Building from a traditional brass foundation, these studies focus on contemporary brass works and performance practices, while also working to develop a radical expansion of the idiom. At the core, emphasis is on intensive ensemble work, while also offering an inclusive environment for the study of non-Western music, improvisation, technologies and interdisciplinary practices, with the aim of equipping students with skills to both create their own artistic voices and be prepared for and contribute to an ever-changing professional landscape.
In addition to receiving core instruction from CalArts’ well-known and innovative brass faculty, brass students have regularly benefited from an impressive array of internationally renowned visiting artists. Brass studies also maintains a roster of active leaders in the profession to act as advisors, primarily through a series of lectures and other consultations. To enable students to be prepared for the broadest possible career experience, many opportunities are available to draw from the wide array of expertise available among faculty in other areas, especially including the renowned brass faculty in CalArts’ Jazz Specialization.
Graduate and advanced undergraduate students of trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba are encouraged to apply. Additionally, established ensembles are also welcome. For a more in-depth exploration of the specialization, alumni media, and department blog, visit the brass website.