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Brass Faculty: Vincent Penzarella

Vincent Penzarella joined the New York Philharmonic in 1977, after eight years membership in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Professor Penzarella is a native of Philadelphia, having studied music at the age of 8. He started to play Trumpet at the age of 13. His first solo appearance was at the age of 14 with the University of Pennsylvania Band performing the Cornet solo ìNapoliî. At the age of 15, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, as a full scholarship student.

During that period he also performed as a substitute player with the Philadelphia Orchestra, soloist and principal with the University of Pennsylvania band, the Temple University Orchestra and Band, the Mainline Symphony Orchestra, and both the civic and grand opera companies of Philadelphia.

Prior to coming to New York and before his duty with the U.S. Army, Prof. Penzarella played principal trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. Upon coming to New York in 1963 to study with former co principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic John Ware, he performed as a free-lance artist in Broadway shows, Radio City Music Hall, recording sessions, New York City Ballet and Opera and New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In April of 2000, he was honored at the New York Brass conference.

Prof. Penzarella has given many Master classes both in the United States and internationally, such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Texas, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Memphis, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Russia, Poland, Israel, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil and Chile.