Woodwind, brass and percussion students who choose to major in instrumental performance at USU enter a rigorous program that prepares them to be excellent performers and teachers. Graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as the University of South Carolina, the University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Arizona State University and numerous others, or to perform in ensembles such as the Air Force Band of the Golden West or as studio musicians. Others have chosen to make their career in private teaching to prepare the next generation of instrumentalists.
As a performance major at USU, you will study with a faculty member who is a professional performer on your instrument and who cares about your progress and future. As a student in the program, you will have the opportunity to perform the finest in literature for your instrument in ensembles such as Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra in addition to numerous smaller chamber ensembles such as the Jazz Orchestra, Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, Musica Viva and the Caine Ensembles—a chamber music experience offered to the finest performers in the department.
In addition to our resident faculty, we have a thriving visiting artist program, due to the generosity of the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation and collaborations with the Chamber Music Society of Logan. Some of our guest artists have included Joe Alessi (NY Philharmonic), the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the Buyse-Webster Duo (Shepherd School of Music at Rice University), the Chicago Brass, the Imani Winds, Ney Rosauro (Miami University--Coral Gables) and many others.
Entrance to the performance major is based on auditions that are held in February of each year on the USU Campus. Please see the audition requirements in the "Future Students" menu on the left for requirements specific to your instrument.
Wind, Brass, Percussion Performance.pdf (83 KB)