Students in the brass area enjoy studying with a wide array of world-renowned experts. In addition to studying with master performers and teachers, students also have the opportunity to perform in award-winning large ensembles such as the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Symphony Band. Recent repertoire has included Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

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. Recent repertoire has included Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, Oliver Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques, Stravinsky’s Octet, and Strauss’ Serenade in E-flat.

Graduates of the Mary Pappert School of Music can be seen performing in the nation’s top professional performing ensembles such the Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, and various military bands in Washington, D.C.

Graduate Students

The Triano Woodwind Quintet, an exciting opportunity for students interested in graduate studies, is now accepting applications for horn.

Brass Faculty

Nova, James - Brass Area Coordinator


,             Gourlay, James 412.396.6080


,             Houghton, Mark 412.396.6080 Smith, Zachary 412.396.6080


,             Bush, Jeff 412.396.6080 Dee, Jeff 412.396.6080 Kocher, Edward 412.396.6080 Nova, James 412.396.6080


,             Lirette, Charles 412.396.6080 Winkler, Chad 412.396.6080 Winkler, John 412.396.6080


,             Gourlay, James 412.396.6080 VanOuse, Philip 412.396.6080

Upcoming Brass Area Events

Visit our Calendar of Events to see our full list of concerts and recitals.