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.​


General admission information

Audition procedures and repertoire:

Horn Audition
Trombone Audition
Trumpet Audition
Tuba Audition



JAN 14  
David Jolley, Horn, MSM Faculty Artist    
Peer Teaching and Gabrieli Antiphonal Canzonas

JAN 21  
Amr Selim, Horn, Guest Artist and Lecturer
Playing Arabic Music on the Horn

JAN 28   
Richard Deane, Associate Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic

FEB 4 
Haim Avitsur, Tenor Trombone, MSM Faculty Artist

FEB 11  
Perry So, Conductor
The Mahler Project: Orchestral Reading of Mahler’s 7th Symphony

FEB 25
Wolfgang Strasser, Associate Principal Trombone, Vienna Philharmonic

MAR 14
James Miller, Associate Principal Trombone, Los Angeles Philharmonic

MAR 24
David Bernard, Conductor
Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra: A Joint Reading with Woodwind Lab Class

MAR 31
Joe Burgstaller, Trumpet, MSM Faculty Artist
Video Workshop I

Joe Burgstaller, Trumpet, MSM Faculty Artist           
Video Workshop II

APR 13
New York Brass Arts Trio
Chamber Music Master Class

APR 14
Perry So, Conductor 
The Mahler Project: Orchestral Reading of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony

APR 21
Ethan Bensdorf, Trumpet, New York Philharmonic, MSM Faculty Artist 

Fall 2015 Brass Lab Master Classes 

Sept 24: David Taylor, MSM Faculty Artist, internationally known bass trombone soloist: "Style is Not Built on Strengths Alone"
Oct 1: Joe Burgstaller, MSM Faculty Artist, internationally known bass trombone soloist
Oct 8: Vincent Penzarella, MSM Faculty Artist, New York Philharmonic, ret.: "Preparing Mentally for an Excellent Performance"
Oct 15: Haim Avitsur: MSM Faculty Artist, Internationally known soloist
Oct 22: Jamie Sommerville, Visiting Brass Lab Artist, Principal Horn, Boston Symphony
Nov 5: Kyle Turner, MSM Faculty Artist, American Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's
Nov 12: Tom Smith, MSM Faculty Artist, New York Philharmonic: "Audition Prep: Audition Excellence"
Nov 16: Fergus McWilliam Visiting Guest Artist, Berlin Philharmonic
Nov 19: New York Brass Arts Trio, MSM Faculty Artist Joe Brugstaller, Haim Avitsur and David Jolley


David Jolley

Department Chair

Brass Faculty

David Jolley  (Horn, Brass Chair)
Haim Avitsur  (Trombone)
Michelle Baker  (Horn)
Ethan Bensdorf  (Trumpet)
Per Brevig  (Trombone)
Joe Burgstaller  (Trumpet)
David Finlayson  (Trombone)
Javier Gàndara  (Horn)
Mark Gould  (Trumpet)
Stephen Norrell  (Bass Trombone)
Vincent Penzarella  (Trumpet)
Thomas Smith  (Trumpet)
Allen Spanjer  (Horn)
Dave Taylor  (Trombone)
Kyle Turner  (Tuba)