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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.

Faculty

David Bilger

Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995 and will be joining the Peabody Conservatory at a visiting artist starting fall 2019.

Velvet Brown

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

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.

Billy Hunter

A native of Austin, TX, Billy Hunter has been Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He enjoys a versatile career in the classical music world that includes orchestral, chamber, and solo performances as well as several educational and outreach initiatives.

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,

Anthony Prisk

Anthony Prisk joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as Second Trumpet in August of 2013 from the Houston Symphony, where he performed for 11 seasons and the New World Symphony for 4 seasons. In the past 20 years, Prisk has played internationally with several orchestras and music festivals.

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.