Brass Studies at the University of Oregon


UO students enjoy access to the only full-time brass faculty in the state, as well as a leading faculty expert in Arnold Jacobs wind and brass pedagogy, in an environment open to experimentation. The dynamic musicians of the brass faculty actively perform, both locally and nationally, and bring that experience back to the classroom.

It’s also important to the brass faculty that their students travel, tour, and perform. Individual studios frequently hit the road to visit conferences, concerts, and symposiums, both regionally and nationally.

A Sense of Community

Never let it be said that UO brass student don't have the collective noses to the grindstone. Rehearsing is important, but that doesn’t mean there’s no time for barbecuing and bowling.

The faculty members of the UO's brass area encourage a sense of teamwork and collegiality. The horn studio has played together at the top of nearby Spencer Butte, and even entered a team in a 5K run to support a local animal shelter.

Each spring the tuba-euphonium studio challenges another studio to an ultimate disc championship. And every October the low brass ensembles join forces for a “Halloween SpookTastic” concert…performed in costume!

Performance Opportunities

  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Oregon Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Campus Band
  • Apocalyptic Brass (low brass)
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Horn Ensemble
  • Trombone Ensemble
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
  • Jazz ensembles
  • Chamber music
  • Athletic bands