Department of Music

Borealis Brass

Borealis Brass was formed in 1994 to present performances of brass literature and commission new works. The permanent ensemble is trumpet, hornand trombone and additional instruments are added as needed. To date, Borealis Brass has commissioned new works from over forty composers from the Americas and Eurpoe. They performed for the Jubilee series "Women in Music: The Paradox of Love" created by the Foundazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica and the Vatican, The UNESCO World Forum on Music created by the UNESCO International Music Council, the City of Los Angeles and the Foundazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne In Musica, in Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico and across the United States. And are currently recording their first CD of music by women composers. Members of the group are University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty Dr. Karen Gustafson, trumpet, Jane Aspnes, horn, and Dr. James Bicigo, trombone, who perform as soloists and with ensembles i North America, Europe and Asia.