Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Master's, Diploma

Orchestral instrument students collectively make up the largest, most culturally diverse group in the Music Conservatory. These students model the character and traditions of Roosevelt University, working together daily toward common musical goals in small and large ensembles while still maintaining their individual artistic voices.

For students who are looking for an intensive music conservatory experience paired with the rich musical and cultural experiences provided by living in a major city, the CCPA Brass Program will prepare help prepare students for a successful career in music. CCPA's emphasis on entrepreneurial activities also prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Charles Schuchat
, Head of Brass and Artist-Teacher of Tuba

What Differentiates Us

Location

Location

For students who are looking for an intensive music conservatory experience paired with the rich musical and cultural experiences provided by living in a major city, the CCPA Brass Program will prepare help prepare students for a successful career in music. CCPA's emphasis on entrepreneurial activities also prepares students for multiple career opportunities after graduation.

Faculty

Faculty

CCPA's brass faculty includes some of the most legendary brass players in the world alongside some of the busiest players in the city of Chicago! In addition to private lessons, students work with our faculty in chamber music, brass ensemble, and reading sessions.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Curriculum includes:

  • Private lessons
  • Small and Large Ensembles
  • Studio Classes
  • Brass Area Classes
  • Guest Master Classes
  • Brass Recitals

Outcomes

Our students have gone on to win positions with orchestras and music festivals around the world from Fort Wayne to Beijing to Tanglewood to the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Students have won solo competitions including the National Brass Symposium and the Jeuju (Korea) Brass Competition. Some of our students have become successful freelance players in Chicago and have worked with the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, and the Joffrey Ballet.

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More Opportunities

CCPA Brass Camp: June 19-21, 2019

Save the date for BRASS CAMP at Roosevelt University! CCPA Brass Camp is a three day intensive running June 19-21, 2019 at Roosevelt University open to high school and college age students. CCPA's incredible Brass Faculty will lead master classes, clinics, rehearsals, and more. Application, performance sample, and 1 letter of recommendation required to be considered.

Cost of camp is $325. Application, payment info, housing information, and sample schedule is forthcoming. Please direct questions to ssalerno@roosevelt.edu

Performance Opportunities

All brass students perform in Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Opera, Chamber Music, and in regularly scheduled brass area performance classes.

Testimonials

"CCPA's brass faculty includes some of the most legendary brass players in the world alongside some of the busiest players in the city of Chicago! In addition to private lessons, students work with our faculty in chamber music, brass ensemble, and reading sessions. Our goal is to train outstanding performers so our priority is to offer numerous performance opportunities throughout the year."

Charles Schuchat
Head of Brass Program & Artist Faculty, Tuba, Roosevelt University

"From the time I started playing trombone at the age of eleven I had the idea of someday studying in Chicago.It is a city that has over the years gained recognition as being at the center of the brass universe. I researched carefully to know which schools could provide me what I was looking for and I discovered that Roosevelt University was the perfect place for me. In addition to a variety of academic programs designed perfectly for each student, it also has a world class team of faculty who are absolutely committed to their students. I am enormously happy to have Roosevelt University as my Alma Mater."

Ignacio del Rey Tomas Biosca
MM - 2016, Diploma in Orchestral Studies - 2018,
Admission

Brass Audition Requirements

Horn

  • Undergraduate (BM): Two contrasting selections from standard horn repertoire; standard orchestral excerpts. 
  • Graduate (MM): Solos of the candidate’s choice from standard horn repertoire. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five orchestral excerpt. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Tenor Trombone

  • Undergraduate (BM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; either Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant, Concertino by David, or a work of similar difficulty. 
  • Graduate (MM): One Rochut Etude; one intermediate or advanced technical etude; two contrasting works by Bozza, Hindemith, Corelli, or Wagenseil. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 

Bass Trombone 

  • Undergraduate (BM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; two solo works in contrasting styles. 
  • Graduate (MM): One Rochut Melodious Etude; one advanced level Etude by Tommy Pederson; two solo works of contrasting styles. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Trumpet

  • Undergraduate (BM): Two representative etudes, one lyrical and one technical; a movement of a major concerto or sonata for trumpet (e.g. Hummel, Haydn, or Hindemith). 
  • Graduate (MM): A representative etude (e.g. one of Theo Charleir’s 36 Etudes Transcendantes or an etude or study of similar difficulty); either the Haydn or Hummel concerto; A sonata of the candidate’s choice. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto. 

Tuba

  • Undergraduate (BM): An etude (suggested composers: Kopprasch, Blazevich, Gallay); a solo such as Suite for Tuba by Haddad, Air & Bourèe by Bach, or similar. 
  • Graduate (MM): A complete concerto by Mozart or Strauss, or a work of similar difficulty. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts. 
  • Performance Diploma: Three major works, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented. 
  • Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies: Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto.
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