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2017 Biographies — Brass

James Kowalsky

trumpet

Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees, University of Wisconsin Madison; principal trumpet with Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, performed with orchestras in Wisconsin, Illinois,  Minnesota, Wyoming and 45 seasons with Fairbanks Symphony Orch. Taught at colleges in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Alaska. Studied with the late Arnold Jacobs and Adolph “Bud” Herseth of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Cheryl Pierce

Cheryl Pierce

French Horn

Cheryl is a member of the brass faculty at University of Alaska Anchorage and is Assistant Horn at the Anchorage Symphony. A member of Chucagh Brass, Cheryl has toured extensively performing and teaching around Alaska. she earned a master's in music degree from Temple University She has served in the U.S. Air Force, where she played the French horn.


Eric Schneider

Trombone


Richard Tremarello

Richard Tremarello

French Horn

Richard Tremarello, French horn, performs Broadway shows at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, opera at Milwaukee's Skylight Music Theatre and works regularly with the Green Bay Symphony. He worked on Broadway with Peter Pan and has toured with Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar in North America. Originally from Fairbanks, Richard holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Arkansas State University and the University of North Texas.


Linn Weeda

Linn Weeda

Trumpet

Born and raised in Alaska, Linn Weeda received his Master's degree at Boston University. While at B.U., he studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin, won the concerto competition and was student of the year. Further studies after his Master's were with Julio Tancredi in trumpet, Larry Scripp in solfege, Charles Bruck in conducting at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors, and with Gunther Schuller in conducting at the Schweitzer Institute. He has also studied with the principal trumpeters of the Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, and Rotterdam Orchestras. Linn is a Yamaha Performing Artist.


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