Kurt Kumme enjoys an active career as a freelance trumpet player and educator in the Austin area. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School, where he studied with Jay Lichtmann and Roger Murtha (Hartford Symphony). In 2008 he completed the Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Ray Sasaki. While living in Hartford, Connecticut, his versatility was demonstrated as a member of Hartford salsa bands The Latin Heart Beat Orchestra and Syncopacion’, as well as being the founding member of the Midnight Brass Quintet. Kurt is formerly a member of the touring group The American Wind Symphony. He currently teaches privately in Austin at Westwood High School, Canyon Vista and West Ridge Middle Schools. You can hear (but not see) Kurt performing in the orchestras of musical theater productions at the Austin Playhouse, Austin Summer-stock and Zilker Park, as well as numerous other venues in the greater Austin area.
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Texas State University
Robert Cannon is currently Principal Trumpet with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Opera Orchestra. He teaches trumpet at Texas State University, Cedar Park High School and Cedar Park Middle School. He holds a Doctoral degree in Music from the University of Texas at Austin and has studied privately from some of the top professional trumpet players in the country including James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Raymond Crisara of the NBC Symphony and Richard Giangiulio of the Dallas Symphony among others.
Gilbert Elorreaga is a trumpeter for Latin-funk and cumbia powerhouse Grupo Fantasma and progressive funk ensemble Brownout based out of Austin, Texas. With Grupo, Gilbert is a 2008 Grammy Award nominee and a 2010 Grammy winner in the Best Latin Rock category for Grupo’s album El Existencial, and was the backing band for several tours with the late artist Prince. In 2013 Gilbert was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Austin music scene.
Along with his performing successes, Gilbert remains a dedicated teacher. He has maintained an 80-strong studio of the next generation of trumpeters since 2000. He’s placed students in the highly competitive Texas All-State Bands/Orchestras every year for the last decade. Students from his studio have gone on to win scholarships to some of the most prestigious music programs in the country including The University of Texas-Austin, University of North Texas, Baylor, Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Mannes School of Music and Eastman.
Gilbert lives in Austin with wife Laura and two little girls, Elena and Ashley. His love for the San Antonio Spurs is only second to his love for his family. He is an alumnus of Texas State University where he studied with Dr. Keith Winking.
Austin Symphony Orchestra
Kyle Koronka joined the Austin Symphony Orchestra trumpet section in 2014. He has previously performed with the Austin Opera, Round Rock Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Waco Symphony and Brazos Valley Symphony.
Kyle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, where he received the Donald I. Moore Award for Outstanding Senior Instrumentalist. He completed a Master of Music degree from Rice University, where he was the recipient of the Armando Ghitalla Memorial Scholarship. In 2010, Kyle completed a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as graduate teaching assistant for the trumpet studio. His principal teachers include Wiff Rudd, Michael Ewald, Marie Speziale and Ray Sasaki.
Kyle serves on the faculties of Southwestern University and Austin Community College, as Part-Time Assistant Professor of Applied Music and Adjunct Associate Professor, respectively. Kyle previously served as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Trinity University in San Antonio. He also maintains a large teaching studio with students from all over the Austin area.
Kyle is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
For more information, please visit http://www.kylekoronka.com.