Brass Performance

Brass Performance Faculty

Faculty Member Title Contact Biography
Dr. Karen Robertson
Professor of Horn
Room 308, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-6456
Dr. James Stokes Jr.
Professor of Trumpet
Room 311, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-8595
Dr. Beth Wiese
Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Rom 309, Broyhill Music Center
(828) 262-7707

Mission Statement

The Master of Music degree in Performance provides a comprehensive education in music as an expression of artistic talent with a thorough knowledge of pedagogy and applied literature. The degree offers the student performer the opportunity to develop high levels of musicianship and instill a lifelong desire to participate creatively as a dedicated artist, performer, scholar, and teacher.

Admissions Information

General Admission Requirements

Audition Requirements

All graduate applicants should prepare the following:

  • All major and minor scales and arpeggios, covering two or more octaves as possible.
  • 10-15 minutes of contrasting selections from the candidate’s current repertoire* of solos, etudes and/or excerpts. Demonstration from a variety of music periods is suggested (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, etc.).
  • Candidates will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading abilities. 

*Please bring a list of current and past repertoire and a resume/CV to the audition* 

  • Contact the brass faculty member for your instrument listed above to schedule an audition.

Download the audition form, fill out the information on page one, and bring the complete form to your audition.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Master of Music in Performance Semester Hours Required (minimum): 32 or 35 - varies by concentration - see below
Required Courses
  • AMU 6xxx: Applied Music (8) 
  • MUS 5006: Philosophy of Music (3)
  • MUS 5170: Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians (3)
  • MUS 5013: History of Musical Style (3) 
  • MUS 5018: Applied Area Literature – topics depend upon concentration (3) 
  • MUS 5600: Analytical Techniques (3)
ConcentrationPerformance Concentration (Codes: Trumpet, 558Q; Horn, 558F; Trombone, 558P; Euphonium, 558Y; Tuba 558R) 
Semester hours required for the degree (minimum): 32
  • MUS 5100: Performance Ensemble (1+1+1+1=4)
  • MUS 5998: Master of Music in Performance Recital (2)
  • 3 s.h. of music electives chosen in consultation with an advisor

Schedule of Course Offerings

Courses offered each Fall Semester:

  • MUS 5170 Professional and Scholarly Practices for Musicians
  • MUS 5600 Analytical Techniques 

Courses offered each Spring Semester:

  • MUS 5006 Philosophy of Music 
  • MUS 5013 History of Musical Style 
  • MUS 5602 Music Theory Pedagogy (Even years only)

Recital Requirements

  • A recital will be presented while the student is in residence and actively studying the applied major instrument. Difficulty level of the literature performed will be equal to or greater than that of the entrance audition. A jury performance will be given for the woodwind or brass faculty two to four weeks in advance of the scheduled recital. 
  • A recital of forty-five to sixty minutes that includes representative works from at least two different musical style periods will be presented. With the approval of the applied teacher, one selection may be for chamber ensemble.

Assistantships and Scholarships