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December, 21, 2017
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Meeting Room W186


Thomas Hooten

Thomas Hooten

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Mindset for Music

Clinic Synopsis:

Thomas Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the LA Philharmonic, will share his insights on the psychological, practical, and emotional aspects of being a performer.

Thomas Hooten - Biographical Information

Thomas Hooten is Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous Los Angeles Philharmonic recordings, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 and Lutoslawski’s Symphony No. 1. He has also recorded Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy and Gandolfi’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed wrote, “The symphony begins with a terrifying trumpet solo. Thomas Hooten nailed it.” Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hooten served as Principal Trumpet in the Atlanta Symphony from 2006-2012, where he was awarded the first ever Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair, a $10,000 merit-based award for “excellence in musical artistry, leadership, collegiality and community engagement.” He released Trumpet Call, his first solo album, in 2011. Hooten has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, “The President’s Own” US Marine Band, the United States Air Force Band, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and many other groups. As an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Harrisburg Symphony, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Baltimore Symphony. He has given master classes and recitals at Juilliard, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, the Universities of Kentucky and Illinois, and many other locations throughout the United States. Hooten began his career in 2000 with a trumpet/cornet position in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he was often a featured soloist. He went on to join the Indianapolis Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet for two years, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2006, and the LA Philharmonic in 2012. Thomas Hooten is currently on the faculty at the University of Southern California. He has served on the faculty for The Aspen Music Festival, acting as a guest artist and teacher. While in Atlanta, he shared a studio with his wife, Jennifer Marotta, at Kennesaw State University, where they provided lessons, master classes, and coaching to a diverse range of professional and student musicians. A native of Tampa, Florida, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. His primary trumpet teachers have included Armando Ghitalla, John Hagstrom, and Don Owen.