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Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Brass at the Beach

A Letter From The Area Director

The award-winning Bob Cole Conservatory Trumpet Ensemble live in competition.

"Brass At The Beach" is your pre-professional training ground for brass players. Our esteemed studio faculty hold some of the most coveted positions in the United States, and all have tremendous teaching experience. Competition is encouraged and expected in a rigorous yet friendly environment with a proven track record of success.

Performance opportunities are the key to our program. The BCCM offers two symphony orchestras, two wind ensembles and a concert band, brass quintets, a trumpet ensemble, trombone ensemble, tuba ensemble and three jazz orchestras. Our symphony orchestra is top-notch with the leadership and programming of Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch. Under the direction of John Carnahan, the Wind Symphony has performed at major conventions throughout the country and abroad. Trumpeter Jeff Jarvis has led our Concert Jazz Orchestra to performances at the world-renowned Monterey Jazz Festival.

"You can study with performers with real-world experience in real-world music situations."

Trumpet students in performance at the Daniel Recital Hall.
Trumpet students in performance at the Daniel Recital Hall.

Our studio teachers have performed on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks. You can study with performers with real-world experience in real-world music situations: Kyle Covington, John Lofton, Bill Reichenbach, and Steve Trapani, trombone; Ryan Darke, Rob Frear and Rob Schaer, trumpet; Dylan Skye Hart and Jenny Kim, horn; and John Van Houten and Gabriel Sears, tuba and euphonium.

Do you want to be a part of music in the professional world? Rub elbows with the ones who perform it, compose it and record it every day: come to "The Beach!"

Rob Frear headshot and signature

Rob Frear
Area Director, Brass Studies
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music, Option in Performance—Concentration in Brass Instruments

This degree program is designed to provide a well-rounded education for brass instrumentalists through extensive private study, large ensemble and chamber music experience, substantial music theory and music history courses, a high-standard piano proficiency sequence, conducting, as well as a broad liberal education. The degree program is designed to prepare students for professional auditions and employment, as well as solid preparation for graduate degrees in music.

Master of Music, Option in Performance—Concentration in Brass Instruments

Only the most highly qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the Master’s Degree in Performance Program at CSULB. Graduate students and studio teachers work closely together to establish the highest possible level of performance. The program requires focus, commitment, and absolute dedication to the most demanding artistic and academic standards. Every possible performance opportunity should be embraced by MM candidates, including solo and chamber competitions, masterclass performances and summer festivals. Our faculty is uniquely positioned to help you set and achieve your goals.

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University Wind Quintet and Brass Quintet

Darrin Thaves and Rob Frear, directors

Join the University’s premier wind chamber groups for an evening of beautiful and challenging works spanning six centuries.

University Brass Ensemble and Brass Chamber Music

Rob Frear, Theresa Bickler and Tatiana Giesler, directors

The splendor of brass music from the Renaissance to the modern day! Majestic Gabrielli, whimsical Koetsier, and more.

  • Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd.
  • Long Beach, CA 90840-7101
  • 562-985-4781 phone
  • 562-985-2490 fax

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