The VCU Trumpet Studio is comprised of more than 20 dedicated students who study with four trumpet artist/teachers. We offer many degree options for students interested in pursuing music as a major as well as performance and educational opportunities for music minors and non-music majors. Instruction is available in the areas of fundamental technique, improvisational skills, orchestral repertoire, chamber music, solo repertoire, jazz repertoire and more.
In addition to weekly private lessons and a trumpet master class, VCU trumpet students also have the opportunity to perform in the VCU Symphony, Wind Ensemble, University Band, small jazz ensembles, jazz orchestras, trumpet ensembles, brass quintets, large brass ensembles, and other chamber ensembles.
As a service to the university and the community, the VCU trumpet studio and brass area often host clinics, master classes and performances by renowned guest artists that are free and open to the public.
Numerous VCU students have been semi-finalists, finalists and prizewinners in the solo and jazz improvisation divisions of the National Trumpet Competition. Individual members of the trumpet studio have also distinguished themselves in international brass festivals and summer festivals and in prominent graduate programs around the country.