DePauw University’s Brass Area is a distinguished program within the School of Music. An inherent mission of the DePauw Brass Faculty is to help all students obtain necessary tools for a complete education in music and to encourage disciplined study of music and research materials. The Brass Faculty is especially recognized for aid in student development, encouragement of high standards of performance, and promoting an atmosphere conducive to productive learning. DePauw Brass students are leaders within the university and among the most vibrant and active within the School of Music ensemble programs.
Brass professors teach and direct all applied lessons, brass classes, and brass ensembles. Brass faculty maintain active membership within the International Horn Society, International Trombone Association, International Trumpet Guild, International Tuba-Euphonium Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Additionally they are recitalists, studio artists, clinicians, and judges for state, regional, and national competitions.
- James Beckel, Trombone and Euphonium
- Robert Danforth, Horn
- Leonard Foy, Trumpet
- Orcenith Smith, Tuba
There are a variety of opportunities for brass majors, minors, and College of Liberal Arts students. Students may elect to participate through auditions held during the beginning of each semester.
DePauw University Orchestra
The DePauw University Orchestra, one of the first university orchestra programs in the United States, maintains an active schedule. The DePauw University Orchestra, an all-undergraduate organization, focuses on performing and reading music of the standard repertoire creating a four-year overview that is a cross-section of music including most style periods, regional influences and genres. The DePauw University Orchestra won an ASCAP Award for “Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music” in 1991. It was featured in May and June of 1996 on USAirways in-flight program “Ovation” performing works of Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and Grieg.
The Orchestra not only performs its own concerts (often broadcast live on WGRE-FM and the Internet), it plays for DePauw Opera productions, accompanies student Concerto Winners, and performs with the University Choirs with faculty and guest soloists. Conducting class and Orchestration class students also have benefit of time working with the DePauw University Orchestra.
DePauw Jazz Ensembles
The DePauw Jazz Ensemble performs on campus and in concert venues throughout Indiana, including combo performances in a club setting. Top artists regularly visit campus to perform with our ensembles and give master classes. All ensembles, classes, and master classes are open to all students on campus regardless of major. If you are searching for an environment in which you will learn how to play throughout all four years, and where you will graduate with a degree that opens doors, DePauw University and the Jazz Studies Program (an area of concentration leading to a minor) is for you. Recent guest artists include: Bobby Shew, Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, John Fedchock, Lynne Arriale, Steve Davis, David Berkman, Joe Wilder, Mike Longo, Jim Snidero, Bob Mintzer, and Joe Lovano.
DePauw University Band
The DePauw University Band is a select ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians, chosen by audition. Its repertoire is selected from a wide variety of high-quality literature for symphonic band and wind ensemble. The University Band presents five to six concert performances each year. In addition, the ensemble has been recognized internationally for its renowned CD Recording Project, an artistic endeavor dedicated to recording quality wind literature and highlighting the talents of DePauw University musicians.
Brass Chamber Music
Brass chamber music is offered each semester as a chamber ensemble. Brass students examine brass repertoire or additional instruments. Students may elect to participate in trombone choir, horn choir, and brass trio, quartet or quintet.
Master teachers are brought to campus to lead instructional and performance classes working with DePauw brass students. Recent clinicians include Velvet Brown, Tom Riccobono, and St. Louis Brass Quintet.
There are opportunities for semester study abroad or domestically in the US. Locations recently selected for study include Vienna, Milan, Paris, London, Dresden, New York, Philadelphia, and Florence.