Allan Dean is Professor of Trumpet (Adjunct) at the Yale University School of Music and is currently performing with St. Louis Brass Quintet and the Yale Brass Trio. In the early music field he was a founding member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the New York Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble. Dean was a member of the New York Brass Quintet for 18 years and free lanced in the New York City concert and recording field for over 20 years before joining the faculty of Indiana University in l982. Upon retirement of the New York Brass Quintet in 1984, Dean joined the St. Louis Brass. In 1989 he moved back to the Northeast to join the Yale faculty. At Yale, Dean coaches brass chamber music and directs the Yale Cornet and Sacbut Ensemble in addition to teaching trumpet.
Dean performs and teaches each summer at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. He is a frequent soloist with Keith Brion's New Sousa Band. Dean has also appeared at the Speleto and Casals Festivals, the Banff Centre (Canada), the Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Musiki Blekinge (Sweden), the Curitiba Music Festival (Brazil) and the Morella Festival (Spain). He can be heard playing both modern trumpet and early brass on over 80 recordings on most major labels including RCA, Columbia, Nonesuch, Summit and others. On early instruments he has recorded with Calliope, The New York Cornets and Sacbuts, The Waverly Consort, The Ensemble for Early Music and The Smithsonian Chamber Players.
Dean joined the Yale faculty in 1988. He previously served on the faculties of Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, the Eastman School, and the Mendez Brass Institute.
Allan Dean is a Yamaha Performing Artist. He plays six different Yamaha model trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns.
Dean lives in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts with his wife, Julie Shapiro, an artist, and his daughter, Eloisa, a writer. He is an avid tennis player and practices hatha yoga daily.
Yale School of Music
The Yale School of Music has approximately 200 students all with free tuition plus $4000 stipend. My studio is limited to six graduate students. There is work study and some professional work in the area, so most of my students pay little or nothing to go to Yale.
To eliminate confusion, the Yale School of Music is only a graduate school. Although I teach the occasional outstanding trumpet student attending Yale College my job is teaching trumpet and coaching chamber music groups in the graduate school. Yale College undergraduates who want lessons, normally study with my graduate students.
I am on campus two days a week, I see each student for a lesson plus we have a required “seminar” which meets weekly for 2 hours. This is basically a trumpet class in which we perform and discuss various topics.
Every student is required to be in a chamber music group. We usually have three brass quintets each semester so each trumpet student is in a quintet that is coached regularly by Scott Hartman, our trombone professor, Carol Jantsch, our tuba professor, or myself. In addition I have an early brass group of cornettos and sackbuts that meets weekly. I don’t expect everyone to practice the early brass too diligently unless they are so inclined, but we have the group to introduce our players to the instruments, literature and playing styles. I work with any student interested in the baroque trumpet as well. The school just acquired a new Egger 4 hole instrument and I have several of my own that are available.
The orchestra program is also a top priority at Yale. The orchestra has received rave reviews at their Carnegie Hall concerts. This past year the repertoire included Mahler 9, Beethoven 9, Ein Heldenleben and Franck Symphony in D Minor
Most students come to Yale for the MM Degree. We also have a MMA Degree if you already have a Masters and want more study. Our DMA program is very difficult to get into. There is a demanding test including history, traditional and 20th C. analysis and score reading. Very honestly not many brass players pass this test for the DMA although I have had two students succeed in recent years. There is also an Artist Diploma which is a professional level degree aimed at players pursuing a solo career. This is a new degree and seems to be mostly directed to young professional string and piano players. For further information on the different degrees contact our Admissions Office and they will send you more and better details.
Although most weeks I am only on campus for two days, I see my students at Yale (with lessons, coachings and the trumpet class) more than at any other school where I have taught. This includes my time at Indiana, Manhattan, Eastman and Hartt.
One more issue is the audition process. We request a pre-screening recording or video with the application. This is becoming more important as the number of applicants has increased a great deal with the free tuition. This year we had over 40 trumpets apply and I had to reject a number of people based on the recording. In future years the recording is going to become even more important as we have a limited number of applicants that we can hear live.
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
The summer festival takes place on a beautiful country estate in Norfolk, Connecticut (not Virginia). It runs for six weeks, from early July finishing around the middle of August. There are about 40 participants (called fellows) made up of string quartets, piano trios, one or two woodwind quintets and one brass quintet. The program is free and fellows are housed in local residences.
A pre-formed brass quintet is preferred and we have had many fine groups in the past few years from schools like McGill, Northwestern, Oberlin, and the Manhattan School. One can also apply as an individual. On occasion we do not have any groups we want to accept and in that case we put together a group from the individual applicants.
This is a very intense program. The quintet members spend many, many hours together. The group is coached daily by the Yale brass faculty. Normally I coach for two weeks with Scott Hartman and William Purvis also doing two weeks each. We work on the major brass quintet literature and the group will normally perform a major work each week on the participant concerts.
This is wonderful program for a group that is interested in learning new material as well working in a serious chamber music atmosphere for an extended time. Norfolk gives a brass group the unusual opportunity to be a part of a program that also involves winds and strings with their exceptional literature. We have had groups of all ages from an undergraduate ensemble to young professional groups just getting started.
The Yale School of Music supporting brass chamber music in this unique program is greatly appreciated by the brass faculty and we feel it is one of the best summer programs available.
Bach, J.S. - Arioso from Cantata No. 156
Published by Ludwig Music
As recorded on the album Baroque Brass (Summit Records SMT 120)
Foster, Steven - Beautiful Dreamer/Holiday Schottisch; I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair/My Old Kentucky Home; Farewell My Lilly Dear/Camptown Races
Published by Mentor Music Publishers
As recorded on the album Pops! (Summit Records SMT 120)