Conservatory of Music:

The Brass Program

Performance opportunities for brass students in the Conservatory of Music are many and varied. The brass program has a busy chamber music program where all students are tutored weekly in brass quintets, quartets, and/or trios. Horn students can also be tutored in wind quintets as part of the woodwind program. To help develop good ensemble skills, there are also trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba ensembles, which rehearse chamber and orchestral repertoire. Students in these ensembles also have the opportunity to study authentic performance practices on period instruments.

In addition to the cultural offerings in nearby New York City, brass students have the opportunity to hear world-renowned brass players perform on campus throughout the year at the Performing Arts Center. Past performances have included Wynton Marsalis, the New York Staff Band, Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, American Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass, and Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

Throughout the year, all students play in the Conservatory Brass Ensemble. This ensemble varies from 12 to 25 players and performs repertoire from the late 16th century to the present. The Conservatory Brass Ensemble gives regular performances on the Purchase College campus and around New York State.

An integral part of the brass program is the weekly Brass Performance and Ensemble, in which undergraduate and graduate students perform solo and chamber repertory in a master class environment. The program also includes seminars on performance techniques and lecture/recitals given by visiting artists from such organizations as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Finnish Radio, and London Symphony Orchestras. The main focus of the Brass Performance and Ensemble is to show students how to develop their performances methodically and to help them alleviate some of the problems associated with performance anxiety.

At the end of each semester, the brass faculty and students present an evening performance in the conservatory’s Recital Hall of all the repertory studied throughout the semester.

Direct inquiries to:
Graham Ashton
Professor of Music, Trumpet
Tel: (914) 251-6987