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Master's in Brass Performance [Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba] (MM)

The Master of Music in Brass Performance prepares students for a career as a solo, chamber, and ensemble performer through development of performance capability, advanced music analytical abilities, and ensemble skills.


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

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.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

Curriculum includes:

  • Private lessons
  • Ensembles
  • Professional preparation
  • Seminars in advanced music topics

More Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

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

Faculty

In addition to the individuals pictured below, Roosevelt’s professional artist faculty in brass performance includes Jon BoenGregory FlintDavid GriffinReed CapshawJay FriedmanNeal BerntsenChanning Philbrick and Mark Ridenour. Additional information for these faculty will be available soon.

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
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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