Brass studies at The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts is a unique and innovative program established to develop and solidify the role of brass instruments in the twenty-first century. Building from a traditional brass foundation, the program focuses on contemporary brass works and performance practice, while also working to develop a radical expansion of both. The core program focuses on intensive ensemble work, while also striving to create an inclusive environment for the study of non-Western music, improvisation, technology, and interdisciplinary work with the aim to equip students with the skills to both create their own artistic identity and be prepared for an ever-changing professional landscape.
The program is led by trumpet virtuoso and recording artist Edward Carroll. In addition to Mr. Carroll, the core faculty includes Trio Kobayashi (hornist Allen Fogle, trombonist Matt Barbier, and tubist Luke Storm) and tubist Doug Tornquist.
Students enrolled in brass studies have attended the Julliard, Eastman, and Manhattan Schools of Music; the Peabody, and Paris Conservatories; the Universities of Southern California, Northwestern, McGill, Arizona State; and the Interlochen Arts Academy. They have been awarded fellowships at the Aspen, Lucerne, Bang on a Can, Brevard, and Norfolk music festivals. Alumni have gone on to perform with ensembles such as Ensemble Musikfabrik, wildUp, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC NOW, the LA Philharmonic, Green Umbrella, LA Opera, Monday Evening Concerts, and the International Contemporary Ensemble. They can be heard performing across a wide spectrum of commercial endeavors including the soundtracks to Star Wars, Transformers, and X-Men and alongside musicians such as Boy George, Josh Groban, and Adele. Additionally the program’s alumni have founded groups and record labels such as Burning Ghosts, Evil Genius, gnarwhallaby, Orenda Records, WasteLAnd Music, RAGE Thormbones, and Les Trombones de Bâle.
Recent guests include the Factory Seconds Brass Trio, trumpeters Thomas Stevens, Gabriele Cassone, Marcus Stockhausen, Stephanie Richards, John Wallace, Nate Wooley, Jason Price, Tom Dambly, Peter Evans, and trombonists Weston Olencki, Michael Svoboda, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Stuart Dempster, Monique Buzzarte, and Abbie Conant.
The program also maintains a roster of active leaders in their respective fields to act as advisers to the program, primarily through a series of internet lectures. To enable the students to be prepared for the widest possible career experience, students also have opportunities for study with renowned trumpeter John Fumo and trombonist Ryan Dragon, who are both faculty members of the CalArts Jazz specalization.
Coordinator of Brass Program & InstrumentalArts Trumpet
A native of Chicago and graduate of Juilliard (BM, MM), Edward Carroll joined the faculty of CalArts as instructor of trumpet and coordinator of brass studies in 2001, following appointments as the International Chair of Brass Studies at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Professor of trumpet at the Rotterdam (NL) Conservatory, and a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. He is the Director of the newly formed Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. Read more.
InstrumentalArts French Horn
Equally at home on stage and in the recording studio, hornist Allen Fogle is an active freelance musician and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as Principal Horn of the American Youth Symphony, and is currently in demand as a recording musician for the Hollywood film, television, and video game industries. Read more.
Matt Barbier is an LA based trombonist and composer focused on experimental intonation, noise, and the physical processes of his instrument. His playing has been described by the LA Times as being “of intense, brilliant, virtuosic growling that gave the striking impression that Barbier was dismantling the instrument while playing it.” Read more.
“A player of astonishing flamboyance” (Los Angeles Times) and “impressive dash” (Orange County Register), Doug Tornquist has been a part of Southern California’s freelance musical world since 1987, including serving as Principal Tuba for Long Beach Symphony. Read more.
InstrumentalArts Tuba and Brass Chamber Music
Luke Storm is a tuba player, conductor, and educator. Storm has served as acting principal tuba with the San Diego Symphony and has performed with the Baltimore Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles in Southern California. He can be heard on the Mode and Innova record labels and several film and television scores. Read More.