.


IWBC Recap

Last week I was able to attend the International Women’s Brass Conference for the first time, and it was an experience of a lifetime.  In a nutshell, I met some of my heroes, made some new ones, connected with old and new friends, competed against some top-class performers (3rd place- not too shabby!), heard amazing performances by individuals and groups alike. Here’s a little breakdown of what I took away:

Day 1

  • Prelims for the solo competition- I performed movements I and II of the Rota Concerto and was awarded 3rd place for my age category.
  • Heard soloists Ashley Hall, trumpet, and Velvet Brown, tuba, perform with the Rowan Uni wind ensemble, helped honor the conference’s Pioneer Award winners
  • At the opening reception, met and talked with one of my inspirations, Abbie Conant, and worked hard to stay collected and calm. 🙂

Day 2

  • Recitals by Natalie Mannix and Ava Ordmann, trombones (all music by female composers!), and Donna Parkes, trombone (AMAZING rendition of the Sulek)
  • panels by Debra Taylor (on focal dystonia and recovery) and Stacie Mickens (on practice habits and tricks)
  • evening performance by Athena Brass Band (new life goal: get in this ensemble!), an all-female British-style brass band.

Day 3

  • Panels on Alexander Technique with Lori Schiff (Julliard School) and racism in the music world with Marquita Reef (St Louis educator)
  • Recitals by Julia McIntyre, bass trombone (some of the loveliest playing I’ve heard in a long time), and Ashley Hall, trumpet (incredible sounds!)
  • Heard my dorm-mate Kaitlin rock her finals performance for the competition
  • Played duets out of my new duet book with Gabe
  • Knockout evening performance by DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Day 4

  • Panels: “Who Gets the Gig”- social psychology and music by Maureen Hogan, Georgia Tech, and “Entrepreneurship” with several working musicians in different fields
  • Jeannie Little, trombone, presented a lecture-performance on the Tomasi Concerto and the influence of Tommy Dorsey- her performance of the Tomasi was superb.
  • Recital performances by Velvet Brown (MOJATUBA- with dance and percussion), and JAM- Joanna and Michael (tubaeuph/cimbasso duet)
  • Final evening performance from Monarch Brass, the signature group of the IWBC. Such. Sounds.

Some slight organized thoughts:

  • It’s so inspiring to see all these women working at a high level. Meeting the heroes of the earlier generation and mingling with those of mine- it’s great to see how far we’ve come
  • That said, we have ages to go. The competitions, open to all genders, were mostly won by men. I have thoughts about how they could be structured different, but in the meantime- what will it take to get women into those winning spots more frequently? Is it confidence? Training? Access?
  • I would like to see more rest/social time built into the conference schedule. It was jam-packed, and everything was interesting, so we were exhausted at the end of each day.
  • I would also like more time to play and network with my colleagues. Reading sessions with all the trombones, or ad-hoc brass quintets. Anything to get us out of our cliques and talking to new friends.
  • The conference, like much of the music industry, is still very ‘job-oriented’, focused on winning that orchestra job or finding the tenure-track college position (that will disappear in the next 10 years anyway). I wanted more from freelancers, non-conventional performers, and educators building careers in their communities using all the strategies available to them. How does the younger generation find work in a changing economy? How do we all stay happy and healthy as musicians, whether we’re top dog or working like one?

All in all, it was a week to remember. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have gone, to have had the chance to compete, and to make new connections. I’ll have lots to sustain me for the next few months, and I’ll be back for the conference at ASU in 2019 (hopefully with my own panel/performance, and with Brass Lassie in tow!)!

Lauren at IWBC!

I’m very excited to be traveling to Glassboro, New Jersey, this week, to attend the International Women’s Brass Conference! My friend Gabe Mueller will be joining me, and we both plan to compete in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition, as well as attend workshops, performances, and clinics throughout the week.

Some of my lady brass heroes will be attending as well, such as pioneer trombonist Abbie Conant and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.

Watch this space and my Facebook page for updates throughout the week!

Video from my 2nd Doctoral Recital!

Hey, all!

These have been up for a while but I’ve neglected to get them on the blog. My April 3rd, 2017 recital in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota is now available in convenient YouTube form! Take a gander:

Thanks for watching!

Happy Women’s History Month!

*sheepishly pokes her head into her blog* *grins sideways*

Hey, there, old blog old friend! Guess what! I saw an amazing concert last night. I know, I know, I’m supposed to be creating original content in March based around celebrating women in brass history and brass present…I’ve just been so…busy. I’m so sorry. Can I tell you about the concert? It’s relevant, I swear. Yes? Ok!

Last night I had the pure joy and soul-sustaining honor to attend tenThing, a 10-piece, all female Norwegian brass ensemble spearheaded by trumpet virtuoso Tine (pronounced “Tina”) Thing (“Ting”) Helseth. The concert was held at Aria in the North Loop and presented by the Schubert Club.

It was so glorious. Their artistry, movement, collaboration, and joy were palpable from the back of the hall, and they didn’t shy away from anything (and why would they?), softs, louds, or otherwise. I started crying before they even finished coming onto the stage. This is an ensemble that uses all the colors in their vast palates to create pure music. Their program wasn’t particularly out there- lots of “standard” rep like suites from Carmen, West Side Story, and piano works from Mozart, Grieg, and Copland- but the arrangements were fresh and tailor-made to their style and grace.

(If you don’t believe me, check out the review in the Star Tribune)

This should come as no surprise, but my favorite section was the four masterful trombonists. They displayed absolute ease with all of the fast licks and pianos and brought golden fortes worthy of a major symphony performance, perfectly balanced in tone and in tune. The flugelhorn player and the hornist were also highlights- they interacted with one another often to express smiles over the music the group was creating, and of course Tine herself sparkled and danced. Her solo over Piazzola’s “Oblivion” was a highlight for me.

So there you have it. Go check out Tine, tenThing, and all the ladies bringing women-power to the brass world. The future is bright, my friends. Happy Women’s History Month. Let’s make some future.