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Under the guidance of the Peabody Conservatory’s distinguished brass faculty, Peabody students go on to careers as recitalists, soloists and teachers and win positions in prestigious orchestras and ensembles throughout the world.

Brass players at Peabody study and perform music representative of all periods and styles in the following ensembles:

  • Peabody Symphony Orchestra
  • Peabody Studio Orchestra
  • Peabody Modern Orchestra
  • Peabody Wind Ensemble
  • Conductors Orchestra
  • Peabody Jazz Ensemble
  • Peabody Brass Ensemble
  • Peabody Brass Band
  • Peabody Trumpet Ensemble
  • Peabody Horn Ensemble
  • Trombody Peabones Trombone Choir

and a wide variety of small chamber groups coached by members of the faculty.

In addition, Peabody students are often engaged as substitutes in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and are regularly employed by other metropolitan and community orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups, and choral ensembles.

The Baltimore/Washington area is rich in opportunities to hear and perform symphonic, jazz, theater, chamber, operatic, and choral music of all kinds.


Velvet Brown

Velvet Brown enjoys a professional career as an international soloist, chamber ensemble performer, recording artist, conductor, and orchestral player.

Joe Burgstaller

Called “quite simply, a superstar of the trumpet” by conductor JoAnn Falletta, Joe Burgstaller has captivated audiences throughout the world with his dazzling virtuosity, sensitivity, and engaging personality.

Randall Campora

Bass trombonist Randy Campora joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1985 during his third year of undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory.

Wei-ping Chou

Wei-ping Chou has been praised by the New York Times for her "consistent, strong" and "smooth and full" horn playing. Chou was the first and only horn player in Juilliard School history to be awarded the Artist Diploma.

Steve Kellner

In October 2004, Steve Kellner retired his 25-year career in military bands, including eleven years as principal euphonium of the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C.

David Murray

David Murray was appointed second trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. Prior to joining the NSO, Murray was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville,

James Olin

James Olin was born in Schenectady, New York and began his musical studies on the piano at the age of five. By high school Olin had performed professionally within the diverse musical genres of classical, jazz, rock, blues and country-western.

Abel Pereira

Abel Pereira was appointed principal horn of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2014 by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach.

Robert Rearden

Robert Rearden joined the National Symphony as second horn in 2016. He previously served as principal horn of the Florida Orchestra from 2010-2016.

Denise Tryon

A native of Roseville, MN, Denise Tryon joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2009 as fourth horn. An accomplished solo performer, Tryon has performed recitals in Sweden, Norway, Poland, Japan, and the United States.