The Brass Choir, directed by Keith Kaiser, rehearses twice a week and performs 2-4 times per year, both in Ford Hall and for campus events such as the annual Veteran’s Day Celebration. Their focus is music for brass (sometimes with percussion), including some repertoire from the British Brass Band tradition.
The ensemble was founded in 1971 by Herbert C. Mueller. A renowned trumpet performer and brass pedagogy specialist, Mueller was Professor of Trumpet at Ithaca College from 1971-1985. Throughout the three decades of its existence, the Ithaca College Brass Choir has developed a focus on brass performance excellence and education. In learning and performing a wide variety of brass ensemble literature, brass performance and education majors have the opportunity to develop their playing and teaching skills. Recent performances have included Dukas' Fanfare pour précéder “La Peri" Dahl's Music for Brass Instruments, Hazell's Three Brass Cats, Tomasi's Fanfares Liturgiques, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, and the New York premiere of Dana Wilson's Last Ride to Solutré. With frequent off-campus performances and clinics, the Ithaca College Brass Choir endeavors to share their music with public school students, area churches, and the community at-large. Recent appearances included clinics at the New York State (NYSSMA) Conference and the MENC Eastern Conference and performances at the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble Brass Festival.