Had lots of fun giving a master class on natural/baroque trumpet for the wonderful trumpeters at Cal State Fullerton. David Pittel‘s students were bright and attentive, and they took easily to playing the baroque trumpets.
I gave my paper, “Professional American Women’s Brass Quartets Before 1940,” at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference in Tempe, AZ, May 21 – 25, 2019.
Published: My arrangement of J. S. Bach’s favorite, “My Spirit Be Joyful,” for Two Solo Instruments and Organ.
1st Solo Part instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, or Viola.
2nd Solo Part instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin, or Viola.
The Woodwinds of Santa Cecilia — Salpy Kerkonian, Sarah Beck, Michael Arnold, Rachel Berry, and Julie Feves — premiered the woodwind quintet version of my “SUITE ARCATA” on a program with music by Nino Rota and Darius Milhaud. They also performed the woodwind quintet version of my “Toot” as an encore.
Sheet Music: Suite Arcata
Dr. Ben Pierce, Professor of Tuba and University of Arkansas, performs my ELEGY for Tuba and Piano in recitals throughout the Midwest.
ELEGY is available for other solo instruments (violin, cello, flute, oboe, bassoon, & bass trombone), and the piano reduction was made from the string orchestra accompaniment.
LA Harptette (L to R): Mary Dropkin, Paul Baker, Jillian Risigari-Gai Lopez, and Laura Griffin-Casey
Premiered: my new HALF DOME, for four-part Trumpet Ensemble, by Ryan Anthony and the trumpet stars of the CancerBlows concert which opened the 2018 International Trumpet Guild conference in San Antonio, TX.
Premiered: my new IN THE EARLY MORNING, for Euph/Tuba Quartet with optional percussion, by the Mad River Tuba Quartet in Staffolo, Italy.
(L to R) John Taylor, John Monroe, announcer Mirko Donninnelli, Fred Tempas, and Mark Lindenbaum
A little trumpet ensemble action.
And … the staff ensemble.
Pomona College Brass Extravaganza features several of my compositions and arrangements for Ten Brass, including “Three Renaissance Carols Reborn,” “Rejoice,” John Stanley’s “Trumpet Voluntary,” G. Gabrieli’s “Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2,” and others.
Cal State Summer Arts “International Brass Quintet Composition” program features the Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and composition faculty Eric Ewazen, Tony Plog, and Ray Burkhart, including a performance of my RICORDI D’ITALIA.
2016 International Trumpet Guild conference offers “The Music of Raymond Burkhart,” a program of my brass quintet music and my Double Concerto for Flutist, Trumpeter, and Orchestra in a version with piano accompaniment. Featured artists were Malcolm and Stephanie McNab and the United States Navy Academy Brass Quintet.
Ray conducts Pasadena’s Crown City Symphony in a program including the premiere of his Elegy for Violin and String Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. Paul Stein of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra soloed.
My version of The First Noel for eight-part trombone choir performed by nearly 40 trombonists of the Moravian Trombone Choir of Downey, California for their 50th Anniversary concert.
World premiere of Ray’s “Ricordi d’Italia” for brass quintet, by the Amici Americani degli Ottoni in Palo Alto, CA
Ray plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with Chris Tedesco and the Enlightenment Music Series.
Ray is featured performer, composer, and conductor at the 20th annual music festival held in the historic hill town of Staffolo, Italy.
Ray is listed in “Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary,” compiled and edited by David Hickman, Edward Tarr, and Michel Laplace. The reference book contains biographies of important players, teachers, designers, etc. from the Baroque to the present.
Ray’s original work, SERENITY (for solo horn or horn duo), was premiered by Dr. Steven Gross and Julie Callahan Gross on the opening concert of the 5th National Horn Workshop in Kimberley, South Africa.
Ray presented his paper, “American Women’s Brass Quartets before 1900: ‘Clever, versatile, and fair to look upon’,” at the Second International Historic Brass Symposium in New York City.
Ray is Solo Trumpet for Cinebrass at Sony Pictures (historic MGM Studios) sound stage.
Ray earns his PhD in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. Link to Facebook photo album.