Brass Ensembles

Brass at Gustavus... this phrase embodies our commitment to the highest musical standards for our brass students and faculty, standards that are reflected in every lesson and performance. In addition to the concerts presented by each ensemble during the year, Gustavus brass students are encouraged to participate in our competitions, master classes, Monday Night Recitals, solo chapel performances and brass chamber ensembles.


Heavy Brass

Brass Ensemble Pages

Brass Choir

Melissa Morey, conductor
The Gustavus Brass Choir is a large brass ensemble, sometimes combining with percussion, performing music from all periods. The Brass Choir performs several times a year -- Daily Sabbath in Christ Chapel, around campus, and at the annual Brassworks! concert in Bjorling Recital Hall. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Horn Choir

Melissa Morey, conductor
The Gustavus Horn Choir is open to all horn players on campus, performs music of all genres, and focuses on camaraderie and joy of playing the horn. The Horn Choir performs several times a year at various recitals and around campus, including Daily Sabbath, students recitals, and the annual Brassworks! concert in Bjorling Recital Hall.
Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Chapel Brass

Jonathan Brandt, conductor
Our top brass quintet plays in chapel and performs recitals throughout the area.
Rehearsal are Fridays from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Trombone Choir

Scott Moore, conductor
The most incredible sound in the solar system!
Rehearsals are TBA

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Trygve Skaar, conductor
How low can you go? While the music can be incredibly challenging, the results are truly rewarding.
Rehearsals are TBA

Other Brass Groups

Tired of counting measures while the clarinets rehearse? Have you depleted your supply of crossword puzzles during orchestra? Try a little chamber music, the cure for the common musical experience! The technical and musical challenges presented in the brass chamber literature help students reach their goals as musicians. Gustavus offers a number of quintets, quartets and trios for this purpose. Hornists are also encouraged to play in one of the numerous woodwind quintets.

Booking Information

Our students may tour the world with the larger ensembles, but many people may not know how often Gustavus ensembles play for schools and churches throughout the Midwest. If you want to bring Gustavus brass ensembles to your church or school, contact Rev. Grady St. Dennis in the Gustavus Office of Church Relations at 507-933-7661.

Would your students enjoy a master class with one of our brass chamber ensembles? Contact Scott Moore at 507-933-6260 for more details.


Brass Faculty
NameTitle
Scott MooreAssociate Professor of MusicBrass Ensembles, Music Theory, (trombone and euphonium)
Steve WrightProfessor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus - MusicComposer, Arranger and Jazz Studies, (trumpet)