Performance Departments

Brass

 

 
The Conservatory's Brass Department features a world-class faculty, all of whom are current or past members of the San Francisco Symphony. Small studio sizes and a close-knit faculty allow students to work closely not only with their studio teacher, but with other members of the brass faculty as well.
 
 HORN DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Horn audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Three horn faculty, all members of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Small studio size: never more than eight students in the department
  • Personal attention
  • Extensive performance opportunities
  • Two or more Brass Ensemble performances per year
  • Two or more Brass and Woodwind chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra

FACULTY
Jonathan Ring
Bruce Roberts
Robert Ward

We encourage prospective students to contact the horn faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The horn faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.
 
TROMBONE DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Trombone audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Three faculty, all present or past members of the San Francisco Symphony (Mark Lawrence, recently retired from principal trombone position)
  • Small studio size: never more than nine students in the department (six tenor and three bass)
  • Personal attention
  • Extensive performance opportunities
  • Two or more Brass Ensemble performances per year
  • Two or more Brass and Woodwind chamber concerts a year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra

FACULTY
John Engelkes (bass)
Timothy Higgins (tenor)
Mark Lawrence (tenor) chair, brass department
Paul Welcomer (tenor)

We encourage prospective students to contact the trombone faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The trombone faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

 

TRUMPET DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Trumpet audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Faculty member Mark Inouye is principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony
  • Faculty member Adam Luftman is principal trumpet of the San Francisco Opera
  • Two faculty with strong connections to the San Francisco performance scene
  • Small studio size: never more than eight students in the department
  • Personal attention
  • Extensive performance opportunities
  • Mario Guarneri invented the BERP and performed 15 seasons with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and ten seasons as principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
  • Dave Burkhart has served as principal trumpet of the Santa Fe Opera, as well as the Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose and Jerusalem symphonies, and as acting principal of San Francisco Opera and the San Diego Symphony
  • Two or more Brass Ensemble performances per year
  • Two or more Brass and Woodwind chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra
  • Please visit the trumpet stuido facebook page here!


FACULTY
Dave Burkhart
Mario Guarneri
Mark Inouye
Adam Luftman

We encourage prospective students to contact the trumpet faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The trumpet faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program.

 


TUBA DEPARTMENT: AT A GLANCE
Tuba audition repertoire can be found here.

  • Two faculty, principals with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras
  • The tuba program, both undergraduate and graduate, never exceeds two students
  • Personal attention
  • Extensive performance opportunities
  • Jeffrey Anderson is principal tuba with the San Francisco Symphony
  • Peter Wahrhaftig is principal tuba with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras
  • Two or more Brass Ensemble performances per year
  • Two or more Brass and Woodwind chamber concerts per year
  • Annual Brass and Woodwind Concerto Competition - winner performs with the Conservatory Orchestra


FACULTY
Jeffrey Anderson
Peter Wahrhaftig

We encourage prospective students to contact the tuba faculty to arrange a consultative lesson. The tuba faculty and the Office of Admission are happy to answer any specific questions that you have about our program
 

Conservatory Orchestra 2013-2014

Brahms Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.73 | Sept 28, 8pm and Sept 29, 2pm
Debussy Trois Nocturnes: Nuages and FêtesRachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op.45 | Nov 2, 8pm and Nov 3, 2pm
Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von WeberBrahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15 | Nov 23, 8pm and Nov 24, 2pm
Mozart Symphony No.41 in C Major, K.551 "Jupiter"Strauss Don Juan, Op.20 | Feb 15, 8pm
Stravinsky The Firebird | May 3, 8pm

John Thiessen, natural trumpet masterclass | Jan 20 7:30pm 

 
CLASSES TO VISIT

Orchestra
New Music Ensemble
Brass Choir
Horn Class
Trumpet Class
Low Brass Class