James Vaughen, trumpet

Graduation Recital | November 16, 2022 8:00 p.m.

Graduation recitals display the skill and passion of Curtis Institute of Music students on the cusp of professional musicianship. Members of the current class will share the breadth of their talent through a culminating graduation recital. Admission requires advance registration and is complimentary.

This performance will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Please note: Performance programs are subject to last-minute changes and cancellations.

TELEMANN Adagio, from Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D7 arr. Karl Grebe
GALLOIS-MONTBRUN Sarabande et Finale
DESENCLOS Selections, from Incantation, thrène et danse
PRICE Sympathy, arr. James Vaughen
HENDERSON Selections, from Variation Movements
HERTEL Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major

James Vaughen, trumpet
Jenny Chen, piano

HAYDN Concerto in E-Flat Major, Hob. VIIe:1
TOMASI Concerto

James Vaughen, trumpet
Jenny Chen, piano

  • November 16, 2022
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall


  • James Vaughen, from Champaign, Ill., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 and studies trumpet with David Bilger. All students at Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, and James is the Stanley and Bertha Rogasner Fellow.

    James has soloed with the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Illinois Sinfonia da Camera. In 2018 James was chosen to attend the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, performing in Tokyo, Hiroshima, and throughout Sapporo. James has placed first in numerous national and international competitions, most notably taking first in all three divisions in the 2021 International Trumpet Guild Ryan Anthony Memorial Competition’s Solo, Orchestral Excerpts, and Wind Band divisions and winning the 2020 Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition.

    Most recently James placed 3rd in the 2021 Ellsworth-Smith International Trumpet Competition, was a 2021 Tanglewood Music Center fellow, spent 4 months on tour with Canadian Brass, and just arrived back from a principal trumpet trial period with the London Symphony.

    James began studying the piano at age six and the trumpet at age ten. His other teachers have included Thomas Rolfs, Ronald Romm, Nathan Mandel, Sal Percoco, and Aaron Romm.  Prior to his studies at Curtis, James spent a year working as an AmeriCorps Intern for Spring Initiative, a nonprofit transformative after-school program in the Mississippi Delta.

About the Performers

James Vaughen, from Champaign, Ill., a student of David Bilger, is the Stanley and Bertha Rogasner Fellow and entered Curtis in 2018.

Jenny Chen, staff pianist

Special Thanks

The Edith L. and Robert Prostkoff Memorial Concert Series. The Curtis Institute of Music receives funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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