Brass Program collage

The brass faculty at NJCU is dedicated to providing students with the best training possible to prepare them for a competitive music world. Students receive a full hour lesson each week of the semester from our world-class faculty and participate in weekly chamber ensembles coaching. They perform in recitals, chamber music and large ensemble settings, and are exposed to a wide array of performances by their own faculty and frequent renowned guest artists and clinicians. In addition, the proximity of our campus to New York City and NJPAC makes NJCU a prime location for students who want to experience the artistic and multicultural life of the Big Apple and nearby suburbs.

As part of their curriculum, students perform each semester in the following ensembles/events:

  • Symphony of Winds and Percussion
  • Brass in Motion (Students solo performances)
  • Brass chamber ensembles concerts
  • NJCU Orchestra

Additional performance opportunities include Concert Choir, Musical Theater and Opera productions.


Auditions are held during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The audition requirements below apply to all brass instruments (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba).

Undergraduate applicants should prepare a program that includes the following:

  • Major scales (two octaves where applicable).
  • Two contrasting selections. One selection must be from the solo repertoire; the other one can be an etude.
  • Sight-reading.

Graduate applicants for the M. A. in Music Education should prepare a program that includes the following:

  • Two contrasting selections from the standard repertoire. One can be an etude.

Graduate applicants for the M. M. in Performance should prepare a program that includes the following:

  • One complete major work from the standard repertoire (sonata, concerto)
  • One etude

For questions concerning the repertoire, contact the area coordinator.


Jerry Bryant, Trumpet, chamber music

New York City based trumpeter Jerry Bryant is a member of the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Principal Trumpet/Orchestra Manager of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival in Cooperstown, NY.

A regular on Broadway, Jerry has performed with Wicked, The Kind and I, Beauty and the Beast and is currently a member of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra. He has also performed with the Metropolitan Opera, National Symphony (Washington D.C.), New Jersey, Jacksonville, McLean, Tallahassee, Fairfax, Annapolis, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Washington Ballet and Westfield Symphony Orchestras.

Before moving to New York City in 2005 Jerry was a member of the United States Navy Band, Washington DC for seven years. During that time, he was tasked to perform ‘taps' for hundreds of simple and full honor ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and throughout the country. Additionally, he was a featured soloist with the band and performed for presidents, dignitaries and audiences throughout the world.

Jerry has been Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at New Jersey City University since 2007. He holds a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America and a Bachelor of Music from Florida State University.

Billy R. Hunter, Jr., Trumpet, chamber music

A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently Principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal trumpet of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Before this he was Co-Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras and has performed as guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles nationwide including the American Brass Quintet, the MET Chamber Ensemble, Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble to name a few. Some festivals he has attended are Tanglewood Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Martha's Vineyard Music Festival and National Repertory Orchestra. His honors and awards include first prize in the Kingsville International Competition Brass and Non-string divisions, second prize in the National Trumpet Competition, winner of the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and most recently the recipient of the University of Texas Exes Alumni Award for outstanding achievement. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School, his teachers are former principal of the MET Mark Gould, principal of the NYC Ballet and ABQ Raymond Mase, former member of the MET and NBC Symphony Raymond Crisara and former horn player of the Boston Symphony Harry Shapiro.

Javier Gandara. French horn, chamber music

Javier Gandara has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1999. He is also
on the Horn Faculty at New Jersey City University, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard Pre-College Division.

Javier began his professional career at the age of 16 when he won a position in the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra while still attending High School at La Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan. He later studied at Indiana University and obtained a BM from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Mr. Ranier DeIntinis. He has held positions with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (principal), Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (principal), and the Oregon Symphony (assistant principal) and has performed as a guest with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. He has also been on the faculty of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA) since 2003.

He is a regular guest faculty at the Puerto Rico Conservatory in San Juan and has been a coach for the National Youth Orchestra System in Colombia (Batuta) and the Swedish National Youth Orchestra. He has also performed regularly in countless commercial recordings, including over 20 major motion picture soundtracks.

Sharon Moe,  French horn, chamber music

Sharon Moe is a renowned French horn virtuoso, teacher and composer. She has performed and recorded music from classical to jazz in concert and on TV as a soloist and as Principal Horn with chamber ensembles and orchestras in major halls and festivals throughout the United States, France, Spain and Argentina . She recorded the highly acclaimed television shows, The Wonder Pets and Thundercats ., recorded with Billy Joel, Arturo O'Farrill and The Latin Jazz Orchestra, Bette Midler, Clark Terry and worked with Stephen Schwarz, New York Chamber Soloists, Mozart Orchestra of New York, Gerard Schwarz conductor and The Bronx Arts Ensemble to name a few. She was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be Solo Horn for the World Premier “Mass” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and recorded his composition. She was critically acclaimed for her solo performance in the World Premier of Olivier Messiaen's “ Des Canyons aux Etoiles” in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. She is the French horn professor and chamber music coach on the faculty of New Jersey City University, LIU C.W. Post and Manhattan School of Music PreCollege . Ms. Moe was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from St.Olaf College, the Most Valuable Performer Award from NARAS (National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences) and is also an acclaimed composer composing under the name of Sharon Moe Miranda. She has the distinction of being nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her composition "Windows" for orchestra commissioned by the Long Island Philharmonic, Christopher Keene, Conductor.

Dr. Gilles Bernard, Coordinator of Brass Studies,Trombone, chamber music

Gilles Bernard is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Brass Studies at New Jersey City University. He holds the positions of principal trombone with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA) and was second trombone with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH) for nineteen seasons.
An active freelance artist, he performs regularly with regional orchestras in the NY/NJ/CT area. Current and past performing organizations include the Metropolitan Opera; the Hartford Symphony; the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony; the Harrisburg Symphony and the Reading Symphony, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Broadway revival of The King and I. Before moving to the United-States, he performed on several occasions as an substitute/extra with the Orchestre National de France under Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Vaclav Neumann, and George Prêtre.
As a clinician, he works regularly with high-school level students throughout New Jersey and New York.
He holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music.

Daniel Peck,Tuba, chamber music, brass literature

Dan Peck is a tubist, improviser, and composer living in New York since 2005. He performs regularly with contemporary ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Wet Ink, and has also played with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Ballet. As an improviser, Dan has toured Europe and played at international festivals with his own doom jazz trio The Gate, as well as with Ingrid Laubrock and Anthony Braxton. His record label, Tubapede Records, releases new and experimental media from the NY area and beyond. In Spring 2017, Dan Peck became the Principal Tubist of the New York City Ballet.


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Dr. Gilles Bernard, Coordinator of Brass Studies