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Graduate Assistantship at Western Michigan University

Postby jcameron » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:55 pm

Western Michigan University has a terrific graduate assistantship open for the fall of 2018. The application deadline for this assistantship is February 15.

The GA position at WMU is primarily focused on performance with the Graduate Brass Quintet. The Graduate Brass Quintet is made up entirely of Graduate Assistants at WMU and performs extensively as a unit and in collaboration with the Western Brass Quintet. In addition, the GA will perform duties for the Tuba and Euphonium studio and other academic areas as skill and need allow. This position is focused on giving the GA real-world teaching and performing experience to enhance future career options. A recent success story is Chance Trottman-Huiet, who won a national audition for principal tuba with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and teaches at IPFW.

To apply to WMU, follow this link:

To see the official information for the GA position, follow this link: ... EhWlc/edit

The brass area at Western Michigan University has a strong tradition of excellent chamber music opportunities and instruction. The Western Brass Quintet just celebrated 50 years of excellence, and has toured all over the United States, Germany, Russia, and China. There are usually 3-5 undergraduate brass quintets in addition the the graduate brass quintet, all of which receive weekly coachings, and numerous performance opportunities throughout each semester. Western has produced professional brass players in major symphony orchestras, premiere military bands, and full-time freelancers in major markets like New York City. The Western Michigan University Brass Area prides itself on pre-professional training designed to give real-life concert experience coupled with the highest level of applied teaching and guidance.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone that might be interested in our GA position. Also, don't hesitate to contact me with questions.

Applicants are encouraged to audition on campus prior to March 15. Contact Dr. Jacob Cameron
at jacob.cameron(at)

Here is the info for the position:


Graduate Assistantship in Tuba. Starts in Fall semester.


Assist in applied studio. Perform in graduate winds program and
appropriate ensembles. Other duties outside of the studio based on
qualifications (e.g., background in music education or music theory).


Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent.
Excellent performance skills with teaching experience preferred.
Full Admission to a Master’s degree program in music.
Three letters of recommendation (submitted with WMU application).


Assistantship packages include salary, tuition scholarships, and other
benefits. See

Graduate Winds Program

This program is unique at the Master’s Level and offers participants the opportunity to rehearse
and perform as members of the Graduate Brass or Graduate Wind Quintet along with the Western
Winds, a chamber ensemble of graduate students and their studio faculty mentors.
School of Music

One of the most visible and respected academic units at Western Michigan University – an
institution with a student enrollment of almost 25,000 including over 5,000 at the graduate level –
the School of Music has approximately 500 majors including 30 graduate assistants. The faculty is
made up of 42 internationally recognized artist-scholars and includes four ensembles-in-residence.
The school offers some of the finest rehearsal, study, practice, and performance facilities in the
nation, and hosts close to 850 events each year. For more information regarding the School of
Music and its facilities, faculty, ensembles and programs, visit our website at


The Brass Area includes Dr. Jacob Cameron (Area Chair, tuba/euphonium), Dr. Lin Foulk (horn),
Prof. Scott Thornburg (trumpet), Dr. Robert White (trumpet), and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger
(trombone). The Western Brass Quintet is in residence. The Western Winds chamber ensemble is
conducted and coordinated by Dr. Scott Boerma, Director of Bands.
Application and Deadline

February 15, 2016 is the deadline for completion of the School of Music’s Graduate Assistantship
application and receipt of letters of recommendation (late applications may be considered subject
to availability). Letters of recommendation should be submitted online as part of your general WMU
application. Additional information is available at the School of Music’s Graduate Studies website:
Jacob Cameron
Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium
Western Michigan University
Principal Tuba, Grand Rapids Symphony
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