Students rehearse during Chapman University Wind Symphony
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music

» Bachelor of Music in Performance - Woodwinds & Brass

Daniel Alfred Wachs leads the Chamber Orchestra

The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance in Woodwinds and Brass is an intensive program degree that focuses on classical training for solo, chamber, and orchestral experience

Instrumental students at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music have ample performance opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities.  The Hall-Musco Conservatory has three large ensembles (The Chapman Orchestra, The Wind Symphony and the Big Band Jazz Ensemble) and many small ensembles (New Music Ensemble, Wind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Early Music Ensemble, University Jazz Ensembles, and a student-led Pep Band).

There is no system of seniority in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.  Students are selected and seated based on their talent and level of commitment, which means that a freshman has as much opportunity as a senior to participate in any given ensemble.  In addition to large ensemble opportunities, chamber music is encouraged and is a required part of the major's curriculum.

Chapman Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music faculty hold prominent positions in major ensembles in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Our faculty has earned degrees at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, UCLA, The Cleveland Institute of Music, USC, and together bring a wealth of knowledge and experience unparalleled in Southern California. With a student body of 225 majors and a faculty ratio of 1:14, Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music provides students with personalized education and direct contact with faculty, without substitutions or teaching assistants.

The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music offers a complimentary, half-hour lesson for prospective students with one of our applied instructors.  Please contact Tim Hall to arrange for a lesson.

We welcome your interest in our program and look forward to helping you live your dream.

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The Chapman Orchestra (TCO), under the direction of Daniel Alfred Wachs, is considered among the finest university ensembles on the West Coast. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel lauded TCO following An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance, an interdisciplinary collaboration with the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. TCO kicked off its 2013-14 season in collaboration with Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, presenting an ancillary concert as part of its Music Unwound Series. In May 2014, TCO and University Choirs joined the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and international soloists in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and a West Coast premiere by Mark Anthony Turnage at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, presented under the auspices of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. This concert was selected by the OC Register as a “Must See” performance of the 2013-2014 Season. In the fall of 2009, a live recording of Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde was selected by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. to accompany its exhibit, “Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens.” In February of 2008, TCO joined forces with the Pacific Symphony as part of its Eighth American Composers Festival. TCO recently completed a survey of Mahler song cycles with baritone Vladimir Chernov and initiated a partnership with the LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program.

Chapman University Orchestras have received national recognition when presented the coveted ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) award at the American Symphony Orchestra League Annual Conference for performances of music by American composers and The Chapman Chamber Orchestra was a finalist in the 2012 American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

In frequent demand, the orchestras have performed at the Music Educators National, Divisional, State, and Southern Section Conferences. The Chamber Orchestra has been the featured performing ensemble for the CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Southern Section Conference. The Chapman Orchestra has toured extensively on the West Coast of the United States and has performed on international tours in Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Closer to home, TCO performs an annual series of concerts at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Church, and serves as the orchestra in residence for Opera Chapman.

Wind Symphony

The Chapman University Wind Symphony has earned a reputation for its breadth of musicality and consistently high level of performance. The ensemble is frequently featured at notable festivals and conferences, including CMEA: The California Association for Music Education and the Invitational Band Festival at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  Recently the Chapman University Wind Symphony was honored on the national level with a prestigious invitation to perform as one of only four university wind ensembles at the 2008 Biennial Conference of MENC: the National Association for Music Education. The Wind Symphony presents both national and international tours, performing in such prestigious concert halls as the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Goals of the Wind Symphony include the development of musical expression with individual and ensemble skills through the identification, rehearsal, and performance of the finest wind literature.

Chamber Music

Chapman students have the opportunity to participate in chamber music ensembles coached by members of the instrumental faculty. These ensembles perform the finest string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and guitar literature, and they are featured throughout the semester in public concerts.

New Music

The New Music Ensemble presents works by current composition majors as well as those by many of the major composers of the last fifty years. Instrumental and vocal faculty, along with distinguished guest artists, often participate in the ensemble, thus offering the students a chance to perform with their teachers and mentors as well as their peers. The ensemble regularly collaborates with other groups on campus in presenting the New Music at Chapman concert series.


The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music proudly offers courses in Jazz Studies to enrich the student and to enhance their learning experience within the traditional music conservatory curriculum. The University Jazz Ensembles perform music encompassing all periods of the jazz idiom. This wide range of literature ensures that students will be well versed in the stylistic interpretation of jazz, as well as develop a solid foundation in improvisation.


The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music invites guest artists and ensembles on a regular basis to work with students and ensembles in their respective fields of expertise.  Recent Ensembles-in-Residence include California’s E.A.R. Unit, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the creation, performance, and the Penderecki String Quartet.  Additionally, the Hall-Musco Conservatory has hosted Ariana Ghez, Principal Oboe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as its Instrumental Artist-in-Residence and acclaimed operatic sopranos, Milena Kitic and Carol Neblett as Vocal Artists-in-Residence.

The Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music has a long and proud tradition of hosting world-renowned artists for master classes. Recent guest artists include Linda Watson, Anne Akiko Meyers, William Burden, Sergei Babayan, Vladimir Chernov and others.

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO1: Musicianship
The student will demonstrate fluent musicianship skills, including an understanding of music theory, proficiency with aural skills and sight reading, knowledge of different musical styles and historical eras, a demonstration of basic piano skills, the ability to rehearse and perform collaboratively and contribute to an ensemble, proficiency with basic music technology, and an understanding and demonstration of basic improvisation techniques.

PLO2: Performance
The student will acquire performance skills as a soloist on his or her main instrument, including knowledge in technique, historically appropriate performance styles and repertoire, and sight reading.

PLO3: Leadership
The student will observe and experience leadership roles and professional opportunities, in order to prepare for a career as a performer.

PLO4: Pedagogy
The student will employ pedagogical techniques and skills relevant to his or her instrument family.

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Tim Hall
Director of Woodwind and Brass Studies