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Master Classes

UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

UT Tyler is pleased to host the following master classes during 2017-2018

Craig Morris Trumpet Master Class
Rebecca Wilt Accompanying Master Class

March 5, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Trumpet Master Class - FAC 1221
Accompanying Master Class - Braithwaite Recital Hall

Craig Morris

Craig Morris is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC where he teaches trumpet and also coaches chamber music. Prior to his arrival in Miami, Professor Morris held the positions of Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony and Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony. He has also won auditions for Principal Trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony, Fourth Trumpet of the Boston Symphony, and Fourth Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.

After winning international recognition, Professor Morris now devotes himself to his work as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Regarded as a leading proponent for new music and original programming, he recently premiered major pieces by two leading American composers -- a major new concerto by Joel Puckett titled The Fifteenth Night of the Moon and The Lightning Fields, a major new work for trumpet and piano by Michael Daugherty. The latter is slated to be orchestrated into a concerto in 2017.

Professor Morris is featured in two solo recordings on the Naxos label -- the Concerto for Trumpet and Winds by Thom Sleeper on the album Reflections (also written for Morris), and his acclaimed debut solo album Permit Me Voyage, featuring his own original transcriptions of Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber. These recordings are distributed worldwide and can heard on radio stations around the globe. His next album, recorded by Grammy Award winning engineer John Newton, will be dedicated entirely to the solo music of Philip Glass.

As a soloist, Professor Morris has been featured with ensembles and festivals around the world, including concerto appearances with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC Wind Ensemble, and the Miami Bach Society, to name a few. He is slated to perform and record the Christopher Rouse concerto for trumpet, Heimdall's Trumpet, with the Albany Symphony in February of 2018. This recording will be the world premier recording of this piece, and will be featured on an album of world premier recordings of Rouse concertos.

Professor Morris has also appeared at leading international festivals, including Instrumenta Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Schagerl Brass Festival in Melk, Austria, the Blekinge International Brass Institute in Karlskrona, Sweden, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival in Beijing, China. He has been the principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2007, and has served as guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, and the Jacksonville Symphony.


Rebecca Wilt 

Rebecca Wilt has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist.  She has worked with many of the world’s prominent wind instrument performers, as well as some of the country’s foremost vocalists, and has performed in many of the world’s greatest venues in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Ms. Wilt studied with John Wustman, “dean of American accompanists” and pianist for Luciano Pavorotti, as well as Jon Spong, pianist for Sherrill Milnes, and Jessica Paul. She has worked with singers Cynthia Lawerence, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Shirley Verrett, Cheryl Studer, Dawn Upshaw, Jennifer Lane, Eleni Matos, Stuart Neill, William Warfield, and Scott Bearden.  She has also served as pianist and vocal coach for several opera productions, including, La Boheme, La Traviata, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, and Susannah, among others.  In addition to degrees in vocal coaching/accompanying, Rebecca also holds two degrees in vocal performance.

Ms. Wilt has performed in collaboration with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has also been the premiere pianist for many of the nation’s wind-instrument conferences and competitions, including: the National Brass Symposium, the Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the National Trumpet Competition, the ARTS competition, the International Trombone Association, the International Horn Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, the National Flute Association, the Music Teacher’s National Association, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Competition, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, the Tromp Muziek Biennale, and the International Women’s Brass Conference.  She frequently gives workshops and master classes at universities and colleges all over the country on topics involving vocal coaching, instrumental chamber music, rehearsing with a pianist, and the competition road.  Rebecca is on the summer faculty for the Center for Advanced Musical Studies in Enfield, New Hampshire, and has also been a vocal coach at the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as appearing as guest artist at various festivals all over the world.




Howard Engstrom Trumpet Master Class
Principal Trumpet Emeritus, Calgary Philharmonic

March 6, Tuesday, 5:00 pm
Braithwaite Recital Hall

Howard Engstrom

In 1972 Howard arrived in Canada, two years after completing his studies in trumpet performance with James Austin at the University of Houston. He took his position with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trumpet that year and held this position for 36 years, moving to Assistant Principal in 2008. Since 2006 Howard’s position in the Calgary Philharmonic has been endowed by a donation from Carol Gray and her late husband Frank and the position named in memory of Vince Cichowicz. 

During his years as a symphonic player he has worked with many highly esteemed conductors including: Hans Graf, Andre Previn, Sir John Barbirolli, Erich Leinsdorf, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Ernst Ansermet, Charles Munch, Sir William Walton, and Franz-Paul Decker. 

Some highlights of Howard’s Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra career have been the 2000 European Tour led by Hans Graf that included performances at Vienna’s Musikvereinssaal, the Tonhalle in Zurich, and the 1990 Pipeline Tour which included concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C.

In addition to Howard’s career as a performer he has been Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Calgary for 36 years. He is newly and very happily married to his college sweetheart Jamie, and they plan to return to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the winter months but will continue to maintain Canada as their primary home.

Howard Engstrom’s music education began on piano at age eight and continued on trumpet two years later. His early teachers were Bob Wilson, Gene Laughton and Bert Roth. In 1962, at age 14, he began studying with James Austin, Principal Trumpet of the Houston Symphony; a rewarding and joyful collaboration that was to continue for the next nine years. 

In high school, Howard was Principal Cornet in his school band, the Texas All-State Band (1964,1965) and Principal Trumpet in the Houston All-City Symphony Orchestra. During his final two years of high school, Howard’s private study was funded by a scholarship awarded by Leopold Stokowski and the Houston Symphony. After graduation and a multitude of scholarship offers from various universities in the Southwestern United States, Howard elected to continue his studies with James Austin at the University of Houston. Playing Principal Trumpet in the University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Brass Quintet during his university years, he also saw the beginning of his teaching career when he was asked to join the music staff of two neighboring school districts as resident trumpet instructor. Most notably, in 1967,while still a student in university, he was asked by Andre Previn to join the Houston Symphony as Fourth Trumpet (1st Call Extra). 

After graduation (with honors) in 1970, Howard continued playing with the Houston Symphony and freelancing in the area. Teaching extensively, he was asked to be the first trumpet instructor at Rice University. His career in Houston continued until 1972 when he was asked to become the Principal Trumpet of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. 

After forty-four years in the Calgary Philharmonic, Howard retired in June of 2016, with the title of Principal Trumpet Emeritus. He continues to teach at the University of Calgary and freelance as a classical player. His students are enjoying uniform success as players and teachers and invitations to perform and conduct master classes have taken him around the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as Houston and Hungary. 



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