March 2014

Klemm & Bros  Eb saxhorn
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As many young trumpet players consider careers in music- where to go and who to study with are questions that need serious answers. In order to assist or at least create an awareness I am contacting trumpet players/teachers with a few questions so you can begin your process of exploration.


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Steven Trinkle has a very eclectic and cosmopolitan career.  After graduating from Washburn University and Ithaca College he began working as a trumpeter in orchestras in the United State, Italy and Venezuela including the Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica dalla Radiotelevisione Italiana and the Orquestra Sinfonica de Maracaibo.

He has ben a professor at several universities and colleges including the State University of New York at Cortland, the University of South Carolina, Pembroke State University, Shenandoah University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

And the questions are…

Question: Favorite recordings for students to hear?
1. Solo recordings – Niklas Eklund, Don Smithers and Håkan Hardenberger
Orchestra recordings – the old Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Berlin, Vienna recordings  – 1960’s and earlier.

Question: Your most useful practice material- what is on your stand?
2. What’s on my stand: Schlossberg, Stamp, Arban, Sachse, a variety of etude books (old and new), orchestral excerpt books and a bunch of solos.

Question: Websites you recommend (including your own)?
3. Websites:

Question: What do you look for in a potential incoming freshman student?
4. I look for and evaluate the personality of the auditioning trumpeter.  People with bright eyes and an open eagerness to learn make the best students. Being able to play all the scales and play the etude or solo with interesting musical ideas gets my attention as well. It’s important to have a strong command of musical and technical fundamentals.