The School of Music, housed in Duerksen Fine Arts Center, has developed programs in music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/ literature, conducting, and theory/composition which are significant in size and quality and are highly acclaimed throughout the nation. In part, this is due to Wichita State's urban setting, affording cultural diversity with excellent opportunities for faculty and students.
Performers of brass instruments may pursue one of three degrees: Bachelor of Music Education, which prepares students to teach in the public schools; Bachelor of Music, which prepares students for a professional playing and/or private teaching career; or Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis on liberal arts courses. All of these programs combine performance with musical development and include the general education components of university studies. In addition to the regular courses, the brass faculty also offer specialized classes.
Music performance graduates of Wichita State have the basic credentials for graduate-level performance programs and successful performance careers. Music education graduates are prepared for teaching positions in preschools to high schools. Graduates with the BA have a generalist degree, combining a music emphasis with a background in traditional liberal arts.
Both individual performance skills and ensemble experience are central to the brass program at Wichita State University. The School of Music offers an excellent variety of performance opportunities through a wide range of large and small ensembles. These include four choirs, two concert bands, a symphony orchestra, a jazz ensemble, and athletic bands.
Because of the close relationship between the University and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, music students are not only able to hear world-class artists perform throughout the year, but are often given the opportunity to meet and play for them in masterclass situations.
Many members of the brass faculty are principals or members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of faculty ensembles and other ensembles of national repute. The Wichita Brass Quintet, in residence at WSU, presents a concert on campus each year. In addition, they frequently present concerts and clinics at other universities and communities throughout the nation. The brass faculty at Wichita State are committed to each individual student and are interested in personal music development.
Admission and Auditions
At Wichita State, all incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to audition for admittance into the School of Music. All Kansas high school graduates are eligible to apply for admission into the brass programs. Applicants must have adequate performance backgrounds. The audition will decide placement within the selected program. Transfer students must satisfy music performance and academic expectations at the time of transfer.
Undergraduate audition requirements may be found here.
Graduate Students should refer to the audition requirements for Brass here.
There are many work-related opportunities in the city of Wichita for students to earn extra income and gain valuable experience as musicians and teachers. They serve as private instructors, solo performers, members of jazz and pop ensembles, as well as members of community and metropolitan orchestras. Students may also audition for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra as vacancies occur.
Students are encouraged to participate in organizations such as Collegiate Music Educators National Conference and Student Music Teachers Association, as well as Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Psi, or Tau Beta Sigma.