Trumpet Master Class with James Thompson and Douglas Prosser

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 11 am to 1 pm
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As part of the Eastman Brass Quintet Residency at Wright State University from January 20-21, James Thompson and Douglas Prosser will conduct a master class. The class is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in performing in the class should contact WSU Associate Professor of Trumpet, Daniel Zehringer, at

James Thompson is Professor of Trumpet at the renowned Eastman School of Music. He came to this position having played Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since September 1990. He has held corresponding positions with the Phoenix Symphony, the Orchestra of the State of Mexico, the National Symphony of Mexico, and for 14 years, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He is in addition currently Solo trumpet of the Orchestra Toscanini under the direction of Loren Mazel.Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he began trumpet studies at the age of ten. His principal teachers included Richard Longfield and Roger Voisin.

Mr. Thompson has been active both as a soloist and a teacher. He has taught trumpet and Brass Ensemble at Northern Arizona University, the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has also performed as soloist with orchestras in North and South America as well as Europe. In 1979 he competed in the first Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition and was a prizewinner. He has made recital tours to Japan, Australia Canada, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Latin America. He has also been a guest artist with the Summit Brass, a brass chamber ensemble made up of members from America¹s finest orchestras, and Chicago¹s Music of the Baroque. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Opening Ceremonies he was seen performing a jazz/gospel trumpet solo on television more than 3 billion people. In the last year he has performed as guest Principal Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony.

Mr. Thompson has also actively encouraged new compositions for the trumpet. In 1987 he performed the world premiere of Malcolm Forsyth¹s Concerto for Trumpet, which was written for him and the Montreal Symphony.

He has recorded this concerto with the Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra for CBC Records in May 1992. In 1990 he performed the Quebec premier of Jacques Hetu¹s Trumpet Concerto, and in March of 1992 he gave the world premier of the Glenn Buhr Concerto for Trumpet, also written for him and the Montreal Symphony.

Mr. Thompson can be heard on London Decca recordings with the Montreal Symphony, and Telarc¹s Atlanta Symphony releases. He has also recorded on the Chandos Label in performances, which include, Vivaldi¹s Concerto for Two Trumpets, and the critically acclaimed Shostakovich Concerto #1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. In addition he has recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble new works for trumepet and Wind Ensemble entitled Danzon.

Mr.Thompson is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Douglas Prosser received his BM from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Mark Gould. He served as Principal trumpet in the City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (1987-95), and has been Principal Trumpet of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995 and a member of Eastman Brass since 1998.

He was a faculty member at the University of Barcelona (summers, 1990-95) and a visiting professor at Nazareth College (spring 1997) before joining the Eastman faculty in 1997.

He has given numerous master classes, lectures, recitals, and concerts in Spain and the United States. His recent engagements include:

December 2005: Master class at Towson University
December 2005: Guest artist and recitalist at the International Historical and Cultural Festival, Campeche, Mexico
January 2006: Guest artist and clinician, Barcelona and Zaragoza, Spain
Summer 2007: Acting Associate Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center
April 2009: Guest artist performance of Tomasi Trumpet Concerto, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Summers 2009-2011: faculty member of the Bar Harbor Brass Festival, Bar Harbor, Maine
February 2010: Master class at SUNY Brockport
April 2010: Master class at SUNY Fredonia
2010-2012: sporadic work as guest Principal Trumpet, Buffalo Philharmonic
February 2011: Master class at the University of Colorado at Boulder
September 2011: Trumpet Master classes and private instruction, New World Symphony, Miami, Florida
September 2011-2012: Ten weeks as substitute Associate Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra ending with a two-week tour of China (Beijing, Tianjin, Guanzhou, Shanghai) and San Francisco

He has appeared on various recordings, starting in 1985, with CBS Masterworks (Eastman Wind Ensemble with Winton Marsalis) and continuing with albums on EMI Classics (City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra), Harmonia Mundi (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra), and Arabesque (Eastman-Dryden Orchestra).

For information, contact
Daniel Zehringer
Associate Professor of Trumpet

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