Why Take Trumpet Intensive

The Trumpet Intensive allows you to focus fully on the techniques and skills you need to succeed as a trumpet player. Under the guidance of expert instructors, you will hone your skills in solo, chamber, and ensemble performance while preparing for college and professional auditions.

What You'll Learn

In this intensive, you will engage in a rigorous schedule of master classes, lectures, and rehearsals designed to unlock your potential as a trumpeter. Led by acclaimed artists with decades of experience as educators and performers, you will collaborate with trumpeters from around the world and study advanced techniques.

The intensive covers a wide variety of trumpet-related topics, including:

  • Advanced solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire
  • Breathing techniques 
  • Jazz and contemporary styles
  • Selecting and preparing audition repertoire
  • Standard orchestral excerpts
  • Trumpet fundamentals

You will also rehearse with the Trumpet Ensemble, present a public performance, and enjoy recitals by our distinguished faculty and guests.

Audition Requirements


Program Snapshot
Program Length
1 week
Program Dates
  • June 15, 2024 to June 21, 2024
Age Range
High School (Grades 9-12)
  • Accepting applications

Meet the Faculty

The Trumpet Intensive faculty are renowned leaders in the field of trumpet performance. They bring decades of experience as orchestral musicians, touring artists, trumpet teachers, instrument makers, and studio players to their roles as your instructors.

Please note the gallery may showcase previous instructors.

All Faculty

Instructor of Trumpet Ken Larson at Interlochen Arts Academy

Ken Larson

Instructor of Trumpet

John Aley

John Aley

Principal Trumpet
Madison Symphony Orchestra

Elmer Churampi headshot

Elmer Churampi

Instructor of Trumpet

Program Highlights

Trumpet Ensemble

Each day, you will join your peers for Trumpet Ensemble rehearsals. The Trumpet Ensemble performs a diverse and challenging repertoire that highlights the broad range of the trumpet and offers an opportunity to practice the techniques you have studied in class.

Master Classes

During the intensive, master classes are a daily occurrence. Led by our faculty and guests, these classes provide professional perspectives on standard trumpet repertoire—and offer you the chance to work one-on-one with these acclaimed artists.

Faculty Recitals

Listening to music is an important part of studying it. That's why our faculty present several solo and chamber recitals during the intensive. In addition to performances by trumpet faculty, you are welcome to attend recitals by the faculty of any other institute.

Additional Opportunities

Want to continue your Interlochen journey? Stay after the intensive for our six-week Orchestra & Wind Symphony program or our three-week Jazz Performance & Improvisation program. Interlochen is also home to Interlochen Arts Academy, an acclaimed college-preparatory boarding high school that offers six music programs for students in grades 9-12, plus a postgraduate option.

The Music Center

Our state-of-the-art music facility has two 3,500 square-foot rehearsal halls, two recording studios—which allow for rehearsal and performance recordings in multiple venues on campus—multiple ensemble and practice rooms, and individual faculty teaching studios. 

Learn more about The Music Center

The Music Center