On Thursday, October 25th, Robert Dorer, who holds the position of 2nd trumpet with the Minnesota Orchestra, came to the University of Iowa School of Music to give a guest artist trumpet master class. Four students played for Dorer in the master class, each receiving about twenty minutes of individual coaching. In addition, Dorer taught several one hour private lessons. Throughout the master class, Dorer focused on maximizing the intake of air to play the trumpet. He talked about “creating a suction at the lips” and saying “Oh” as you bring air in. Other creative ideas include breaking down difficult passages into two note phrases with a rest/breath in between. These two notes are played in the performance tempo, with the correct articulation, and style. When comfortable with the two note phrases, add two two note phrases together. Then combine two of these four note phrases together and so on. It’s a way to play technical passages in tempo, in style, perfectly, the first time.
He was also adamant about the idea that how we feel has nothing to do with the music. We must be able to play at a high level under many varying circumstances. Always go for the sound; shout it out loud in your head!