Oklahoma City University - Bass School of Music

Position: Graduate Assistant in Trumpet


The Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University announces Graduate Assistantships in trumpet starting with the fall semester of 2023. Assistantships involve playing in the Blackwelder Brass, a scholarship graduate brass quintet with duties that include outreach concerts, university events and church residencies. Graduate assistants are also expected to play in other university ensembles as assigned. The winners of these positions will receive a full-tuition scholarship (does not include fees), an annual stipend of $2000, plus additional annual pay of $2500 or more for performing in churches on weekends.


Because of the nature of these positions, a viable candidate must have the skills to perform successfully in professional situations and not have any major defects in their playing. Additional work is available teaching private lessons and freelancing in Oklahoma City.


The requirements for these positions are, 1. Successful application to the graduate music program which requires a 3.0 GPA or higher, 2. Live audition – perform with quintet, two varying pieces, orchestral excerpts, sight reading and in the case of trumpet, sight transposing.


The Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is renowned for its exceptional training of musicians in the liberal arts tradition. For 80 years, its graduates have been in demand as singers, conductors, composers, instrumentalists, educators, critics and commentators. 


School of Music alumni include an Ellsworth Smith International Solo Trumpet Competitions winner, International Trumpet Guild Solo and Orchestra Competitions winners, and alumni who have won positions in full time orchestras and military bands.


The Wanda L. Bass Music Center, a $31.5 million, 117,000-square-foot addition more than doubles the size of the Bass School of Music. The Bass Music Center features 60 additional practice rooms, 40 new teaching studios, seven high-tech music labs, six ensemble rehearsal rooms, and a black-box theater. The expansion incorporates new advances in sound isolation and acoustical breakthroughs.


Oklahoma City University offers MM degrees in performance, composition and conducting. The school is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music. www.okcu.edu/music


Interested parties should contact Michael Anderson, Professor of Trumpet. [email protected] - 405-488-5749.


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