Barbara Hull is a trumpet performer and teacher and makes her home in Los Altos, California. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She is also a recipient of the Eastman Performer's Certificate. She has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. As the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, she performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Dr. Hull taught applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College in Rochester NY from 2009 to 2013. From 2007-2013 she taught trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and served as the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. She performed as second trumpet with Sryacuse's Symphoria, the symphony orchestra of central New York, from 2012-1013. Each summer she directs the band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, NY.
Dr. Hull was Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998, recording with the orchestra under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque, she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.
Barbara Hull served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during a collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project,Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.
One of Barbara's earliest and most influential teachers was the late James Burke, who served for 28 years as cornet soloist with the Edwin Franko Goldman Band. Burke was one of the last virtuoso cornetists of the twentieth century. During her studies with Jimmy, Barbara concentrated on the cornet style of playing embodied in Arban's Complete Conservatory Method. Ms. Hull was one of the last students to study with Burke before his death and counts it a rare privilege to have studied with such a master.
Barbara completed her undergraduate work at Houghton College, where she earned the B.Mus. degree and studied with Dr. Harold McNiel. Other instructors include Mark Gould, Robert Earley, Niklas Eklund, and David Kuehn. Ms. Hull has participated in master classes with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz and Allen Vizzutti.