Roy Poper

  • Associate Professor of Trumpet

Areas of Study


  • BM, University Southern California, 1994
  • MFA, California Institute Arts, 1996


  • Los Angeles Master Chorale (Principal), 1985-present
  • San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival (Principal), 1985-present
  • Los Angeles Music Center Opera, 1987-98
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 1982-93
  • San Diego Symphony Orchestra (Substitute Principal), 1982-83
  • Cleveland Orchestra (Substitute), 1980
  • American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi, and Joffrey ballets Los Angeles seasons (principal), 1974-94


  • Amadeus Brass Quintet, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, 1985-present
  • The Modern Brass Quintet (founding member), 1973-86


  • World premiere, Maria Newman’s "Kestral and Leonardo," Markneuekirchen, Germany, 1996
  • California Institute of the Arts Guest Artist Recitals, 1994, 1995
  • Korean National Television, solo recital, 1993
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, various concerti, 1982-93
  • Trumpet and organ literature solo recitals, France, Germany, Belgium, and Norway, 1983, 1984, 1985


  • Recorded for many television programs and for more than 2000 motion picture soundtracks for major Los Angeles studios
  • Principal or lead trumpet in Broadway shows for national touring company Los Angeles productions, 1993-98
  • Guest Artist, CalArts New Century Players, 1993-present o Lead trumpet, Bruce Lofgren Big Band (Los Angeles), 1979-89
  • New Music concert series at the Los Angeles County Art Museum, 1976-85

  • Yamaha Artist and Clinician, Yamaha Music Corporation
  • International Trumpet Guild
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

  • Roy Poper: Los Angeles Trumpet Works (forthcoming)
  • Elliott Carter: Canon for Three, Crystal Records
  • Eugene Zador: Quintet for Brass, The Modern Brass Quintet, Orion
  • Brahms: Serenade No..l , Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Nonesuch
  • Haydn Symphonies, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Dorian
  • Repertoire Studies for Young Artists, Balquhidder Music, with related CD, Standard Works for Young Artists (forthcoming)
  • Roy Poper’s Guide to the Brasswind Methods of James Stamp, Balquhidder Music, Los Angeles, 1995

Adjunct Professor of Music, University of Southern California, since 1993
Lecturer in Music, California State University at Northridge, since 1974
Adjunct Professor of Music, University of Southern California, since 1983
Lecturer in Music, Pomona College, 1972-75
Lecturer in Music, Pepperdine University, 1972-75

Master classes taught at:

  • Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, California, 1997 and 1998
  • National Conservatory, Ljublanja, Slovenia, 1997
  • Paris Conservatory, France, 1996
  • Yong-Pyeong Music Festival, South Korea, 1993

Fall 2021

Prin Pvt Trumpet: — PVST 013
Sec Pvt Trumpet: — PVST 063
Brass Ensemble — APST 713
Trumpet Ensemble — APST 714
Chamber Music — APST 800
Contemporary Chamber Music — APST 805