DR Joel Brennan

DR Joel Brennan


  • Trumpet Pedagogy
  • Trumpet/Brass performance



  • Joel Brennan enjoys a diverse career performing as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. He has served as principal trumpet of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Netherlands) and Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan), and has appeared with orchestras worldwide such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria (Australia), Winnipeg Symphony (Canada), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Netherlands), and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Turkey). As a soloist, Dr. Brennan has performed works from Baroque to contemporary repertoire, including the United States premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Drei geistliche Konzerte. A proponent of contemporary music and chamber music, Joel has given solo and collaborative recitals in the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Japan. He is the member of Reveille, a collective dedicated to exploring new paths for trumpet while connecting performers, composers and audiences in innovative ways. As a member of the unique ensemble Three, Dr. Brennan has commissioned, recorded, and toured pieces by composers in Australia, China, and the United States. Dr. Brennan received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and before pursuing graduate studies at the Yale School of Music where he is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant 2007, bringing him to the Netherlands for an intense year of performing, teaching and studying. Deeply interested in brass pedagogy and efficient practice methods, Dr. Brennan is the creator of "Poper's Game" an iOS app designed to aid trumpet players. Currently Lecturer in Brass at Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music (Australia), he has also been on staff at Brandon University (Canada), served as assistant to Arto Hoornweg at the Utrecht Conservatory (Netherlands), and led trumpet ensembles and masterclasses at the Oberlin Trumpet Workshop (USA).   



Selected publications


Education and training

  • DMA, Yale University 2011
  • MMA, Yale University 2007
  • MM, Yale University 2006
  • B.Mus., Oberlin College 2004

Awards and honors

  • With Ensemble Three for the premiere performance of "Voodoo Sonnets" by James Ledger, Melbourne Recital Centre 2017 Contemporary Masters Award, 2017
  • University of Melbourne - Faculty of the VCA and MCM - Teaching Award, 2015
  • OLT - $225,000 Grant - "Transforming one-to-one learning and teaching in conservatoires" led by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, 2014
  • Principal Investigator (w/ Prof. G McPherson) for a LTI grant for mobile platform app titled "Musicians' Drones." Awarded $28,000, University of Melbourne - Office of the Provost (Learning and Teaching Initiatives), 2013
  • Co-investigator for a grant to fund "Three: Engaging Victoria's Communities with Sound." Awarded $5,000 for commissions of new musical compostions., Cultural and Community Relations Fund, 2012
  • Co-investigator for a grant to fund "Three: Engaging Victoria's Communities with Sound." Awarded total requested amount of $16,138.00, Regional Training and Engagement Fund, 2012
  • Co-investigator for a grant to fund the purchase of new specialised musical instruments for use by the Conservatorium's brass program. Awarded $23,144, Collier Charitable Fund, 2012
  • Awarded a Fulbright Grant for a performance/study project in the Netherlands (Utrecht) focusing on contemporary music by Dutch and American composers., Fulbright Program, 2007


Available for supervision

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