Western Michigan University
Position: Graduate Assistantship in Trumpet.
Responsibilities: Assist in applied studio. Perform in graduate winds program and
appropriate ensembles. Other duties outside of the studio based on
qualifications (e.g., background in music education or music theory).
Qualifications: Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent.
Excellent performance skills with teaching experience preferred.
Full Admission to a Master’s degree program in music.
Three letters of recommendation (submitted with WMU application).
Award: Assistantship packages include salary, tuition remissions, and other benefits, which would cover the complete cost of tuition for the degree.
Graduate Winds Program
This program is unique at the Master’s Level and offers participants the opportunity to rehearse and perform as members of the Graduate Brass or Graduate Wind Quintet along with the Western Winds, a chamber ensemble of graduate students and their studio faculty mentors.
School of Music
One of the most visible and respected academic units at Western Michigan University – an institution with a student enrollment of almost 25,000 including over 5,000 at the graduate level – the School of Music has approximately 500 majors including 30 graduate assistants. The faculty is made up of 42 internationally recognized artist-scholars and includes four ensembles-in-residence. The school offers some of the finest rehearsal, study, practice, and performance facilities in the nation, and hosts close to 850 events each year. For more information regarding the School of Music and its facilities, faculty, ensembles and programs, visit our website at wmich.edu/music.
The Brass Area includes Dr. Jacob Cameron (Area Chair, tuba/euphonium), Dr. Lin Foulk (horn), Prof. Scott Thornburg (trumpet), Dr. Robert White (trumpet), and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger (trombone). The Western Brass Quintet is in residence. The Western Winds chamber ensemble is conducted and coordinated by Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands.
Application and Deadline
February 15, 2017 is the deadline for completion of the School of Music’s Graduate Assistantship application and receipt of letters of recommendation (late applications may be considered subject to availability). Letters of recommendation should be submitted online as part of your general WMU application. Additional information is available at the School of Music’s Graduate Studies website:
Applicants are encouraged to audition on campus prior to March 1. Contact Prof. Scott Thornburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.387.4701, or Dr. Robert White at email@example.com or 269.387.4700 for audition details.
Not all graduate assistantship positions are available every year. Please contact the appropriate studio faculty or the Graduate Coordinator to determine availability for 2018-19.