Brass

Welcome to Lynn’s brass department. We have thoughtfully crafted our brass curriculum to provide the tools necessary to succeed as a brass player in today’s challenging music world. What sets Lynn apart from other performance-driven institutions is our intimate studio size. All students enrolled at Lynn begin playing in our ensembles from the day they arrive. Whether you are a freshman or graduate student, you will fully participate in all of our ensembles. These ensembles include orchestra, wind ensemble, brass orchestral repertoire class, brass ensemble and chamber music. Individual performance opportunities include mock auditions, juries and a weekly performance forum where the entire conservatory comes together to perform for each other in the presence of the faculty. Whether you are just beginning your journey and are looking to build a strong musical and technical foundation or are looking for the final steps toward winning an audition, Lynn is an extraordinary place to be. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
–Marc Reese

A student brass quintet performs at the weekly Performance Forum

Curricular Highlights

Weekly
  • Lessons and studio classes with Artist Faculty
  • Brass Quintet Coaching
  • Brass Orchestral Repertoire Class
  • Performance Forum
Annually
  • Philharmonia (6)
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Brass Department Recital
  • New Music Festival
  • January Term Department Projects
  • Concerto Competition
 

Recent Master Classes

Trumpet
  • Philip Smith, NY Philharmonic
  • Michael Sachs, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Judith Saxton, North Carolina School for the Arts
  • Robert Sullivan, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Roy Poper, Oberlin
  • Ken Larson, Interlochen
  • William Hunter, Metropolitan Opera
  • Jeffrey Work, Oregon Symphony
  • Charles Lazarus, Minnesota Orchestra
French Horn
  • Richard King, Cleveland Orchestra
  • William Cabballero, Pittsburgh Symphony
  • Eric Ruske, Boston University
  • Hans Clebsch, Cleveland Orchestra
  • William Slocum, Youngstown State University
 
Trombone
  • Joseph Alessi, NY Philharmonic
  • Massimo La Rosa, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Michael Becker, University of Georgia
  • Richard Stout, Cleveland Orchestra
  • Andrew Glendening, University of Redlands
  • Charles Vernon, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • James Markey, New York Philharmonic
  • Darrin Milling, Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra
Tuba
  • Gene Pokorny, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Steve Campbell, Minnesota Orchestra
  • Craig Knox, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Prelude music for the annual Brass Bash 

Recent Brass Department J-Term Projects

Audrey Destito, BM '09
  • Brass gym/breathing gym daily sessions
  • Audition preparation
  • Preparing a preliminary audition recording
  • Techniques for making a high quality recording
  • Proper preparation of an audition list
  • Résumé and cover letter preparation
  • Setting goals and meeting deadlines
  • Student presentations on the heritage of their instrument
  • Exploring players and teachers of the past
  • Producing, recording and editing your own CD
  • Exploring Web resources