Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
When Brevig started at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1968, as the co-principle trombonist, Karl Boehm, and Herbert von Karajan were the principal conductors. Brevig had a one-year contract, but he was given full tenure after three months. Although he left the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1994 to embark on a conducting career, Brevig kept his teaching positions at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College the New School for Music, New York University, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He had also been on the trombone faculty at Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music for four years.
The Juilliard Brass Ensemble
During the 1980s Per Brevig formed the Juilliard Brass Ensemble, an ensemble that performed not only at Juilliard but also outside the school, such as concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and on a tour to Europe.
"...The Juilliard Brass Ensemble is a superior ensemble with an exceptional conductor who treated us to an advanced program."
— Dagen, May 29, 1989
"YOUNG FESTIVAL PERFORMERS GOING FORTH... The Juilliard Brass Ensemble came with Per Brevig, professor at the prestigious school from New York City - and the ensemble played with all possible brilliance."
— Aftenposten, May 29, 1989
Per Brevig with the Juilliard Brass Ensemble
at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
...This student ensemble, from one of the world's greatest institutions of music, has acquired an extremely high professional standard. It is nearly incomprehensible that one can present such ensemble-playing considering the yearly change in personnel. The Norwegian-American conductor Per Brevig, who formerly played in the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra for several years, must be an outstanding instructor and conductor to build such a repertoire and perform it in such an unsurpassed way. These results are not possible without hard work and effort. The concert Saturday showed incredibly intimate and flawless ensemble-playing. Most impressive was the timber, tone quality and substance of interpretation inherent in the music. Never exaggerated; all the time disciplined; one instrument never projecting at the expense of the ensemble playing... Thank you for an exquisite concert..."
— Bergens Tidende, May 29, 1989