music

Brass

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in performance and education (double concentration)
  • Master of Music (MM) in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in performance

Instruments Taught

  • Euphonium
  • Horn
  • Trombone (tenor and bass)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

Philosophy

The Mason Gross brass program offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, providing a rich curriculum of courses spanning performance practice, private instruction, practical research, and hands-on training.  Classes are small, and performance opportunities are abundant.  The brass program supplies students with a firm foundation for a career in music, whether the goal is to perform, teach, or prepare for further study.

Coursework

Students receive a weekly 60-minute lesson with their major performance teacher. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. Theory courses emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of world music, Western tradition, and a variety of special study courses.

Faculty

The brass faculty boasts members of the New York Philharmonic, American Brass Quintet, Metropolitan Opera Orchesta, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Head of Brass: Alan Baer
Coordinator of Brass: James Busuito
Euphonium: Aaron Vanderwheele
Trombone: Noreen Baer, George Curran (bass), Weston Sprott (tenor), Conrad Herwig (jazz), and Colin Williams
Tuba: Alan Baer
 

Performance Opportunities

Ensemble participation is a fundamental part of your education in the brass program. In addition to an annual concerto competition students have ample opportunity to perform in our over 300 performances each year with small and large ensembles including the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Sinfonia, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble, and the Marching Scarlet Knights.