GVSU Trumpet Studio
Dr. Alex Wilson
Dr. Alex Wilson has led the GVSU Trumpet Studio since 2015. He holds a Bachelor's degree from GVSU and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, where he studied with Professor David Hickman. Alex has performed with the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Opera, and currently plays the occasional concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Holland Symphony Orchestra, and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
A versatile soloist, Alex published his first solo CD (titled "Volti Subito") in 2016, performed at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild conference in Grand Rapids, and toured as a soloist for the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra during two national tours, at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He often appears as a guest soloist or clinician at local schools, and has also given performances and masterclasses internationally at venues such as the Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan, and the I Alcalá Trumpetfest in Spain.
Inside the Trumpet Studio
A week in the life of a GVSU trumpet student includes:
- A one-on-one trumpet lesson, focused on the fundamental skills of trumpet playing, preparing solo repertoire, and sight-reading duets.
- Studio class with the entire studio. Activities include performance (solos, etudes, chorales, and orchestral excerpts), arranging music, rehearsing for the studio recital, and short lectures on topics ranging from trumpet pedagogy, to gig etiquette, to basic repair and maintenance of the trumpet.
- Trumpet ensembles meet twice a week, once to rehearse and once for a coaching. They perform on recitals and apply to the National Trumpet Competition.
- Rehearsals with one or more of GVSU's large ensembles, like the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, New Music Ensemble, or Early Music Ensemble.
Trumpet auditions include two contrasting solos, movements, or etudes or your choice, as well as major and minor scales, and sight-reading. Our audition dates and music application form can be found at:
Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free lesson. Please feel free to also ask any questions you may have about our trumpet studio, audition process, or music school!
Trumpet Day - February 6 - More details coming soon!
What are our Alumni up to?
Willis Dotson - trumpeter with the US Army Regional Bands
Shawn Nichols - accepted to Master's program at Michigan State University
Mason England - Director of bands at Manor Middle School (Texas)
Denton Grant - Band director at Allendale High School
Kenzie Hauke - Music teacher at Cannonsburg Elementary School
Skye Hayes - Music teacher at Cedar Crest Elementary
Brenden Hoekstra - Band director at Allegan Middle and High Schools
Nina Morales - Music teacher at Northwest Elementary School
Erin Ray - Assistant band director at Shelby Middle and High Schools
Recent Student Publications
Lewis Kailing - arrangement of Danny Elfman's "The Batman Theme" for trumpet nonet
Liam Madell - arrangement of Jeremy Soule's "Elder Scrolls: Oblivion Opening Theme" for trumpet quintet
Liam Madell - arrangement of Steely Dan's "Dirty Work" for trumpet octet