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Professor Brian Dobbins
  • Tuba and Euphonium
Dr. Matthew Reynolds
  • Horn
Dr. Lacey Phelps
  • Trumpet
Dr. Irvin Wagner
  • Trombone, Area Chair


The Brass Studies Area prepares students for advanced academic study or a professional career in music, focusing on the horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba. Students benefit from working with some of the nation's best artists and teachers, all of whom are active symphonic musicians. Students receive close mentorship and guidance from OU's world-renowned faculty/artists in weekly master classes, brass repertory classes, and private music lessons.

Performance is a vital component of music education in the Brass Studies Area, and students in the program participate in nationally acclaimed large ensembles, as well as a variety of faculty-mentored chamber ensembles. Professional performance experience available to OU students include orchestral, theater, jazz, commercial, and recording industry venues. Students also regularly participate in competitions and workshops throughout the country, where they have garnered numerous awards for their outstanding performances and musicianship.

Graduates of the Brass Studies Area at the School of Music have had great success in the performance and education fields. Many of our graduates are active symphonic performers and are on music faculties at many universities across the United States. Our education majors also have distinguished themselves in the public schools, having been recognized as leaders in the profession and operating award-winning music programs.

Brass students have also been accepted into the most prestigious music academies and graduate programs throughout the country.