In the brass program, students are taught to perform Baroque music on period instruments as well as contemporary or improvisational music on modern instruments.

Each genre is explored in a structured program that emphasizes chamber music to develop good ensemble and aural skills. Solo repertoire is studied in a weekly master class as part of brass performance, where sectional rehearsals for the Symphony Orchestra are also scheduled.

To help develop good ensemble skills, there are also trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba ensembles, which tackle challenging repertoire, both contemporary and standard. Members of the brass faculty are dedicated teachers and highly visible performing musicians.