The Brass program at Lawrence University provides students with a superb foundation in solo, chamber, brass, jazz, and orchestral literature. All students study with full time performance faculty and participate in weekly studio classes that focus on individual performance, technique, chamber music, and repertoire. All brass students have the opportunity to perform in major ensembles as well as brass quintets and other chamber configurations.

Since 1979, the Lawrence Brass, a faculty chamber group functioning as both quintet and brass ensemble, have appeared in recital on campus, in secondary schools, and live over Wisconsin Public Radio as frequent performers on the Sunday afternoon Elvehjem Art Museum series in Madison.


The Lawrence Conservatory has a rich tradition of many performance opportunities for brass students. Course credit is granted for ensemble participation. These include:

  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Combos
  • Brass Quintets
  • Woodwind Quintets (horn)
  • Brass Choir
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Horn Choir
  • Trombone Choir
  • Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble
  • Low Brass Choir
  • Other Chamber Ensembles

Björklunden Seminars

Every student attending Lawrence has an opportunity to spend a weekend or more during the academic year at this beautiful site located north of Green Bay in Door County, overlooking Lake Michigan. Many of the brass studios spend a weekend attending masterclasses with guest artists and perform at the end of the weekend for the Door County community.

Learn more about Björklunden

After Lawrence

Lawrence alumni have had successful careers as symphonic, chamber music, and jazz performers; and as university professors. These include:

Lawrence Strieby, horn; St. Louis Symphony, St Louis Brass and Summit Brass
Elizabeth Halloin, horn; Chicago Chamber Brass
Linda Kimball, horn; Wingra Woodwind Quintet and faculty, University of Wisconsin Whitewater
Jeremiah Frederick, horn; Chicago Civic Orchestra
Joel Flunker, trumpet; United States Coast Guard Band
Marty Robinson, trumpet; faculty, Florida A & M University
Edward Hoffman, trumpet; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Donald Babcock, trombone; faculty, Eastern Michigan University
Rob Hudson, trombone; assistant archivist at Carnegie Hall
Kristen Lies-Warfield, trombone; United States Army Ceremonial Band
Fred Sturm, bass trombone; former Director of Jazz Studies at the Eastman School of Music, current Chair of the Lawrence Conservatory Department of Jazz and Improvisational Music
Ryan Schultz, tuba; Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra

Recent graduates have received graduate assistantships at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, the University of Minnesota, the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan and the Cincinnati Conservatory.

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