The programs of study for brass majors are designed to develop skilled performers who are familiar with the standard solo, ensemble, and orchestral literature for their instruments. Students will achieve a high degree of professional competence and appropriate stylistic approaches to the literature of various historical periods. All students fulfill an ensemble requirement as outlined in their course sequence plans and as assigned by the School. In addition to studies with our expert faculty, students are provided additional opportunities to play for and observe world-renowned guest artists.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​

Brass Department Handbook


General admission information

Audition procedures and repertoire:

Horn AuditionTrombone AuditionTrumpet AuditionTuba Audition


A core of the Brass education at MSM, the Brass lab class meets two hours per week and features an array of brass-related topics, master classes, and skill workshops to augment students’ training.In the 2015-2016 year alone, the following artists and master classes are scheduled for Brass Lab:

*Classes Open to the Public surrounding 2016 Brass Auditions:

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 10AM-12PM in Ades Performance Space Wolfgang Strasser, Associate Principal Trombone, Vienna PhilharmonicMonday, March 14, 2016, 3PM-5PM in Greenfield Recital Hall James Miller, Associate Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic MSM Faculty Master Class ArtistsDavid Jolley, Horn, MSM Faculty ArtistEthan Bensdorf, Trumpet, New York Philharmonic, MSM Faculty ArtistDavid Taylor, MSM Faculty Artist, internationally known bass trombone soloistVincent Penzarella, MSM Faculty Artist, New York Philharmonic (retired)Kyle Turner, MSM Faculty Artist, American Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’sTom Smith, MSM Faculty Artist, New York Philharmonic Guest Artist Master ClassesHaim Avitsur, Tenor Trombone, Internationally known soloistAmr Selim, Horn, Guest Artist and LecturerRichard Deane, Associate Principal Horn, New York PhilharmonicWolfgang Strasser, Associate Principal Trombone, Vienna PhilharmonicJames Miller, Associate Principal Trombone, Los Angeles PhilharmonicJoe Burgstaller, Trumpet, Internationally known soloistNew York Brass Arts Trio, Chamber Music Master ClassJamie Sommerville, Principal Horn, Boston SymphonyFergus McWilliam: Horn Master Class, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral ReadingsThe Mahler Project: Orchestral Reading of Mahler’s 7th SymphonyPerry So, ConductorThe Mahler Project: Orchestral Reading of Mahler’s 3rd SymphonyPerry So, ConductorBartok’s Concerto for Orchestra: A Joint Reading with Woodwind Lab ClassDavid Bernard, Conductor Lab Class Topics"Style is Not Built on Strengths Alone""Audition Prep: Audition Excellence""Preparing Mentally for an Excellent Performance"“Peer Teaching and Gabrieli Antiphonal Canzonas”“Playing Arabic Music on the Horn”


David Jolley

Department Chair

Brass Faculty

David Jolley  (Horn, Brass Chair)
Haim Avitsur  (Trombone)
Michelle Baker  (Horn)
Ethan Bensdorf  (Trumpet)
Per Brevig  (Trombone)
Richard Deane  (Horn)
David Finlayson  (Trombone)
Javier Gàndara  (Horn)
Billy Ray Hunter  (Trumpet)
David Krauss  (Trumpet)
Stephen Norrell  (Bass Trombone)
Thomas Smith  (Trumpet)
Allen Spanjer  (Horn)
Dave Taylor  (Trombone)
Kyle Turner  (Tuba)
Colin Williams  (Trombone)