Joshua Lawrence

Joshua Lawrence
Director of Jazz Studies
The University of the Arts
Bachelor of Music (with honors), Trumpet
The Juilliard School
Master of Music, Jazz Trumpet

About Joshua

Josh Lawrence is a critically acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and recording artist who serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

A “preeminent voice among young composers” (Downbeat, 2017), Lawrence has received awards from and produced commissions for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage ("From the Vine"), American Composers Forum ("Mind Behind Closed Eyes"), Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts ("Life Mosaic"), Revive X Metropolitan Museum of Art (Harlem Suite), Chamber Music America (Lost Works Live), Come Hear North Carolina (We Insist! FCO + Melanie Charles), and Festival of New Trumpet Music ("Philly Twisted").

Lawrence has recorded five solo albums with Posi-Tone Records, two albums with Ropeadope Records co-leading the Fresh Cut Orchestra, received two Grammy Award nominations with pianist Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band and Smoke Sessions Records, and can be heard on albums by Boyz II Men, Erykah Badu, Jazmine Sullivan, Laurin Talese, Jonathan Michel, Caleb Curtis, Tarbaby, Adam Baldych, and Brian Marsella’s Imaginarium.

Lawrence holds a bachelor's degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, a master's degree from The Juilliard School in New York, and studied with legendary pianist Barry Harris. In 2021, Lawrence was named Director of Jazz Studies at Interlochen Center for the Arts where he now leads the Arts Academy and Summer Camp programs and conducts the Interlochen Jazz Orchestra.

My role as an educator is to propagate the history, culture, and aesthetics of Jazz while inspiring students to approach their artistic practice with curiosity, creativity, and optimism. Students of Jazz should understand how the music reflects the history of the African diaspora in America from the transatlantic slave trade through the civil rights movement to our current moment. In light of this history, the culture of Jazz is one of diversity and inclusivity. This is due in part to the importance of empathy and improvisation in balancing personal expression and collective creativity in the music.

B.M., Trumpet - The University of the Arts

M.M., Jazz Trumpet - The Juilliard School