2020 March

The world has many fears and concerns at this time, yet also much — very much — to be grateful for and to find joy in. What can I contribute? In addition to my prayers, I offer some of my music. May listening to it help your thought transcend much of today’s troubles.

For those in mourning: Elegy (two versions). 

For those who are finding joy among the rest; Rejoice! (Seven Hills Brass).

For those who recall a previous worldwide crisis with the lighter eye that can come in retrospect: The Y2K Bug Blues (Premiere Brass Quintet).

May you and all people be uplifted, now and always. With love, Ray

2019 December

One month in my new home town of Boise, Idaho, and the trumpet faculty at Boise State kindly invited me to give a master class to the Boise State Trumpet Studio. Thank you Dr. Derek Ganong (photographer) and Dr. Zach Buie (far left).

2019 November

Hey, Ray! Welcome to Boise, Idaho!!

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.

2019 May

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.

Sacramento Symphonic Winds performed my “Fanfare St. Antoni” for eleven brass and percussion in Sacramento.

Sheet Music: Fanfare St. Antoni

Link: Sacramento Symphonic Winds

2019 April

My popular “Rejoice!” now available for Three Solo Trumpets and Concert Band.

Sheet Music: Rejoice!

2019 February

LA Harptette performs my “Sun Dance” for four harps at Pomona College.

Sheet Music: Sun Dance

Link: LA Harptette

2019 January

The Seven Hills Brass performed my “Rejoice!” for brass, percussion, and organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky. 

Video: HERE.

Sheet Music: Rejoice!

2018 December

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.

Find your desired combination HERE.

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2018 November

Just added to the new site, “A Certain Sound” for Trumpet Quartet.

Sheet Music: A Certain Sound

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

Premiered: my new HALF DOME in its version for Euphonium/Tuba Quartet. By the Euphonium/Tuba Quartet at Concordia University Irvine, David Holben, Director. 

2018 September and October

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.

Listen to a “live” recording here.

Dr. Ben PIerce
2018 July

Performed: my new HALF DOME for four-part Trumpet Ensemble by the mass trumpet ensemble at the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, CA.

2018 June

Premiered: my new SUN DANCE, for Four Harps, by LA Harptette at the University of Redlands at the 2018 annual conference of the American Harp Society.

LA Harptette (L to R): Mary Dropkin, Paul Baker, Jillian Risigari-Gai Lopez, and Laura Griffin-Casey

2018 May

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.

"Raymond Burkhart’s Half Dome Fanfare (World Premiere) dazzled the audience with virtuoso acrobatics and sweeping melodic gestures."
Elisa Koehler
International Trumpet Guild
2018 April

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

2017 December

Third year conducting Horns-A-Plenty Christmas Los Angles, including some of my Christmas arrangements for Eight Horns.

My new IN DULCI JUBILO VARIATIONS for Trumpet and Organ is composed and premiered. Also soon to be published for Trombone and Organ and Tuba and Organ.

2017 July

Coached again at the Humboldt State University Brass Chamber Music Workshop, 36 years after I first attended!

A little trumpet ensemble action.

And … the staff ensemble.

2017 June

The new “Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603” includes three of my original settings of existing texts, including Mary Baker Eddy’s beloved poem, “Feed My Sheep” and the enduring “Rock of Ages.”

2017 May

YOSEMITE FANFARE, my new four-part work for trumpet ensemble, is performed and recorded at Ryan Anthony’s Cancer Blows 2017.

2017 January

Delighted again to conduct Los Angeles’ own Horns-A-Plenty Christmas in downtown L.A., including my horn octet settings of The First Noel, The Coventry Carol, and O Come All Ye Faithful.

My arrangement of “The Coventry Carol” for soprano and orchestra is performed in La Canada, California. Versions also available for SATB/orchestra and for orchestra alone.

My Christmas cantata, “The Little Child,” is performed in Palos Verdes, California with John Rutter’s Gloria. Same basic instrumentation, and a great pairing that every choral conductor should try!

Two of my new hymns recorded on “Celebration,” the new double-CD of new Christian Science hymns.

More info/Order

My “Fanfare St. Antoni” for orchestral brass and percussion, commissioned by Tim Smith and the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, is premiered in Antioch and Walnut Creek, California



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.

Calico Winds gives two recitals featuring my compositions, including Watercolor Menagerie and Suite Arcata.

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.

My “Sophie’s Waltz” played by the Soka University Concert Band in Aliso Viejo, California, Alfred Lang, conducting.

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.

Premiere Press publishes Ray’s Complete Brass Quintets, Vol. I: Compositions. 21 original works. Books for Full Score, Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba.

Premiere Press publishes my book, Brass Chamber Music in Lyceum and Chautauqua.


Two of my works for trumpet quartet performed in Tromsø, Norway at the Ishavskatedral (Ice Ocean Cathedral) by the University of Tromsø trumpet studio.

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.

Ryan Anthony and the Dallas Symphony Brass perform my Three Renaissance Carols Reborn for their annual Brassy Christmas concert

Ray conducts 40 horns at Horns-A-Plenty Christmas Los Angeles at California Plaza in downtown LA, including my horn octet settings of The First Noel and The Coventry Carol.

The Humboldt Bay Brass Band perform’s my “Ozark Point” in Arcata, California.

Ray’s SUITE ARCATA premiered at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Rachel Rudich, flute; Francisco Castillo, oboe; Linda Sylva, clarinet; Ray Burkhart, trumpet; Carolyn Beck, bassoon.



Ray’s “Sierra Suite” now in print. Four movements for organ and brass quintet (2 tpts, horn, tbn, bass trombone or tuba). Commissioned in 1991 by Los Angeles’ Fine Arts Brass Quintet.

Ray’s setting of Giovanni Gabrieli’s famoius Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2 also now in print. For Eight Brass or Ten Brass.

Chamber Players of the Redwoods performs Ray’s “Five Sea Shanties

Blog on “Five Sea Shanties”

World premiere of Ray’s “Ricordi d’Italia” for brass quintet, by the Amici Americani degli Ottoni in Palo Alto, CA

Blog on Ricordi d’Italia

Blog on the Italian experience that resulted in Ricordi d’Italia

Ray plays Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets with Chris Tedesco and the Enlightenment Music Series.

News Archive

2014 June

Ray is featured performer, composer, and conductor at the 20th annual music festival held in the historic hill town of Staffolo, Italy.

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2013 June

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.

Link to Hickman Music Editions

2012 August

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.

2012 July

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.

Link to related blog

2011 February

Ray is Solo Trumpet for Cinebrass at Sony Pictures (historic MGM Studios) sound stage.

2010 May

Ray earns his PhD in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. Link to Facebook photo album.