Western Illinois University

Position: Graduate Assistant in Trumpet/Faculty Brass Quintet 
(Rank:  Teaching Support Assistant, TSA)

Availability:  To begin Fall 2018


Reports to:  Graduate Coordinator, School of Music, and faculty supervisor, trumpet professor/brass area


Terms of Employment:

  • Two-semester (eight-month) contract, covering Fall and Spring semesters of the academic year
  • Renewable for a second year of academic study
  • 13 hours per week for a 2/3 Assistantship



  • $629.00/month x 8 month contract = $5032 per academic year ($2516/semester)
  • FULL tuition waiver for all graduate credits (not including fees)
  • Tuition waiver for summer courses
  • Total benefit to student: $10,857.52/year (US domestic tuition); $13,770.28/year

(Out-of-state or International tuition)

  • For more information on Graduate Assistantships at WIU: click here


Position Description:  Performing as 2nd trumpet in the Lamoine Brass Quintet (Faculty Brass quintet) and other duties as assigned.



  • Must be accepted as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a WIU School of Music graduate program
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate study
  • Maintain GPA of at least 3.00. First-semester graduate students must also have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00.
  • A. (music) or B.M. degree required
  • Evidence of excellent skills in brass chamber music performance


Application Process and Deadline: 

  • Visit the WIU School of Music graduate program online at wiu.edu/music
  • Contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Brian Locke (b-locke@wiu.edu) and the Recruitment Coordinator, Trista Trone (td-trone@wiu.edu) to request an audition (required for performance and conducting majors)
  • Contact the Dr. Bruce Briney, Professor of Trumpet (bc-briney@wiu.edu) to submit an audition video prior to on-campus interview-audition
  • Complete the online Graduate Application at wiu.edu/apply
  • Consult the Audition Requirements for your area as well as the School of Music’s Graduate Handbook


All materials, including 3 letters of recommendation and transcripts, must be received no later than January 31, 2018 to receive full consideration for the assistantship.

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