Eastman School of Music, DMA
Eastman School of Music, MM
Houghton College, BM
Barbara Hull is a trumpet performer and teacher and makes her home in Rochester, New York. She performs regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. Ms. Hull teaches applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College. She also teaches trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and is the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. Barbara directs the concert band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music.
Ms. Hull earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of Eastman's Performer's Certificate, and, as the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during a recent collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project, Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.
Barbara was Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998, recording with the orchestra under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque, she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.
One of Ms. Hull's earliest and most influential teachers was the late James Burke, who for 28 years was cornet soloist with the Edwin Franko Goldman Band. Jimmy was one of the last virtuoso cornetists of the twentieth century, and during her study with him, Barbara concentrated on the cornet style of playing epitomized by Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method. Ms. Hull was one of the last students to study with Burke before his death and counts it a rare privilege to have studied with such a master.
Barbara completed her undergraduate work at Houghton College, where she earned the B.Mus. degree and studied with Dr. Harold McNiel. Other instructors include Mark Gould, Robert Earley, Niklas Eklund, and David Kuehn. Ms. Hull has participated in master classes with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz and Allen Vizzutti.
Personal web page: www.barbarahulltrumpet.com