Center Stage lecture: ‘So you want to be a musician?’

thumb_Phillip_Collins_trumpeterPhilip CollinsFormer principal trumpet player for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras Philip Collins presents a free lecture at Tennessee Tech University on Wednesday, Feb. 2, entitled "So You Want to Be a Musician?"

The lecture, part of the Center Stage series, is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Collins will provide an entertaining lecture summarizing his experiences from more 31 years of performing and recording with the world-class Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras. He performed for more than 120 recordings including dozens of acclaimed albums with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel.

"Rarely can one get a wonderful opportunity like this to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the life of a musician for a major symphony orchestra and to discover some of the challenges of recording more than 100 albums," said TTU trumpet professor Charles Decker.

Collins appeared as soloist with the Cincinnati Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and on various recital series. He toured North and South America with the Eastman Brass Quintet and recorded with Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Prior to joining the Cincinnati Symphony, Collins was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Eastman Brass Quintet.

He is adjunct professor of trumpet at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and his publications include arrangements of sacred music for trumpet ensembles and three trumpet books including "Studies in the Style of Pops Orchestra Repertoire."

Collins is a graduate of the prestigious music conservatory Eastman School of Music and did graduate study at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

For more information, contact Decker at 931-372-3711.