Brass

The brass area prepares students for professional success as musical performers, teachers, researchers, and leaders. We engage students in weekly private lessons, studio classes, and chamber coaching as they develop individually and embark on a diverse array of careers in music.

Meet Brass Faculty

About the Brass Area

The brass area at MSU consists of approximately 85 students whose major instruments are trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Primary degree programs are in performance and music education, and we maintain a healthy balance between undergraduate and graduate level students.

MSU brass faculty lead vigorous teaching schedules on campus, engage in regular masterclasses, and maintain active performing careers regionally, nationally, and internationally. Brass faculty have been members of, and continue to regularly perform with, orchestras including Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Grand Rapids, and Seattle; as well as ensembles such as the Canadian Brass, Detroit Chamber Winds, Monarch Brass, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and Burning River Brass.

  • Guest brass artists regularly visit our brass area and studios, and in recent years have included, among many:
  • Michael Sachs, principal trumpet, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Billy Hunter, co-principal trumpet, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Mark Inouye, principal trumpet, San Francisco Symphony
  • David Cooper, principal horn, Dallas Symphony
  • Karl Pituch, principal horn, Detroit Symphony
  • William VerMeulen, principal horn, Houston Symphony
  • Joseph Alessi, principal trombone, New York Philharmonic
  • Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Chicago Symphony
  • Ken Thompkins, principal trombone, Detroit Symphony
  • Lance LaDuke, professor of euphonium, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Gene Pokorny, principal tuba, Chicago Symphony
  • Les Neish, professor of tuba, Royal Northern College of Music

Within the brass area, there is an active culture of chamber music playing, as led by the faculty Beaumont Brass Quintet. We support a brass quintet program for students, as well as small ensemble playing opportunities within each studio.

The brass area offers assistantships in each studio, as well as scholarship awards based on audition and merit.