Trumpeter Jeffrey Northman has been staking his claim in the music world with several important competition finishes in recent years. In 2008 alone he finished second in the International Trumpet Guild’s Mock Orchestra Competition, second in the National Trumpet Competition Historical Solo Division, and was a member of the top-ranked Trumpet Ensemble at the National Trumpet Competition. He was also asked to perform in May of 2008 with the Antalya Symphony in Antalya, Turkey; both as a member of the orchestra and as a member of a trumpet ensemble.

Jeffrey began his solo career in 2004 when he won the Nester Scholarship competition, allowing him to perform with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra in Grosse Pointe, MI. He performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto “with surety and aplomb. His brilliant sound soared over the orchestra, the notes spilling out of the horn.” In 2005 Jeffrey won the Richard B. Lehman Memorial Fund Scholarship, making it possible for him to attend the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. There he was given the chance to play in a masterclass for Zhonghui Dai, principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of China.

Jeffrey’s undergraduate years were ripe with performances in and around Grand Rapids, MI. He performed regularly with the Grand Valley State University Trumpet Ensemble at churches, schools, and museums in Grand Rapids, and also made several solo appearances in similar venues. He has also established himself as a fluent pit musician, playing in several community and professional musical theater productions, including Ragtime, Singing in the Rain, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Jeffrey Northman graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance under the tutelage of Richard Stoelzel. There he was featured in a university-wide “spotlight” article, and his picture was used for university recruitment on pamphlets and on city buses. He recently received his Artist’s Diploma in May, 2009 from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA where he studied with Jim Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is currently attending the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he will earn his Master’s Degree in Performance under the direction of Marie Speziale.

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