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Douglas Prosser

Douglas Prosser
Douglas Prosser

Instrument: Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Garden Hose

With the RPO since: 1995

Favorite time of year in Rochester: Late Summer/Fall, cooler temps and great colors

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

First music-related memory: Boston Pops at home on Sunday morning.

I decided to be a professional musician when … I was in High School, had two really great HS music teachers.

Favorite travel destination: Europe, Spain in particular

Influential teachers: Barbara Butler, Charles Guyer, Former Professors of Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music

Favorite ice cream flavor: Chubby Hubby

What are your other "hidden" talents: Hiking, jogging, chess, books, keeping my sofa warm

What other orchestras have you performed with? Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

Oddest RPO concert (or rehearsal) memory... My very first Pops concert with RPO was Garrison Keiler's show which begins with the "Young Lutherans' Guide to the Orchestra.” A lone trumpet Fanfare opens the piece. At the time I was trying some new equipment on my trumpet and had two lead pipes side by side and I had the mouthpiece in the wrong one. So, when the director gave me the cue to start the piece the only thing that came out was the sound of a mouthpiece buzzing through a few inches of tube. Great way to start a new job!!!

What types of music do you like to listen to? Pop, Jazz, Folk, Classical,  Middle Eastern

Do you have a pet/what kind/how many? No, the wife says no. So, I adopted one on FaceBook

The RPO is essential to Rochester because ... we add a dimension of musical life to our community that is very inspiring for many people.

My favorite part of working in the RPO is ... sense of connection to my colleagues and the musical conversation that we have on stage with each other and with the genius composers whose work embodies that which is most powerful, beautiful, graceful and enlightening in the human spirit.


RPO Principal Trumpet Douglas Prosser has been a member of the RPO since 1995.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School, having studied with Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Mark Gould. From 1987-1995, he was principal trumpet with the City of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings on EMI and CBS Masterworks. Mr. Prosser has given master classes, lectures, recitals, and concerts in Spain and the United States. For six summers, he was on the faculty at the University of Barcelona.  Since 1997, Mr. Prosser has been on the faculty at the Eastman School, and has been a member of the Eastman Brass since 1998. 

Photo: Janice Hanson

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