Master of Music in Brass Performance

M.M.
Two-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s master’s program in brass performance prepares students for vibrant careers in music through specialized performance and audition training, a broad range of opportunities to perform publicly and refine musicianship, and focused studies in career building and entrepreneurship.

Performance opportunities are plentiful at the conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, brass graduate students participate and act as leaders in a number of conservatory ensemble groups, such as Brass Ensemble and Orchestra. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, students rehearse and perform with various ensembles each semester, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, wind ensembles, contemporary ensembles, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions.

Throughout the program, students work closely with esteemed faculty members in private lessons to hone their artistic voice and build their technical skills. In order to achieve professional readiness by the end of the program, students will expand their audition and performance repertoire, compile professional materials, and begin to articulate their career goals.

What It Takes to Succeed

Individuals who thrive in the brass performance graduate program are driven by their desire to pursue a meaningful career in the arts. They are committed to becoming masters of their instruments and experts in a vast range of styles and genres, from standard repertoire, to early music, to classical contemporary.

Core Curriculum

In their first year, students expand upon their artistic skills and ensemble performance techniques, while continuing to build their knowledge of brass repertoire and music history. They participate in a variety of ensembles, take brass pedagogy courses, attend weekly brass performance seminars, and receive weekly lessons with their private teacher, in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus opportunities to build their own teaching studios with the pedagogical knowledge obtained in brass pedagogy courses.

In the second year of the program, students continue to perform with ensembles and prepare a degree recital with their private studio teacher, adding on elective courses to enhance their musical studies, such as the Alexander Technique, Career Skills for Musicians, and Conducting, to name a few. For their degree recital, students are responsible for coordinating with their fellow student instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a program of music that showcases their unique skills and abilities.

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Your Future

Alumni of the conservatory’s brass performance master's program enjoy full-time careers performing with emerging and renowned ensembles, teaching at private studios, and serving as arts administrators at esteemed organizations across the country, including:

Ensembles

  • Albany Symphony
  • Alea III
  • Atlantic Brass Quintet
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Philharmonic
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Celebrity Series of Boston
  • Emmanuel Music
  • Epic Brass Quintet
  • Greensboro Symphony
  • Iris Orchestra
  • Montreal Symphony
  • National Lyric Opera
  • National Philharmonic
  • New York Pops
  • Opera Boston
  • Portland Symphony
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Synergy Brass Quintet
  • Triton Brass Quintet
  • Vermont Symphony

Music Festivals

  • Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Bar Harbor Institute
  • Eastern Music Festival
  • Hot Springs Music Festival
  • Monteux School
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • Youth Orchestra of the Americas

Awards

  • Concert Artist's Guild
  • Fischoff Chamber Music Competition – Silver and Bronze Medals
  • International Chamber Music Competition, Lyon, France – Silver Medal
  • New York Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition – First Prize, Third Prize

How to apply