Why Study Trumpet at Gardner-Webb?
The trumpet studio at Gardner-Webb is one of the best on the East Coast.
Timothy Hudson, our trumpet professor, is a Summit Recording Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist. He is a graduate of Indiana University (honor graduate), New England Conservatory of Music (honor graduate) and UNC Greensboro, and studied trumpet with Charles Schlueter, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Edmund Cord, former Principal Trumpet with the Israel Philharmonic and Utah Symphony Orchestras; and Dr. Frederick Beck, former Professor of Trumpet at UNC Greensboro.
As a performer, Mr. Hudson has been a member of professional orchestras in the U.S. and abroad under world class conductors including Lorin Maazel, Yoel Levi, Leonard Slatkin, Grant Llewellyn, James DePreist, Timothy Myers, Mariss Jansons, Gunther Schuller and Enrique Batiz. He has held the Principal Trumpet position with the Knoxville Symphony (TN), Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, New England Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. He is a former member of the International Orchestra (Israel), New England Chamber Orchestra, and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra (IN), and has also played with the Oslo Philharmonic (Norway), Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (DC), Boston Philharmonic, Greensboro Symphony (NC), Winston-Salem Symphony (NC), Charlotte Symphony (NC), Charleston Symphony (SC), Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN), the North Carolina Symphony, and is Principal Trumpet with the Opera Company of North Carolina.
Mr. Hudson performed and recorded a PBS Special with the Canadian Brass, Canterbury Brass and Star of Indiana, and has recorded for Summit Records, Academy Sound and Vision, Ltd. (London), OSEM (Mexico), Mode Records (NY), Mark Records (NY), Mellencamp and Associates Group of the Navarre Corp. (IN), and IBA (Israel) labels. As an artist/educator, he has performed throughout the US, Mexico, England, New Zealand, the Far East and Israel. He has been a winner of chamber music competitions at Fischoff (IN), Coleman (CA), and the New York Brass Conference Quintet Competition. His interest in new music has led to dozens of world premiere performances and recordings including Copper Lake Fantasy (1990) by David P. Jones, written for Mr. Hudson and Boston Symphony Orchestra Pianist Deborah Dewolf Emery, and Piedmont Suite for Brass Quintet and Percussion by Arthur Frackenpohl, commissioned by the Carolina Brass.
As an educator, Mr. Hudson has been teaching trumpet since 1983 and began his college teaching career at the age of 25. He was the primary Instructor of Trumpet at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where he received “The 1991-1992 Most Outstanding Faculty Member” award for the State University of New York at Potsdam. He has also taught at the Conservatory of Music of the State of Mexico, was Associate Instructor of Trumpet at Indiana University 1993-1995, Lecturer at the University of Tennessee Knoxville 1995-1996, Brass Division Head/Professor of Trumpet at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan from 1996-1997, Assistant Professor of Trumpet at NC School of the Arts 2000-2001, Lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill for the fall semester 2006, and Orchestra Conductor and Trumpet Instructor at High Point University from 2006-2008. From 1990-1998, he was on the music faculty at the New England Music Camp in Oakland, Maine. Mr. Hudson has given numerous master classes and solo recitals at many of the nations leading universities. He regularly publishes articles, arranges and transcribes music, is a Record Reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, as well as the national honor societies of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Eta Sigma. Currently, Mr. Hudson is on the Trumpet Artist/Faculty at Gardner-Webb University.
Mr. Hudson is the founding member and Director of the Carolina Brass, an ensemble committed to arts in education. Under his direction, Carolina Brass has become a national touring ensemble and Summit Recording Artist, with compact disc recordings distributed internationally on the Summit Record label.
In addition, Mr. Hudson maintains a very active performance schedule playing an average of some 250 jobs each year. These include performances with Carolina Brass, the NC Symphony, the Opera Company of NC, and for the past 20 years, backing up pop/jazz artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Neil Sedaka, Tony Bennett, Branford Marsalis, Mannheim Steamroller, Kenny Rogers, Mike Cross, Bobby Vinton, The Moody Blues, Chuck Mangione and Dizzy Gillespie.
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