Area of Study: Brass

Horn at YSM

Horn players at Yale School of Music take private lessons and participate in weekly studio seminars, which often focus on a specific topic, such as orchestral excerpts, études or song transcriptions. Horn players are encouraged to learn as broad a repertoire as possible, including Baroque and contemporary music. 

In addition to performing solo repertoire, horn students participate in chamber music, an integral part of the Yale School of Music experience. They also play in various ensembles in the New Music New Haven concert series, and with the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia. These opportunities offer the students the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire under the leadership of principal conductor Peter Oundjian and acclaimed guest conductors.

The horn studio on the third floor of Leigh Hall serves as a home base for students, who practice, rehearse, and research music there. The studio has four natural horns—two Classical and two Baroque—as well as a triple horn, all of which are available for students to use.

Faculty Spotlight

William Purvis
Professor in the Practice of Horn

William Purvis

Faculty horn player William Purvis is known internationally for his work as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and educator.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.
The dynamic in the YSM horn studio is similar to that of a big family.
Matt Gray, horn, ’17MMA