Trumpet

Trumpet students perform with the wind ensemble in Corbett Auditorium

CCM's Trumpet Studio strives to provide students with the training and expertise needed for a successful career.

Recent graduates from the trumpet studio are active in every facet of the music business, including major symphony orchestras, military bands, chamber music, and collegiate and public school teaching positions.

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Philip R. Collins

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trumpet

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Michael Patrick Mergen

Associate Professor of Trumpet

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CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Audition Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Applicants should perform only on B-flat and/or C trumpets. Applicants must prepare the following (in any order that works best for you)
  • Arban Characteristic Study #1
  • Etude: One Concone Lyrical Study or equivalent (choose one that accurately reflects your abilities)
  • Solo: One movement of a standard solo work OR 5-6 minutes from a single movement work

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Applicants should perform only on B-flat and/or C trumpets
  • Two etudes in contrasting style that accurately reflects your abilities (can use the etude/s from pre-screening) 
  • One solo of the applicant’s choice
  •  Solo: Concerto in E- at, Haydn OR Hummel, mvt. 1 only
  • Up to three standard orchestral excerpts

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Etude: Charlier Etude No. 2 OR No. 4
  • Etude: Brandt Orchestral Etude No. 1 OR No. 11
  • Solo: One movement of a standard solo work OR 5-8 minutes from a single-movement work
  • Three standard orchestral excerpts

Audition

Audition Requirements

  • Two etudes in contrasting style that accurately reflects your abilities. Choose from Charlier, Bitsch, Longinotti, Tomasi or equivalent (can use the etude/s from pre-screening)
  • One major solo of the applicant’s choice
  • One complete concerto from the standard trumpet repertoire
  • Five orchestra excerpts, including:
    • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (opening solo)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (opening and lyric solo) 
    •  Respighi: Pines of Rome (offstage solo)
  • Required for AD applicants only: Honegger: Intrada OR Tomasi: Concerto, mvt. 1.

Recent guest artists and presenters have included:

  • Romain Leleu, French trumpet soloist
  • Wayne Bergeron, LA Studio Musician and Jazz Trumpeter
  • Marie Speziale, Cincinnati Symphony and Rice University Shepherd School of Music (retired)
  • Langston Fitzgerald, Baltimore Symphony and Penn State School of Music
  • The US Army Field Band, Brass Quintet

Festivals/Competitions/Summer Activities/Audition

  • NAIRAM SIMOES, AMY SCHAAF, JENNA VEVERKA, and STEPHEN M. WADSACK, National Trumpet Competition, 3rd Place (2016)
  • NATHAN SHEPPARD, U.S. Army Band Program (2014)
  • RICO FLORES, Principal Trumpet, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Univesrsidad de Guanajuato (2014)
  • TIERNEY MCLEAN, 3rd Trumpet, Symphony of the Lakes (2014)
  • ADRIENNE DOCTOR, winner, Pershing's Own Army Band (2013)
  • DANIEL ARUTE, Runner-Up, 2nd Trumpet Ann Arbor Symphony (2013)
  • DANIEL ARUTE, Principal Trumpet, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (2013)
  • JOEL BAROODY, winner, Coast Guard Band (2011).
  • KYLE RUTH, Principal Trumpet, Central Opera of Beijing, China. (2011)
  • DAVID WUCHTER, winner, U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, Dayton, OH (2011)
  • ADRIENNE DOCTOR, Yamaha Young Artist Competition Finalist(2010).
  • DANIEL ARUTE, Blue Lake Staff
  • BRISTON HATCHELL, Blue Lake Staff
  • ROBBY MOSER, Aspen Music Festival Participant

Professional Appointments

  • GEORGE CARPTEN IV, Trumpet Instructor, Northern Kentucky University
  • CHRISTIAN LUCE, Member US Army Band
  • BARRETT NEWMAN, Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • ADRIENNE DOCTOR, Pershing's Own US Army Band, Washington, D.C.
  • DANIEL ARUTE, US Navy Band
  • JOEL BAROODY, US Coast Guard Band, New London, CN
  • DAVID WUCHTER, US Air Force Band of Flight, Dayton, OH
  • KYLE RUTH, Principal Trumpet, Central Opera of Beijing, China
  • RORY POWELL, Beckfield College, Cincinnati, OH
  • SCOTT BELCK, Director of Jazz Studies, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, OH
  • STEPHEN CAMPBELL, Principal Trumpet, Lima Symphony Orchestra
  • BRIANA REICHGOTT, music Instructor at the Pinnacle School in Bloomington, IN
  • JUSTIN STAMPS, 2nd trumpet, Boise Philharmonic Orchestra
  • DANIEL ZEHRINGER, Assistant professor of trumpet at Wright State University
  • ADAM HAYES, Artist/Professor in Residence at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.  Principal trumpet, Albany (GA) Symphony.
  • JAMES ACKLEY, Associate Professor of trumpet at the University of South Carolina.
  • BRYAN CRISP, Adjunct Trumpet Instructor at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH.
  • DIANA MILLER, Teaching Assistantship at Western Illinois University.
  • MATTHEW FARLEY, Director of bands, Liberty High School (Bedford, Virginia).
  • ASHLEY HALL, 3rd trumpet in Dayton Philharmonic, internationally recognized soloist.
  • JASON SANDERS, US Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
  • GUNNAR BRUNING, US Navy Band, Washington, DC.
  • CHRIS PAGNARD, US Air Force Band, Washington, DC.
  • JOHN IRISH, Professor of Trumpet and Horn at San Angelo State College, San Angelo, Texas.
  • AMY JONES, Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Morehead State University
  • GORDON HANN, Principal Trumpet of the Piedmont Symphony in Hickoty North Carolina.
  • VALENTIN LUKASHUK, US Navy Band, Washington, D.C.

Please note the following information regarding studio scale requirements. All semesters are cumulative. All exercises should be prepared tongued and slurred.

Freshman Year: Quarter Note = 100
Fall   Spring
Major Scales (2 octaves) Harmonic Minor Scales (2 octaves)
Major Arpeggios (2 octaves)      Melodic Minor Scales (2 octaves)
Natural Minor Scales (2 octaves) Irons #7 and 8
Minor Arpeggios (2 octaves) All Chromatic Scales
Clarke #2 (Major) Clarke #3
Irons #5 and 6  
Sophomore Year: Quarter Note = 112
Fall Spring
Clarke #2 (Harmonic Minor) Dorian mode (1 octave)
Irons #9-14 Mixolydian mode (1 octave)
Major Scales in 3rds (1 octave) Whole Tone Scales (1 octave)
  Irons #15-20
Junior Year: Quarter Note = 120
Fall Spring
Diminished Arpeggios (2 octaves) Gekker #3
Clarke #2 (Whole Tone) Gekker #7
Senior Year: Quarter Note = 120
Fall Spring
Augmented Arpeggios (2 octaves) Spring: Major Scales in 4ths
Graduate Students: Quarter Note = 120
Fall and Spring
Cumulative Exam each semester

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