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Lawrence Isaacson, Chair


Brass Performance

(Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba)

"This program teaches you real world skills and gives you more opportunities to perform a diverse range of genres and styles. The Boston Conservatory has really shaped me as an artist and, more importantly, as an individual." 
—John Niro (B.M. '15, Trombone)

Your Training

Every aspect of your brass training at The Boston Conservatory focuses on you and your professional readiness, with the added benefit of low teacher-to-student ratio. Specific performance issues of brass instruments are addressed in weekly seminar classes, where students are given the opportunity to perform. Your non-traditional brass training includes classes in Alexander Technique, jazz improvisation and career skills.


  • Performance
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Ear Training
  • Theory & Musicology Electives
  • Music History
  • Conducting
  • Piano Class
  • Applied Lessons and Recitals
  • Major Ensemble: Instrumental
  • Chamber Music
  • Brass Pedagogy
  • Orchestral Repertoire
  • Brass Performance Seminar
  • Music Electives
  • Liberal Arts Courses
  • Concert and Recital Attendance

Your Teachers

You will work and study with professional artists. The brass faculty includes members of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera orchestras, as well as today’s most active solo and chamber musicians. Recent guest artists have included trumpeter, George Vosburgh (Pittsburgh Symphony), trombonist Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic) and tubist Gene Pokomy (Chicago Symphony).

Brass Faculty 

Lawrence Isaacson, Chair


Your Department

Average number of undergraduate wind students: 10

Average number of graduate wind students: 15

Your Performance Opportunities

The variety of performance opportunities here gives you professional experience. During your stay at The Boston Conservatory, you perform with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, chamber group and the Orchestra Repertoire class. In addition to your solo recitals, you will have the opportunity to play in the pit orchestra for opera, dance and theater productions.

On Campus

  • The Boston Conservatory Brass Ensemble
  • The Boston Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Low Brass Ensemble
  • The Boston Conservatory Orchestra
  • The Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta
  • The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Contemporary and new music ensembles
  • Individually coached chamber groups
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • Orchestral repertoire class
  • Pit orchestras for opera, dance and theater productions
  • Student composer collaborations
  • Solo recitals 

Off Campus

  • Community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local music ensembles
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office


Your Future

Our students and graduates have won many prestigious competitions and are performing and teaching successfully throughout the world, earning positions and placements with renowned ensembles, felowships and awards.


  • Albany Symphony
  • Alea III
  • Atlantic Brass Quintet
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Philharmonic
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Broadway in Boston
  • Celebrity series of Boston
  • Concert Pops of Long Island
  • Merrick Symphony
  • Discovery Ensemble
  • Emmanuel music
  • Epic Brass Quintet
  • Greensboro Symphony (NC)
  • Iris Orchestra
  • National Lyric Opera
  • National Philharmonic (DC)
  • New York pops (quintet soloist)
  • Opera Boston
  • Portland (ME) Symphony
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Synergy Brass Quintet
  • Triton Brass Quintet
  • Vermont Symphony

Music Festivals

  • Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Bar Harbor Institute
  • Eastern Music Festival
  • Hot springs Music Festival
  • Monteux School
  • National Youth Orchestra of Canada
  • Tanglewood Music Center
  • Youth Orchestra of the Americas


  • Concert Artist's Guild
  • Fischoff Chamber Music Competition – Silver and Bronze Medals
  • International Chamber Music Competition, Lyon, France – Silver Medal
  • New York Brass Conference Brass Quintet Competition – First Prize, Third Prize
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