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Mike Tunnell's Trumpet Studio


Mike Tunnell


Michael Tunnell is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and University Scholar at the University of Louisville School of Music. Tunnell performs with Louisville Brass, and was Principal Trumpet and Principal Corno da Caccia with the Louisville Bach Society for 23 years. He is featured on the Mark Records CD Sonus Brass Captured and the Centaur CD Louisville Brass: Season to Dance as well as on seven solo recordings: Mixed Doubles, Melancholia, and Lumen, on the Coronet label, and Passages, The Morning Trumpet, à la Chasse, and Out of the Forest on the Centaur label. A founding member of the brass quintet Sonus Brass, Tunnell has toured the Far East and South America with this group and as a soloist. As a member of Sonus Brass, Tunnell has worked as a teacher and clinician with the Youth Orchestra System in Venezuela, and as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orquesta Sinfonica in Caracas. In 2001 Tunnell was a Visiting Professor of Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and in 1999 Tunnell was a guest artist at the Lieksa Brass Week (Finland). Tunnell is a former member of the music faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, SUNY-Potsdam College, and the University of Illinois. Tunnell is the 2008 Alumni Fellow of the University of Louisville School of Music. His teachers include Leon Rapier, Allan Cox, Arnold Jacobs, Adolph Herseth and Armando Ghitalla. His students hold positions in prominent colleges and orchestras, and they have enjoyed great success in numerous solo competitions both in the United States and in Europe. 


 In 1997, Tunnell performed the Hummel Trumpet Concerto in Eb with the Simon Bolivar Orquesta Sinfonica in Caracas, Venezuela. Here are some video clips from that performance (You must have the Windows Media Player to listen to these tracks.):






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Mike at Glassboro

The following review was based on a performance at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

"Tunnell performed as soloist for Christoph Forster's Concerto No. 2 in E-flat. In addition to his brilliant lip trills, his passagework dazzled with sparkling elegance. The aching melancholy of the central slow movement was captivating."

- Elisa Koehler, ITG Web Site









Tunnell and Vanderhoeft

The following review was based on a performance on the corno da caccia at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand: "Concerto in F Major by Johann Friederich Fasch included the incredible talents of Arthur Vanderhoeft and Michael Tunnell on the Corni Da Caccia on this three movement Baroque masterpiece. The darker sonority of the instruments employed was a perfect break from the prevalent brighter sounds heard all week. The soloists ability to match each other in tone quality and use of ornaments was a true joy to experience." (Scott Brown)

- The International Trumpet Guild Website, June 24, 2005

On the Faculty Recital in November 1994..."Last night's featured artist was trumpeter Michael Tunnell, whose concise faculty recital testified to his instrument's expressive abilities...The mystery deepened in faculty member Marc Satterwhite's 1992 "Musico en la nada" ("Musician in the nowhere"), and Robert Suderburg's "Departure" (the fourth movement of his 1987 "Sonata"). In the first piece, Chad Stoltenberg's bass drum ruminations were effective counterpoint to Tunnell's gently echoing phrases for muted trumpet. Strange and satisfying."

- The Louisville Courier-Journal, November 17, 1994, Andrew Adler, Staff Critic


About the Concerto performance with the Louisville Orchestra, "Trumpeter Michael Tunnell, who teaches at the school and often plays as a section member, plunged headlong into Frank Ticheli's trumpet Concerto and emerged - ...having accomplished his task admirably...Tunnell, Smith and the orchestra combined in a bold, articulated account that possessed a fair number of thrills."

- The Louisville Courier-Journal, November 22, 1991, Andrew Adler, Staff Critic


About Purcell's Sonata in D Major, "Trumpeter Michael Tunnell rendered with skill and verve, his staccato technique, crisp attacks and secure intonation combined to bracing effect. Tunnell's effort, in fact, was among the few that possessed convincing ornamentation. The ornaments evolved out of the body of the piece, played in tempo and never sounding like external, obvious afterthoughts."

- The Louisville Courier-Journal, April 10, 1989, Andrew Adler, Staff Critic


About the Shostakovich concert, "Tunnell avoided the pitfalls of the trumpet soloist by not overstating the power of his instrument. He banished all stridency, with a tone that was supple, yet precise."

- The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, October 20, 1987, Rich Warren


About Haydn's Concerto in E-flat Major for trumpet and orchestra, "Tunnell, whose Haydn proved a delight, notably in the softer passages. All too many players do violence to the trumpet literature in what seems to be mistaking a trumpet playing for an athletic event. Instead of a concerto, we are all too often treated to what appears to be a contest between orchestra and trumpet. Not Mr. Tunnell. In passage after passage his sound blended perfectly with that of the Symphony, clearly audible at all times, but never obscuring the other instruments. The overall effect was highly refreshing and, most probably, close to what Haydn had in mind."

- The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette, October 6, 1984, David Eisenman

Check out the New CD released on the Centaur label: Louisville Brass-Season to Dance

Season to Dance CD Cover




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