Raymond Burkhart composer

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2014 was a banner year for Ray, in which he fulfilled three major commissions of chamber music: Five Sea Shanties for brass quintet, Suite Arcata for mixed wind quintet, and Ricordi d'Italia for brass quintet. Ray has received many ASCAP awards and is a two-time First Prize winner of the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest. He has composed for orchestra, band, choir, big band, and chamber ensembles and has more than 130 works in publication through his company, Premiere Press. He also gives private composition lessons.

Ray's CD Watercolor Menagerie features 14 of his works recorded by the Premiere Brass Quintet.

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Professional Organization

1990 – present, Writer Member and Publisher Member,
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

Compact Disc Recordings

2009 – Fiat Lux. Three of Ray's Christmas arrangements for ten-part brass are included in this recording from McGinty Music ("Swingle Bells", "The First Noel ", and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" from Three Renaissance Carols Reborn).

2004 – Raymond David Burkhart: Watercolor Menagerie. The Premiere Brass Quintet plays 14 original works.

1996 – TECHnically Sound, Caltech Concert Band. Arranger of Caltech Medley.


First Prize, 2005 Humboldt State University Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest: Bouquet de Brass [brass sextet]

First Prize, 2004 Humboldt State University Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest: Love Letters [brass septet]

18 ASCAP awards

First Prize, 1983 Elinor Remick Warren Composition Contest –
Speed, for soprano, oboe, trumpet, and strings



1994 – American Overture, commissioned by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra

1993 – Swingle Bells, commissioned by the Pasadena Pops Orchestra

1990 – Double Concerto for Flutist, Trumpeter, and Orchestra,
commissioned by Malcolm McNab


2004 – Sophie's Waltz, commissioned by the Newton Knights Middle School Advanced Band, Richard Tyree, Director

2003 – Rejoice!, commissioned by the Otterbein College Band, Gary Tirey, Director

1988 – Caltech Medley, commissioned by the Caltech Concert Band, William Bing, Director

1987 – Throop Institute March, by E. C. Kammermeyer, arrangement commissioned by the Caltech Concert Band, William Bing, Director

1986 – Exordium, commissioned by the Caltech Concert Band, William Bing, Director

British Brass Band

2011 – Ozark Point, commissioned for the Natural State Brass Band (Little Rock, AR), Russell Morris, Director


2003 – Come Unto Me [SATB and trumpet], commissioned by Jannette Carothers for the Glendale Presbyterian Church Cathedral Choir

2001 – The Little Child [SATB, brass, percussion, organ, narrator], a Christmas cantata commissioned by Claremont Presbyterian Church and Glendale Presbyterian Church

2000 – Auld Lang Syne [SATB], commissioned by The Cathedral Choir of First Congregational Church, Los Angeles


summer remembrance
isle of colours


2014 – Ricordi d'Italia [brass quintet], commissioned by Dr. Mark Lindenbaum and Margaret Jahn and John and Meg Monroe

2014 – Suite Arcata [mixed wind quintet], commissioned by Chamber Players of the Redwoods

2014 – Suite Arcata [brass quintet], commissioned by Althea King Kifer

2012 – Isle of Colours [brass quintet], commissioned by the scientific publisher, Annual Reviews

2010 – Serenity [horn solo or duo], commissioned by Dr. Steven Gross

2009 – Mishap [brass sextet], commissioned by Goranka Bjedov and Jay Perry

2007 – Celebration Fanfare [ten-part brass ensemble], commissioned by Pomona College

2007 – Birds of a Feather [trumpet and horn duo], commissioned by Marissa Benedict

2006 – Viva Brazzissimo [ten-part brass ensemble], commissioned by Brazzissimo

2005 – The Ancient and Curious Fable of the Great Red Lime Tree [trumpet and tuba duo], commissioned by Dr. Mark Lindenbaum

2004 – Markers [two trumpets], commissioned by Dr. Joan Haaland Paddock

2000 – Italian Postcards [brass septet], commissioned by the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop

1999 – The Seven Angels [trumpet and narrator], commissioned by Glendale Presbyterian Church

1998 – Ceremoniale [brass and percussion], commissioned by the Tehachapi Community Orchestra

1997 – Oration [brass quintet], commissioned by Brassininity

1991 – Sierra Suite for Brass Quintet and Organ, commissioned by the Fine Arts Brass Quintet

1989 – A Summer Remembrance [trumpet quartet or ensemble], commissioned by the International Trumpet Guild

1984 – Fanfare Processional for the Choir of St. George's, Windsor [three trumpets and organ], commissioned by First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

1984 – Hail Olympus [brass ensemble], commissioned by the Bill Bing Brass Ensemble