Berne University of the Arts to deliver Masters in brass band studies 

It has been announced that new applications are being sought for a Master programme in Composition for Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band at the Berne University of the Arts (HKB) in Switzerland. 

The highly respected Composition and Theory Department will offer the programme course alongside its other renowned Master curriculums, including Contemporary Composition, Composition and Arrangement in Jazz and Theatre Musical.  

The Master in Composition for Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band is being seen as recognising the vibrant development of wind and brass band music making over the last decade or more. Studies will begin in the autumn of 2018. 

A spokesperson commented: "The main subject will be taught by acclaimed composer Oliver Waespi, whose works for symphonic winds and brass band have received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim. His body of work also includes numerous works for symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble, enabling him to embed the new programme in a wider aesthetic context. 

Students in the new Master programme will benefit from a vast array of courses covering much of contemporary and traditional composition techniques and aesthetics. Moreover, the link to the conducting studies for wind orchestra is of crucial importance. Thanks to its trans-disciplinary course offer, Berne University of the Arts encourages composers to benefit from the inspiring environment of the departments of Literature, Fine Arts, Theatre, Opera and others." 

The main subject will be taught in German, French or English, according to the preferences of the students. 
Application deadline 
Application deadline: 15th March 2018 
Begin of programme: September 2018 
To find out more initial information: 
Xavier Daye 
Head of Composition and Theory 
Phone: +41 31 848 39 84 

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