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March 12, 2015


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San Francisco, CA. – The San Francisco Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hooten, principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to its collegiate faculty. The former principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and an experienced teacher, Hooten joins a distinguished faculty of brass instructors, many of whom hold principal positions with the San Francisco Symphony, Ballet and Opera orchestras. Hooten will assume his appointment in the fall of 2015, maintaining an active teaching studio in San Francisco while retaining his position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


David H. Stull, president of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, stresses that the addition of Hooten to the faculty continues the Conservatory’s tradition of collegial mentorship from some of the nation’s finest brass players. “Tom Hooten is a phenomenal artist and teacher and we are very pleased that he will be with us at SFCM,” says Stull. “He is joining an extraordinary group of individuals who collaborate in the education of every student and work tirelessly to support their success. I very much look forward to the tremendous future of our program driven by such an outstanding faculty.”


Hooten’s fellow trumpet faculty members are similarly enthusiastic about the announcement. Mark Inouye, principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony, stated, “Tom Hooten will be an amazing addition to an incredible trumpet faculty.” Adam Luftman, principal trumpet of the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, concurred, noting, “We are excited to add Tom’s perspective to our fantastic team.  I believe that SFCM gives students an unparalleled opportunity to work with a diverse mix of teaching styles that truly complement each other.”  For his part, David Burkhart, member of The Bay Brass, former principal trumpet of numerous California orchestras and frequent performer with San Francisco Symphony, observed, “Tom’s unique artistry, insight, and experience made his master class at SFCM [Fall 2011] a memorable one for students and teachers alike. I am pleased to welcome him aboard!”


Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hooten served as principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2012, where he was awarded the first ever Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair. He began his performing career playing trumpet and cornet in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., often appearing as featured soloist. Subsequent positions include second trumpet with the Richmond Symphony and assistant principal with the Indianapolis Symphony.  He has also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the United States Air Force Band, Keystone Winds and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous recordings by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony and released his first solo album, Trumpet Call, in 2011.


A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Hooten has served on the faculty for The Aspen Music Festival as a guest artist and instructor. During his tenure with the Atlanta Symphony, he taught lessons, offered master classes and coached ensembles with his wife Jennifer Marotta at Kennesaw State University. He has given master classes and recitals at The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the universities of Kentucky and Illinois, and many other locations. A native of Tampa, Florida, Hooten earned a B.M. from the University of South Florida and an M. M. from Rice University. His primary teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen. More information about Hooten is available on his website at http://tomhooten.com/.


In addition to Burkhart, Inouye and Luftman, Hooten’s fellow trumpet faculty also includes Mario Guarneri. A veteran studio session player, noted jazz musician and inventor of the B.E.R.P. brass teaching tool, Guarneri served 10 seasons as second trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.


The Conservatory’s brass department features a world-class faculty, virtually all of whom are current or past members of the San Francisco Symphony, with many holding leading positions. Small studio sizes and a collegial faculty allow students to work closely not only with their studio teacher, but with other members of the brass faculty as well.





About The San Francisco Conservatory of Music:
Founded in 1917, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music is the oldest conservatory in the American West and has earned an international reputation for producing musicians of the highest caliber. Notable alumni include violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, soprano Elza van den Heever, Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman and Ronald Losby, President, Steinway & Sons-Americas, among others. Its faculty includes nearly 30 members of the San Francisco Symphony as well as Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning artists in the fields of orchestral and chamber performance and classical guitar. The Conservatory offers its approximately 400 collegiate students fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in composition and instrumental and vocal performance. SFCM was the first institution of its kind to offer world-class graduate degree programs in chamber music and classical guitar. Its Pre-College Division provides exceptionally high standards of musical excellence and personal attention to 365 younger students. SFCM faculty and students give nearly 500 public performances each year, most of which are offered to the public at no charge. Its community outreach programs serve over 1,600 school children and over 6,000 members of the wider community who are otherwise unable to hear live performances. The Conservatory’s Civic Center facility is an architectural and acoustical masterwork, and the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall was lauded by The New York Times as the “most enticing classical-music setting” in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, visit www.sfcm.edu.
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