As a TCU brass student, you’ll access a range of courses and opportunities that will equip you with the specific skills and guidance to grow as a musician.
The School of Music brings a broad array of guest artists, who are leaders in every corner of the profession, to perform on campus. Whether it’s hosting music festival events and concerts, clinics or guest artist recitals by legendary jazz, studio, orchestral, period and cutting-edge contemporary artists, TCU is a hub for renowned artists.
The TCU School of Music offers the following programs for brass:
- Bachelor of Music in wind and percussion performance
- Bachelor of Music Education with an instrumental concentration
- Master of Music in wind and percussion performance
- Doctor of Musical Arts in performance
In addition, the School of Music offers the Artist Diploma program for exceptional brass performers who seek a conservatory approach rather than the traditional course of study leading to an academic degree with a performance major. It’s available to both pre-baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students.
Admission & Auditions
Scholarships & Assistantships
Scholarship support is available for talented undergraduate and graduate music majors. Assistantships that include full-tuition remission plus a stipend are available for graduate students.
Jon Burgess, BM, MM, DMA – Division Chair of Brass, Associate Professor of Trumpet
David Begnoche, BM, MM, DMA – Associate Professor of Trombone
Richard Murrow, BME, MM – Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium
Heather Test, BM, MM – Instructor of French Horn
While working on your degree, you’ll live in one of the nation’s most culturally active communities, surrounded by world-class musicians and arts organizations. On campus, you’ll work with professors who are distinguished performers in their own right and who will guide you as mentors as well as teachers. You’ll work in TCU performance ensembles and orchestras, such as the Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, that take the stage not only locally but throughout the U.S. and abroad.
New Music Ensemble Program
Through your courses, you’ll have the opportunity to perform in TCU’s orchestra, wind bands, jazz ensembles, brass ensembles and chamber groups. All that experience, not to mention exposure to the wealth of top musicians who visit campus as performers and mentors, leads to a wide range of job opportunities, from teaching positions to orchestral spots to solo performances in the various genres of music.
Your faculty advisor will work with you to choose the right combination of courses and mentor you so you can reach your goals.
Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career consultant to learn more about everything Career Services has to offer music majors.