Study with a wide array of world-renowned experts. In addition to studying with master performers and teachers, you will also have the opportunity to perform in award-winning large ensembles such as the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. 

Chamber music also plays a very important role in our students’ education. Students frequently perform in brass quintets, brass choir, and other wind chamber groups. 

Graduates of the Mary Pappert School of Music can be seen performing in the nation’s top professional performing ensembles such the GRAMMY Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, and various military bands in Washington, DC

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Graduate Students

We are proud to offer highly competitive Graduate Performance Awards and Assistantships that can cover up to 100% of tuition.

 

Questions About Studying Brass?

Contact the Brass Area Coordinator

James Nova

Adjunct Professor of Trombone; Brass Area Coordinator

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Trumpet Faculty

J.D. Chaisson

J.D. Chaisson

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet

Micah Wilkinson

Micah Wilkinson

Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson

Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

Horn Faculty

Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton

Adjunct Professor of Horn

Trombone Faculty

Jeff Bush

Jeff Bush

Adjunct Professor of Trombone; Assistant Program Director of Jazz Studies

James Nova

James Nova

Adjunct Professor of Trombone; Brass Area Coordinator

Sebastian Vera

Sebastian Vera

Adjunct Professor of Trombone

Euphonium/Tuba Faculty

Dr. James Gourlay

Dr. James Gourlay

Director of Bands; Adjunct Professor of Euphonium; Adjunct Professor of Tuba

Upcoming Brass Events

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Guest Artist Master Class/Recital: Peter Steiner, trombone & Constanze Hochwartner, piano

Pianist/organist Constanze Hochwartner and trombonist Peter Steiner have been performing...

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American Horn Quartet LIVE

Entering its fourth decade, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field...

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  • Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
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Duquesne University Brass Choir

Dr. James Gourlay, Director of Bands

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  • Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom, Power Center
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