Graduate Brass Quintet
Members of the Graduate Brass Quintet are chosen by competitive auditions and have received their undergraduate degrees from respected institutions across the country. They are mentored by members of the Penn State Brass Faculty and perform recitals and school programs throughout the year.
Graduate Woodwind Quintet
Members of the Graduate Woodwind Quintet are chosen by competitive auditions and have received their undergraduate degrees from respected institutions across the country. They are mentored by members of the Pennsylvania Quintet faculty ensemble and perform recitals and school programs throughout the year.
The Penn State Horn Ensemble showcases the finest hornists on campus. Comprised of music majors, horn performance minors, and talented hornists from outside the School of Music by audition, this twenty-member ensemble meets in spring semesters and is often divided into quartets. The ensemble has performed at symposia of the International Horn Society, including those held in New York, Michigan, and California, as well as London, England. The Penn State Horn Ensemble hosted and performed for the 2015 Northeast Horn Workshop, and has performed at the Mid-West Regional Horn Workshop in Michigan; the Eastern Division convention of the Music Educators National Conference in Connecticut, and at numerous conferences of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. The Horn Ensemble’s vast repertoire encompasses original works and arrangements of romantic, baroque, classical, impressionist, and popular music.
The Penn State Trombone Choir was founded in 1986 by Mark Lancaster Lusk. Since that time, the choir has garnered considerable regional and national success, performing multiple times at state music education conferences in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, as well as NAfME Eastern Division and national conferences. The ensemble has also accepted invitations to perform at the New York Brass Conference, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, and the International Trombone Workshop. The group has featured many of today’s finest trombone artists as well as the talented members of the Penn State performance faculty and distinguished alumni. The Penn State Trombone Choir is a founding member of the Frühling Posaunen Festival which includes Penn State, the Ithaca Trombone Troupe, and the Eastman Trombone Choir in an annual concert series. A tradition of excellent composers and arrangers has done much to give the Penn State Trombone Choir its distinctive sound.
The Pennsylvania State University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, formed in the fall of 1987, has achieved success performing regionally, nationally and internationally. The group performs outstanding traditional, contemporary, and popular literature composed or transcribed for the tuba/euphonium ensemble. This highly select ensemble is comprised of the finest euphonium and tuba players on campus by audition. The group has garnered praise for many featured international and national performances, including the CBS “Good Morning Show”, the 1995, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 International Tuba and Euphonium Conferences, the 2011 and 2013 Northeast Tuba and Euphonium Conference, several appearances at the New York Brass Conference with featured soloists Brian Bowman and Toby Hanks, the 2004 and 2014 Army Tuba Euphonium Conferences in Fort Myers, the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Conference, and with soloists Roger Behrend and Neal Corwell. The ensemble also enjoys performing for university functions, presenting public school concerts, and entertaining at various off-campus venues. The ensemble has premiered several compositions by Austrian composer Franz Cibulka and other composers such as Drew Bonner, Luke Gall and Dr. Gary Powell Nash. Many of the arrangements performed are by current and former students as well as Professor Velvet Brown. Future highlighted performances of the Penn State Tuba Euphonium Ensemble include the 2015 Northeast Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Ithaca, New York. The ensemble is currently under the direction of Professor Velvet Brown.