music

Brass

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in performance
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in music education; major instrument in the brass area
  • Bachelor of Music (BM) Degree with a concentration in composition; secondary instrument in the brass area
  • Master of Music (MM) Degree in performance
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) Degree in performance

Note: BM students may opt to double-concentrate in two of the programs listed above (performance and music education, performance and composiiton, or composition and music education).

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 for 12 weeks. Participation in recitals and ensembles is an essential aspect of the program. At the undergraduate level, courses in music theory emphasize aural skills, analytical techniques, and the writing of tonal harmony and counterpoint. The music-history curriculum includes a rigorous examination of Western art music, principles of ethnomusicology, and a variety of special study courses. In the MM and DMA degree programs, students supplement their professional-level training in performance with courses in musicology, music theory, and music literature. The AD program is more narrowly focused on professional-level training in performance.

Faculty

The brass faculty boasts members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchesta, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as renowned soloists and chamber musicians.

Head of Brass: Kenneth DeCarlo
Coordinator of Brass: Christopher Delgado
Euphonium: Aaron Vanderwheele
Trombone: Noreen Baer, George Curran (bass), Weston Sprott (tenor), Brian Santero, and John Romero
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.