Arkansas Trumpet Workshop 2019

Welcome, trumpet enthusiasts of all ages! Be sure to attend our 2019 event for the opportunity to participate in workshops and masterclasses – not to mention meeting others who love the trumpet.This is the perfect opportunity to develop your skills, interact with others who share your musical interests, and learn new repertoire.

This year’s special guest artist is internationally recognized artist John Aley, Principal Trumpet of the Madison Symphony and Professor Emeritus of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin, and former member of the American Brass Quintet. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our 2019 event. See below for details about his impressive career. 

Performances will be given by U of A trumpet professor Richard Rulli, the U of A Trumpet Ensemble, the Trumpet Workshop Ensemble, and our special guest artist.

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Open to trumpet enthusiasts of all ages


Saturday, February 23, 2019


9:30 am – 7:30 pm       [See schedule below for details.]


Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, U of A Campus, Fayetteville

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$25 by February 8 / $40 after February 8

Fee includes lunch, instruction, and materials

Event Registration

Click here to register and pay online. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card accepted.

NOTE: Registration requires establishing an account. Please be sure the account contact is the parent or guardian, and the student is listed as a child on the adult’s account. This will help ensure that the appropriate information (age, school, instrument, etc.) is collected for each participant.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Refunds are not available; however, substitutions are welcome at any time.

For More Information About Registration      David Owens, CMS Operations Coordinator – 479-575-4702,

For More Information About Curriculum      Dr. Richard Rulli, Professor of Trumpet – 479-575-6383 –


10:00 – 10:30 A.M.

Program Check-in


10:30 A.M.

Welcome & Opening Session

11:00 A.M.

Presentation by Guest Artist John Aley “Blow Into the Little End: Reflections of Life with the Trumpet”

12:30 P.M.

Lunch  (included in registration fee)

Brough Dining Hall

1:30 P.M.

UA Trumpet Ensemble Performance


2:30 P.M.

Master Class with Guest Artist John Aley, UA Trumpet Students, & Workshop Lottery Participants

4:45 P.M.

Trumpet Ensemble Reading Session (all workshop participants)

5:30 P.M.

Workshop Finale Recital featuring John Aley, Richard Rulli, & Tomoko Kashiwagi

*Final Recital Open to the Public – Workshop Families are Encouraged to Attend*

Meet the Instructors

Program Director

Richard J. Rulli


Richard J. Rulli, trumpet, holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (DMA), Ithaca College, New York (MM), and the University of Northern Colorado (BM/BME). At the University of Arkansas, he teaches trumpet, brass chamber music, conducts the trumpet ensemble and performs as a founding member of the Arkansas Brassworks, the UA faculty brass quintet in residence. In addition, he serves as Principal Trumpet of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, formerly the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Rulli is a 2009 University of Arkansas Faculty Gold Medal recipient for his support of students as a faculty mentor in performance and advising.

Guest Artist

John Aley


John Aley has performed extensively throughout the U. S. and internationally. He is Principal trumpet and soloist with Madison Symphony, and formerly with the Wichita, Greenwich, and Stamford, CT Symphonies. He performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony and New York City based ensembles: the American Brass Quintet, American Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic, working with legendary musicians Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Aley was also a soloist at the Vienna Chamber Orchestra with Maurice Andre, and with the English Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded with ABQ, PDQ Bach, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, and a solo CD Autumn (available from iTunes). In 2016, Aley made an international performance in Cuba for the 500th Anniversary Celebration of the City of Santiago, as well as performances and master classes in Mexico City and Toluca. He has served as a performing artist/educator at the Aspen Music Festival, Yale Summer School of Music, and UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic. Currently a Valade Fellow at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and faculty of the Interlochen Trumpet Institute. Further, he is a featured performer, clinician/adjudicator for the International Trumpet Guild and National Trumpet Competition. He is former faculty at Brooklyn College, Wichita State University, and Western Connecticut State College. After 36 years of teaching, Aley retired and became Professor/Emeritus of the Mead Witter School of Music at UW-Madison. 

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