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A History of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Lecture
John Hagstrom, trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The power of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Brass section has long played a substantial role in the orchestra’s international reputation for brilliance. For nearly 50 years, the CSO Brass has delivered dazzling concerts of its own, further cementing its position among the mightiest brass sections ever to perform. In this lecture, CSO Trumpet John Hagstrom discusses the proud history of this highly esteemed ensemble.
This lecture is part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 2020 Residency at Artis—Naples.
The Visiting Orchestras series is generously sponsored by Judy and Verne Istock.
John Hagstrom has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s trumpet section since 1996, when he won the audition for fourth trumpet. A year later, he won the second trumpet position, carrying on the tradition of brass section teamwork for which the CSO is famous. Previously, he was principal trumpet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas and served as assistant professor of trumpet at Wichita State University.
Hagstrom is passionate in his support of music education and, in 2006, helped to initiate Dream Out Loud, a music education advocacy partnership between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the Yamaha Corporation of America. Through that initiative, he developed a variety of resources created for elementary through high school students, their teachers and parents, designed to support students’ interests in playing an instrument and providing encouragement through times of challenge.
A native Chicagoan, Hagstrom grew up listening to the CSO. He studied at the Eastman School and played in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in Washington, D.C., for six years, where he spent three of those years as principal trumpet.