Success Stories

Alumnus trumpeter recognized

Hunter Eberly

Trumpeter Hunter Eberly recently went head-to-head against seasoned professionals.

The 2009 graduate and Muskegon native recently made it to the final five in a June, 2011 audition for the principal trumpet position with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

"The fact that Hunter was recognized and selected for the final round for one of our nation's top orchestras is a testament to him, Professor Rich Stoelzel and his trumpet studio," said Danny Phipps, music department chair.

Eberly has previously performed with the trumpet section of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s production of “Lord of the Rings,” studied in the fully endowed Artist Diploma Program at the Colburn School, and performed as a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpet section.

During fall 2010, Eberly spent a couple of days performing as one of more than 100 people auditioning for the principal trumpet position of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He made the cut to the final 17 people during a grueling 12-hour day, giving four additional audition performances as one of seven finalists, then four finalists, before winning the position.

Eberly is no stranger to success. While a student at Grand Valley, he won second prize in the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Audition and won first prize at the 2009 National Trumpet Competition College Solo Division. He was also a member of Grand Valley’s trumpet ensemble in 2008, when it took first prize at this competition. Eberly was also a rare student member of the GVSU Faculty Brass Quintet, was principal trumpet of the GVSU Orchestra and principal trumpet of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Eberly started playing piano when he was 3, and started trumpet in third grade. The Muskegon native is a graduate of Calvary Christian High School and the son of Cheri and Sam Eberly. “My mom is a band director at Calvary Christian Schools in Fruitport and a trumpet player, and I became interested in music through her,” said Eberly.


by Mary Isca Pirkola