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Trumpet Studio

About the Studio

Welcome to the Trumpet Studio at Boise State University! The Trumpet Studio consists of an average of 10 to 15 undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States with approximately one-half coming from Idaho. At Boise State you can take advantage of a number of degree programs that will allow you focus on the trumpet and simultaneously investigate other areas of interest.

The Boise State Trumpet Studio is a group of like-minded individuals dedicated to achieving the highest standards of musical performance and pedagogy through the development of extraordinary technique and musicality. Under the direction of Dr. Zach Buie and Dr. Derek Ganong, the Trumpet Studio believes dedicating themselves to these concepts will prepare trumpeters to be successful in entering any career in today’s musical landscape.

Boise State University is one of the few universities to provide a faculty brass quintet. Both Dr. Buie and Dr. Ganong are well versed in many styles including classical, jazz, world, orchestral, and chamber music. At Boise State you will have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive musical education and a liberal arts foundation.

The Trumpet Studio provides a supportive yet challenging environment designed to help students maximize their potential.  Reaching the highest level of musicianship is achieved through mutual effort of the teacher and student, which is why the studio remains active and vigilant to ensure success.  Weekly studio activities include warm-up classes, studio class, chamber ensemble coachings, and individual lessons.

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All students participate in ensembles, which include Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, All-Campus Band, Marching Band, and Chamber music.

During their time at the Boise State University, graduate and exceptional undergraduate students are encouraged to work in the many professional and community ensembles available in our region.  Trumpet students are fortunate to have access and exposure to the highest caliber of music making in the area. We maintain strong connections with the Boise Philharmonic, Opera Idaho, Ballet Idaho, Meridian Symphony, Treasure Valley Concert Band, Boise Jazz Society, Boise Blues Society, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. We also regularly have students selected to perform with the Brass Band of the Treasure Valley, a British Style Brass Band. We are focused on preparing students for a fulfilling and varied career in the arts, by encouraging them to follow their interests and guiding them to gain valuable skills and experiences.

Additional enrichment comes from frequent guest recitals and master classes by some of the world’s leading trumpeters: Tom Hooten, Boyde Hood, Peyden Shelton, Randy Brecker, Stephen Campbell, Dan Rosenboom, Bijon Watson, Buddy Deshler, and John Daversa to name a few.

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