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Master of Music in Brass

Major code: M735

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

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Application Deadline

Applications for admission in Fall must be received by February 1. 

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Assistantships

There is no separate application for assistantship. Unless the applicant indicates otherwise, we assume that all applicants are interested in being considered for assistantships. Please note that assistantships are usually awarded for the Fall and Spring semesters together. We very seldom have assistantships available for anyone entering in a Spring semester. We do not award assistantships for Summer sessions.

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Procedure for Applying

Submit the online application (see the Graduate Admissions page) along with all materials described below. After submitting the online application, contact the appropriate member of the brass faculty to schedule an audition. More details about the audition can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Application materials required for all graduate degrees

These items must be submitted to the online graduate application system.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
    • Submitted to the online application under the Statement of Purpose tab
    • Why do you want this degree, and why do you want it from OU?
    • Include your reasons for applying, personal statement, and what you have learned about yourself and the field that has further stimulated your interest and reinforced your conviction that you are well suited to the field.
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Submitted to the online application under Recommendations tab
    • While all three of your letters of recommendation should be from someone who can speak to your ability to be a successful graduate student in a music program, we ask that you consider the following when requesting your recommendations:
      • One letter should be from a person who has considerable knowledge about your abilities as a performer, conductor, or composer (e.g.:  studio professor, ensemble conductor, chamber coach, etc.).
      • One letter should be from a person who can speak to your abilities as a scholar of music.

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Audition

After submitting the online application (see Graduate Admissions page), contact the appropriate member of the brass faculty to schedule an audition.

Online video auditions may be accepted with special permission from the audition committee. For basic acceptance into a graduate degree program, the audition requirements are the same for live or recorded auditions. If you have made arrangements with faculty to submit an online video audition, it will be submitted to the online application. Video files or links to online videos may be submitted under Digital Portfolio > Upload Media.

Applicants must complete a live audition to be considered for an assistantship.

With the approval of the applied teacher, a current undergraduate music or music education student at OU who plans to apply to the MM program within twelve months of his/her planned graduation from the undergraduate program may use his/her senior degree recital as the MM audition. The recital must meet MM audition requirements. In order for a faculty committee to be organized to attend the recital to evaluate it for MM application purposes, the student must inform all members of the brass faculty at least one week before the recital.

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  • The applicant shall prepare thirty minutes of music.
  • The audition should feature works of contrasting style periods, chosen to
    demonstrate musicianship and technical proficiency.
  • Sight-reading, including transposition and/or reading in different clefs (trombone
    and horn) may be required.
  • Trumpet players are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency on Bb, C, and
    piccolo trumpets
  • The audition will be presented without accompaniment.
  • The audition may include an interview with the members of the brass faculty.