For more than 40 years, the Bienen School of Music’s brass program has enjoyed the highest international reputation as well as a close relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to private lessons, brass-specific instruction includes studio classes, orchestral excerpt classes, and chamber music. Students also have access to the many resources found only at a major research university as well as the thriving world-class cultural scene in the Chicagoland area. Many develop active freelance careers during their student years.

Each year, Northwestern brass students and alumni amass prizes and honors at the highest level. Many trumpet students have placed first in the International Trumpet Competition. Tubists have won the Leonard Falcone Competition and the Portia International Competition. The brass section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago -- the training orchestra of the CSO -- and the New World Symphony have included many current Northwestern students and alumni.

All DMA students receive a full-tuition scholarship, stipend, and fully subsidized health insurance.

Graduates of the brass program hold important positions in performing and academic institutions worldwide, including:

  • New York Philharmonic
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • San Francisco Orchestra
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
  • U.S. Army and Navy Bands
  • "The President's Own" United States Marine Band
  • The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra