John Carroll, DMA

Principal Trumpet

John Carroll Principal Trumpet of the San Antonio Symphony. He has served on the Orchestra Committee three times, as well as Conductor Search and Hall Search committees and has appeared as soloist on symphony Classical and Pops Series, performing the concertos of Franz Joseph Haydn, Alexander Arutunian, and Bill Conti, as well as numerous Educational and “Special Concert” performances.

John began his professional career, while still a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, as Principal Trumpet of the Boston Opera Orchestra under the leadership of Sarah Caldwell. During this time he also performed as a freelance musician with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestras. He has played Principal Trumpet in orchestras conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Seiji Ozawa, Klaus Tennstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas and for many pop and jazz artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie.

Dr. Carroll is a dedicated teacher. His students have placed first in All-State orchestra and jazz and have held positions in some of the top orchestras, jazz groups, and music school faculties in the US and Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Doctor of of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet pedagogy from the University of Texas Austin.

An avid chamber musician, John has performed hundreds of brass quintet recitals and educational concerts for the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Brass. He has also performed chamber music with the Olmos Ensemble, the Sunriver Music Festival, Camerata San Antonio, Musical Offerings, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, Gunther Schuller’s Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Fromm Contemporary Music Festival.

As a conductor Dr. Carroll led the San Antonio Brass Band to a First Division win at the 2018 North American Brass Band Association Competition. He is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild, and a founding member and current CEO and Artistic Director of the San Antonio Brass, Inc. 

John’s other interests include jazz, musical composition and the use of the computer in creating music. Hear some of his work.

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