RICHARD STOELZEL

Hailed as "one of the foremost performers and teachers of trumpet in the U.S." Richard Stoelzel maintains an active career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Reviewers have called his trumpet playing, "virtuosic and lyrical," "liquid like tone," "his bel canto style gave this reviewer chills." He began his career as solo cornet with the United States Coast Guard Band, a presidential band. In this position he performed throughout the U.S. and gave numerous command performances for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. As a soloist he has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad including five highly successful tours of China and as a result earned the title of "Distinguished Visiting Professor" at the Shen Yang Conservatory of Music and other schools throughout China. Stoelzel has performed as a soloist at the 2003, 2007, and 2009 International Trumpet Guild Conference. At the 2009 conference, he was a featured soloist with the Keystone Wind Ensemble as well as performing with the Aries Trio.
As an orchestral musician Stoelzel has performed as principal and utility trumpet including substitute principal trumpet with the Detroit Symphony as well as third and assistant principal trumpet of the New Orleans Symphony and was winner of the principal trumpet position in 1993. He has held positions with the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, Florida Symphonic Pops, New World Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Bear Lake Music Festival, and the Des Moines Opera Orchestra. He has performed with the Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore, Jacksonville, and Louisville symphony orchestras. Stoelzel is presently principal trumpet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and serves on the artist faculty of the Masterworks Summer Music Festival held at Grace College in Indiana and Brass Coordinator of the Crescendo Institute in Hungary. As a chamber musician Stoelzel is the founder and performs with the Aries Trio, Drum and Brass (comprised of five of the country's finest trumpeters), and the Avatar Brass. Avatar Brass held a residency at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church for three years. During that time Avatar Brass performed on weekly international and national broadcasts. He was also a founding member of the New World Brass and has performed and toured with the Michigan Chamber Brass. In addition to live performances, Stoelzel can be heard on over 20 compact discs including 7 with Avatar Brass as well as with the Louisville Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony (PBS broadcast), New Orleans Symphony, Asaph Orchestra, U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Stoelzel's solo recordings, Born to be Mild and A Mild Fantasie, both on the Albany label, have received warm critical acclaim and played on numerous radio stations across the country and oversees. Born to be Mild was named "CD of the Week" by Wisconsin Public Radio. Reviewers have called his recordings, "a must have," "bursting with a sense of joy and excitement," "unfailing and attractive music." American Record Guide reviewer stated, "I am truly taken by his sweet trumpet tone. It only takes a few seconds to be won over." (American Record Guide). As a pedagogue Stoelzel has been on the faculties of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Harid Conservatory, and is Professor of Trumpet at Grand Valley State University. His students have consistently won national and international awards (20 international prizes and 20 national prizes) including an unprecedented three awards at the 2000 International Trumpet Guild Competition and have since been regular finalists and winners. The GVSU Trumpet Ensemble, under his direction, has received numerous awards at the National Trumpet Competition including two first-place awards in 2006 and 2008. His students have also won positions in numerous orchestras, military bands, and professional chamber ensembles such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Canadian Brass, Atlantic Brass, Burning River Brass, and Proteus 7. In the United States Stoelzel has served as chairman of the ITG Orchestral and Solo Competitions as well as serving as a finalist judge in the solo competition. He has also served as the chair of the National Trumpet Competition College Division. In 2013 Stoelzel served as Host of the highly successful 38th Conference of the International Trumpet Guild. Stoelzel has worked and commissioned over 40 new works for trumpet by such noted composers as Eric Ewazen, James Stephenson, Arthur Weisburg, Kurt Ellenberger, Bill Ryan, Erik Morales, Robert Bradshaw, and Tom Davis. He has recently released a CD as soloist with the Grinnell Wind Ensemble (Mark Dorr, conductor) featuring two new works that he commissioned. In 2006 Stoelzel co-produced and appeared as soloist on the CD titled Spirit of this Place for former President of Grand Valley State University Mark Murray. Stoelzel is also an accomplished conductor. He was the principal pops conductor for the Harid Conservatory as well as music director of the Florida Wind Symphony, a professional wind ensemble based in Boca Raton, FL. Stoelzel is the Artistic Director of the GVSU International Trumpet Seminar which he started in 2005. Stoelzel's teachers have included Daniel Patrylak, Leon Rapier, Steve Hendrickson, James Thompson, Philip Smith (isolated lessons) and Charles Schlueter (isolated lessons). Stoelzel is a Yamaha International Performing Artist. Please visit his website at www.richardstoelzel.com

internationally acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, soloist and teacher.  Since moving to Boca Raton in 1989, he has had a versatile music career in South Florida.  Jeff is Artistic Director, Principal Trumpeter and Featured Soloist for The Symphonia, Boca Raton. He performs frequently with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony and Brass Miami. He is a core member of Michael Stern’s Iris Chamber Orchestra in Germantown Tennesse, where he has been a featured soloist.  Jeff also leads the highly acclaimed Florida Brass and Jeff Kaye & Friends Jazz Quintet.
Jeff held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Florida Philharmonic from 1989 to 2003. He was also Principal Trumpet of the Florida Grand Opera, the Florida Philharmonic Pops Orchestra and the Miami Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Kaye is presently on Faculty at Palm Beach Atlantic University teaching Applied Trumpet and Trumpet Pedagogy. He has also served as Professional in Residence in Trumpet and Jazz studies at Louisiana State University and taught Jazz Studies as well as Applied Trumpet.  Jeff also performed with the Norem Brass Quintet. Prior to Jeff’s appointment at LSU he spent two years as Artist in Residence at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV.  Mr. Kaye served as Trumpet Professor at the New World School of the Arts in Miami where he received the “Teacher of the Year Award”. He also was the coach for the New World Brass Ensemble.
 
Jeff has been on the EMF faculty since 2009. Prior to that he was Principal Trumpet at Santa Fe Opera for 4 seasons. Other summer engagements include Aspen Music Festival, Waterloo Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Festival where he was a fellow and played under Leonard Bernstein.

Jeff received both a Bachelors of Arts in performance and a Bachelors of Science in Music Management from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. He was then awarded a talent scholarship by the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he earned a Masters Degree in Music Performance.

Jeff’s music can be heard on several recordings. Most notably is the award winning Florida Philharmonic CD recording of Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony which received critical acclaim, notably for the Blumine movement: “The Blumine is especially welcome for the ineffably cool, poised tones of principal trumpeter Jeffrey Kaye.” - Orchestral Reviews BBC music magazine.

CATHERINE TURNER

Originally from West Chester, Ohio, Catherine Turner has been the Second Horn of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal since 2010 and Principal Horn of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra since 2015. Before joining the OSM, she held the positions of Fourth Horn in the San Antonio Symphony and Assistant Principal Horn in The Florida Orchestra. As a soloist, she was the winner of the Horn Division of the 2014 Susan Slaughter Solo Competition at the International Women’s Brass Conference, and has been featured on Public Radio International’s “From the Top.” She has also performed internationally as a soloist, giving both the U.S. and European premieres of Brant Karrick’s “Taranto Reflections” for Horn and Wind Symphony, at the American School of Paris and St. John’s Smith Square in London. Prior to her appointment with The Florida Orchestra, Catherine attended Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied with William VerMeulen. Her studies also included numerous summer programs, with fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a student of John Zirbel and the winner of the Brass and Percussion Concerto Competition in 2009.

New York City-based trombonist Mike Lormand is a performer of eclectic classical music in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Mike is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, Deviant Septet, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and Weather Vest Quartet. He also performs frequently with Talea Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, TILT Brass, and Steve Coleman’s Council of Balance. His passion for the orchestral repertoire has led to performances with Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Knights, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, IRIS Orchestra, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A brass instructor at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, Mike enjoys connecting students to lasting personal relationships with music, sharing insights taught to him by his teachers, Per Brevig, Dave Taylor, Marta Hofacre, and Bob Schmaltz. Mike is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (MM) and University of Southern Mississippi (BM).

Brown, a native of Reading, Pennsylvania, began his musical studies on the classical guitar at the age of seven and started playing the tuba at the age of fifteen. At the age of seventeen he became the grand-prize winner of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and made his concerto debut with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia later that same year to rave reviews: “Brown was exciting…..a tour de force!” (Allentown Morning Call); “The best performance of the {Vaughn Williams} tuba concerto I recall hearing!” (Bethlehem Globe Times).
While a tuba student at Boston University, he began his professional chamber music career as tubist and founding member of the award-winning Paramount Brass Quintet. Mr. Brown went on to study at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University, and he holds degrees from Mansfield University and Michigan State University. His teachers include Sam Pilafian, Phil Sinder, David Fedderly, Robert Shunk, Steve McEuen, and Don Stanley.
A founding member of the Avatar Brass Quintet, he has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States, including weekly internationally televised performances from the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Brown is an active arranger, having arranged and transcribed over one hundred pieces for various brass ensembles, many of which are published by his own publishing company – Hawkeye Music Publications. He is a member of ASCAP.
Mr. Brown has held the principal tuba position with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, and has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, Ballet Florida, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Reading Symphony, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Alea III, and Ensemble 21.
From 1994 through 2000, he served as a member of the Artist Faculty at the prestigious Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Lynn University Conservatory) in Boca Raton, FL, where he taught applied tuba, coached chamber music, and conducted the brass ensemble. He has also served on the faculty at Millersville University, Montclair State University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Michigan State University, and Florida Atlantic University where he was a Schmidt Distinguished Teaching Fellow.
Currently, Mr. Brown resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children. In addition to performing and conducting, he is well known as an avid collector and dealer of vintage recordings. He is currently professor of low brass at Franklin and Marshall College (PA). Mr. Brown is the principal tubist with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA.
Mr. Brown released his first solo recording, “How Beautiful – The Music of Barbara York”, in March, 2011. For more information, please visit Matt’s website at www.matthewkbrown.net.
Matt is a Buffet Group USA Artist/Clinician, and performs exclusively on Meinl Weston tubas.