When you study trumpet at CIM, you’re considered a young professional. That means we’ll support and challenge you to reach your full artistic potential as a teacher and performer.

As a trumpet student you’ll be part of a department that’s designed to maintain a carefully balanced enrollment, which provides multiple opportunities to perform solo, chamber, orchestral, operatic and new music repertoire. Orchestral participation is virtually continuous. You’ll also undergo extensive preparation in the brass orchestral repertoire class conducted by your department head, Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra.

All trumpet majors also participate in weekly trumpet studio class, where you'll perform for and interact with all our trumpet faculty.

Alumni Success

Meet Adam Luftman

Adam Luftman

CIM alumnus Adam Luftman joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as principal trumpet in 2007. Adam also holds the position of principal trumpet in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Previously, he held positions with the Baltimore Symphony, the New World Symphony in Miami and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

[Photo credit: San Francisco Opera]

Graduates in the Music Business

  • Ryan Anthony — Dallas Symphony
  • Benjamin Wright — Boston Symphony
  • James Ross — Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Chris Kiradjieff — Cincinnati Symphony
  • Adam Luftman — San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestras
  • James Ackley — Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Bryan Appleby-Winberg — Professor, Rowan University
  • Isaac Pulford — Winnipeg Symphony
  • Dan Kassteen — Louisville Symphony
  • Peter Miller — Western Australia Symphony
  • Conrad Jones — Indianapolis Symphony
  • Cheonho Yoon — Yomiuri Symphony, Tokyo