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Brass Chamber Music

Brass Quintet

These 5 top brass players (two trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba) are used as a mobile small ensemble for numerous performances on and off campus each year. Their repertoire includes powerful sacred and the best of standard brass quintet literature. This ensemble gives students the foundation needed to access much of the standard brass quintet performance practices.

Sample Repertoire

  • Quintets No. 1, 2, 3 by Victor Ewald
  • Quintet by Malcolm Arnold
  • Sextet by Oscar Boehme
  • Scherzo by John Cheetham
  • Centones by various composers
  • Lighter literature by various composers
  • Sacred literature by various composers

Tuba Quartet

The Tuba Quartet comprised of two euphoniums and two tubas plays standard and eclectic repertoire written for this standard combination of instruments. They have traveled to International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences (ITEC) to perform and are always a hit wherever they play. Coached by an LA professional tuba player, our students are learning the skills necessary to compete in today's music circles.

Sample Repertoire

  • Golliwogg’s Cakewalk by Claude Debussy, arr. Schmidt
  • Le Secret by Leonard Gautier, arr. Werden
  • Ave Verum by W.A. Mozart, arr. Sabourin
  • Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saiens, arr. Wilson
  • Canzona, La Spiritata by Giovanni Gabrieli, arr. Rauch
  • Pilgrimage and Reunion by Barbara York

How to Audition

Every student interested in performing with this ensemble must audition. Auditions will take place either the week before, or the first week of classes. A sign-up sheet of audition times will be posted on Professor Feller's office door, Room 114 in Crowell Hall.

Please be ready to perform two pieces of contrasting styles, one lyrical and one technical demonstrating both ends of your abilities. Two movements of solo literature from a concerto, sonata, or substantial piece is preferred. If this is not available, two contrasting etudes will suffice. Scales may be asked for as well.