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About the Studio

The UNC Charlotte Trumpet Studio has a national reputation of success. Students have advanced and won prizes at events such as the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Conference, MTNA Solo Competitions, and more. Alumni/ae of the program have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in trumpet performance and are employed as music educators across the Carolinas and the country. Read more below to find out what makes the trumpet studio at UNC Charlotte so unique:

Individualized Instruction

Every week students receive several hours of individual and small group instruction. In addition to weekly hour lessons, students work directly with Dr. Millard every week in trumpet studio class, trumpet ensemble, brass masterclass, and brass chamber ensembles. This focused instruction helps students thrive in an immersive style of learning while constantly receiving constructive feedback.

Performance Experiences

Students participate in a wealth of regionally and nationally acclaimed ensembles to help prepare themselves to be well-rounded, successful musicians. Ensembles available are:

  • Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band

  • Jazz Ensemble

  • Orchestra

  • Brass Ensemble

  • Trumpet Ensemble

  • Brass Quintets

  • Jazz Combos

  • Marching Band

  • World Music 

  • And More!

Students also enjoy the advantages of an active freelance scene in Charlotte and regularly receive paid professional ​performance and teaching opportunities.

Supportive Environment

We all thrive when we are in an environment that is encouraging and supportive. Dr. Millard focuses on building a family-like environment within the studio to build a sense of community and cohesion. The studio has regular events like a fall picnic, holiday party, and CSO nights to build camaraderie and enthusiasm for our craft.

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