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School of Fine ArtsMusic Department

Brass Performance

Brass Area

University of Connecticut Brass Area faculty provide the technical guidance, interpretive mentoring, and creative inspiration required for our students to become successful student-artists, and subsequently, successful 21st century artist-citizens.

To achieve this, students can expect to receive a balanced emphasis in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance opportunity in the Department of Music, and will benefit from the musical and professional insights of our studio faculty through attentive, customized one-on-one weekly instruction.


Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Robert Hoyle, horn
Matthew Russo, trombone
James Jackson III, euphonium
Gary Sienkiewicz, tuba


Degree Offerings:

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Music Degree
Music Education (5-year Integrated Bachelors/Masters program in conjunction with NEAG School of Education)
Performer’s Certificate (Major Instrument or Chamber Music)
Master of Music Degree
Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree

Studio Lessons:

Music Majors receive weekly, one-on-one instruction with a member of the brass faculty. Brass Area faculty are highly regarded and experienced Artist-Teachers, able to address the aesthetic and professional goals of each and every student while broadening the scope of each student’s technique and artistic identity.

Brass Chamber Music:

The Brass Area provides a unique niche in music learning and performance through its emphasis in chamber music collaboration. Chamber music is the key to autonomous learning, the development of leadership and citizenry traits through music, and the formation of a unique artistic identity. Students that participate in the Brass Area’s many chamber ensembles (brass quintets, quartets, trio, modern and baroque trumpet ensembles, horn quartets, low brass ensembles) can expect coaching from select brass faculty in areas of chamber music performance, and process.

Large Ensembles:

Music Majors have the opportunity to participate in our many Large Ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Symphony Orchestra, and the Marching/Athletic Bands.

Undergraduate Audition Requirements:

Two movements (of contrasting style) of any concerto or equivalent work
Choose one from the following (or any combination thereof):

An etude of choice
An orchestral excerpt of choice
A different solo work of choice

Sight reading and/or scales may be required at the discretion of the faculty.

Graduate Audition Requirements:

Contact the Brass Area Studio Teacher for Specific Audition Requirements

For Further Information:

For questions regarding the application/audition process
Department of Music
Phone: (860) 486-3728
Fax: (860) 486-3796

For questions regarding brass study at UConn

Louis Hanzlik, Ed.D.
Coordinator of the Brass Area
(860) 486-4287

For questions regarding the undergraduate curriculum

Peter Kaminsky
Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music
(860) 486-2758


For questions regarding the graduate curriculum

Alain Frogley
Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Music
(860) 486-4783