Youth Brass Ensemble
Brass Studies at NEC Prep

Eli Epstein, Brass Department Chair

Faculty Directory: French Horn | Trumpet | Trombone & Euphonium | Tuba

From Eli Epstein:

Welcome to NEC Prep Brass! I'm very proud of our faculty, made up of some of the world’s finest brass musicians. These veterans of the BSO, Boston Pops, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New Haven Symphony, and Empire Brass are committed educators who are totally excited about teaching young brass players!

Ensemble experience is a huge motivator for young brass students. Since they only play a single line of a composition, it’s very exciting and empowering for a brass player to be an integral part of an ensemble. NEC Prep Brass offers large ensembles, such as Youth Brass Ensemble and Trombone Choir, as well as smaller quartets and quintets. These small chamber ensembles range from younger, less experienced groups all the way up to two honors brass quintets, team-coached by members of the NEC Prep Faculty Brass Quintet.

One-on-one instruction is the best and most efficient way to learn how to play a brass instrument. Private lessons with NEC Prep Brass faculty ensure that your children will develop healthy and strong fundamental technique and musicianship, and be inspired to be the best they can be!

Placement Form

Private Lessons

Private instruction is the foundation of a sound musical education. At NEC Prep, the depth and expertise of our faculty assure a great match for our students' individual needs. Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60 minutes are offered for students of all levels (including beginners!) on trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba.

A unique feature of our private lesson program is that it includes the opportunity to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations, and our annual concerto competition, which give every student valuable performance experience and feedback from a variety of teachers.

Prospective brass students take a placement with Brass Department Chair Eli Epstein, who will advise each student regarding an appropriate studio teacher placement and path of study. Private lessons can begin at any time during the school year. Get more information by contacting the Prep Office or using the form linked above.


Other Opportunities

NEC Prep Brass Students may also be interested in:

Workshops & Recitals

Brass players of all ages and levels are welcome to participate in this totally unique program. Some of the top players and teachers in the country—all faculty members—offer workshops and lectures on topics that range from the technical (breathing, posture, ensemble playing) to the practical (equipment choices, careers in music, auditioning). Students must be registered for at least 24 private lessons a year to perform in Brass Department workshops and recitals.

2020-2021 Brass Workshop Schedule

Workshop Number

Workshop Date

Date Signup Form Opens (all on Tuesdays)

Date Signup Form Closes (all on Tuesdays)


October 24, 2020

October 13, 2020

October 20, 2020


December 5, 2020

November 24, 2020

December 1, 2020


March 6, 2021

February 23, 2021

March 2, 2021


April 10, 2021

March 30, 2021

April 6, 2021

Brass Workshop Signup Form


Our extremely popular “BrassFest” is a hands-on, side-by-side playing experience with our brass faculty. Each year, BrassFest features masterclasses, large-ensemble playing, and individual instrument-specific clinics led by our stellar faculty. BrassFest workshops focus on a particular instrument's challenges and joys and inspires and expands the awareness of participants. These classes are open to the public. Bring your instruments!

Information regarding the 2019 BrassFest will be updated here when it is available!