NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is pleased to welcome two new members to our Brass Studies faculty. Our new Director of Brass Studies is John D. Rojak (above left), bass trombonist of the American Brass Quintet, Orchestra Of St. Luke's, and New York Pops. In addition, our newest horn faculty member is Philip Myers (right), principal horn of the New York Philharmonic.
"The strength of NYU – the culture here, the intelligence of the students, and the richness of the faculty in all departments – is astounding," said Rojak. "The more rounded you are as an individual, the better and more interesting life you’ll have, and we have experts and resources here to serve that desire for knowledge. Among our diverse Brass Studies faculty we have extensive expertise in all fields of music: symphonic, chamber, Broadway, jazz, commercial – anything you could think of. We know the ways to get started in those professions – not only how to be a great player, but also who you need to know, and what you need to do. A lot of life is about opportunities, and when an opportunity comes, you need to be ready. Here at NYU we offer the diverse programs, the strong academics, and the intensive training to prepare you to make the most of your opportunities."
Rojak continued, "Music has always been a competitive field and a risky profession, but, as we’ve seen recently, any profession can be risky. I’ve always felt that it’s best to follow your passion and to work in a field you love, rather than having financial reward as your primary goal. I’ve found that when you passionately pursue a higher goal of striving for art and beauty and do it with integrity, that material success will follow."