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​UD's Horn Ensemble

John David Smith is professor of horn at UD, and brings to his teaching many years of experience as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with a number of America’s elite ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Mastery of musicianship, horn literature, and audition preparation as well as on/off campus performance opportunities are integral components to the horn student experience. Private lessons are also available to music minors and other non-majors.


Interested high school students are encouraged to plan a campus visit and have a complimentary horn lesson with Dr. Smith to learn more about continuing their music studies at the college level. Please visit the Horn Studio website.

Student Opportunities
One of the greatest benefits of UD's music program is the wide array of ensemble and repertoire possibilities. Horn students have opportunities to perform with the UD Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, brass choir, horn quartet, horn ensembles, woodwind and brass quintets, jazz ensembles, new music ensembles and a wide array of mixed or unusual combinations.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for the major ensembles and chamber ensemble placement is determined by personnel needs and consultation with the ensemble coach.


The UD Community Horn Ensemble is an opportunities for students, professional and amateur players to get together throughout each semester for reading sessions and the chance to play in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying camaraderie with other horn players.

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Low Brass

Trombone Overview
The UD Trombone Studio includes students from more than 6 states studying music education and trombone performance at the undergraduate and master's levels as well as honors students and non-majors. Students receive weekly one-hour lessons and participate in a studio class. Bruce Tychinski, associate professor of trombone, leads the studio. He is a member of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, and principal trombonist of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The trombone studio is very active and has garnered a national reputation. The UD Trombone Choir performed at the 2014 International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Musi,c and students have been selected for many prestigious summer festivals and honors ensembles. UD also hosts an annual Trombone Day, which brings world-class artists to campus to perform and present master classes. Recent studio alums have gone on to successful performing endeavors in the US and abroad, teaching positions, or received graduate assistantships to further their studies.

Find out more about the UD Trombone Studio

Delaware Trombone Day

Delaware Trombone Day is scheduled for February 27, 2016. ​

Student Opportunities
Trombone, tuba and euphonium students can perform in  UD's Symphony Orchestra, OperaTheatre and pit orchestras, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, jazz combos, Collegium Musicum on sackbut, brass quintets, and the UD Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band.  In addition, within the trombone studio there is the Trombone Choir, UD Slides jazz trombone ensemble and several chamber ensembles, and there is a Tuba Ensemble as well.

Guest artists come to campus to further enhance the experience of the UD low brass student by presenting master classes and performances. Group trips are also planned to hear professional ensembles and soloists, or attend special events that are available within a short drive of the UD campus.

​UD Trumpet Ensemble
Robert Skoniczin, adjunct instructor, is an active freelance musician in the greater Philadelphia area. He performs frequently in both classical and commercial settings. Private lessons are available to music majors and minors as well as other non-majors. Our weekly repertoire class allows the trumpet studio to discuss many topics in brass pedagogy and perform trumpet ensemble literature. University of Delaware owns several professional trumpets that are available to students for use in ensemble and solo settings. These include cornets and trumpets pitched in C, D, and E-flat and piccolo trumpets.

Student Opportunities
Trumpet students have the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of large ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the UD Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band. In the Jazz Department, students can audition for Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II, and can participate in the Jazz Chamber Ensemble. There are also small ensembles available to our students including the UD Trumpet Ensemble, brass quintets and new music ensembles. University of Delaware’s centralized location allows students the opportunity to attend concerts and special events in Wilmington, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Click below to visit the Brass Area faculty pages.
Bruce Tychinski
John David Smith