Department of Brass
The brass department has strong links with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: many principal subject teachers are members of the RCO. With principal players from a variety of prominent Dutch orchestras they form a broadly-based teaching section.
Apart from the regular curriculum, students also take part in jazz groups, as there are many contacts between brass players of the Classical and Jazz Departments. Other specific possibilities are offered in conjunction with the Early Music Department (natural trumpet and natural horn). Orchestral projects provide students with orchestral experience. Brass students also play in the large brass ensemble CvA-Brass. The CvA organises masterclasses with principal players from the famous orchestras performing in Amsterdam.
Head of Winds, Pierre Volders
The department offers the following principal subjects: