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Brass Faculty: Lee Soper

Lee Soper, who has been one of New York City's busiest trumpet players, enjoys an extensive concert and recording career. He is a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the New York Pops, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Center for Contemporary Opera Orchestra. Having performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Symphony, NY Virtuosi, PDQ Bach Orchestra, and the American Composers Orchestra, he also frequently appears and records with numerous other orchestras and ensembles in New York.

Mr. Soper has performed national tours as a soloist with chamber orchestras sponsored by Columbia Artists Management and has recorded numerous scores for films and television. His distinguished career includes chamber music concerts and recordings with the New York Trumpet Ensemble, American Brass Quintet, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, New Amsterdam Brass, Music Today, EOS Chamber Music Ensemble, and The Canadian Brass.

You can hear Mr. Soper on SONY, Columbia, Nonesuch, RCA, and New World recordings.

He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music having studied under the legendary William Vacchiano. Mr. Soper has been passionate about the education and training of young musicians throughout his career as evidenced by his private studio and university teaching experience. His commitment to the future of live performance and to new artists draws extensively from his active involvement in the business aspects of a musical career. He has also been the lead negotiator of many orchestra contracts for over 20 years and continues to serve as contractor for a variety of musical engagements.