James Madison University School of Music



CHRIS CARRILLO, Associate Professor

Dr. Chris Carrillo is a Conn-Selmer trumpet artist and has performed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany on modern and historic instruments. He currently performs as Principal Trumpet with the New Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Wind Symphony on their Grammy nominated recording, Garden of Dreams, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and as a guest performer with the "President’s Own” United States Marine Band Brass Quintet. As an orchestral musician, Dr. Carrillo spent five seasons as a member of the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, and he has performed as a substitute and extra with the symphony orchestras of Austin, Abilene, Charlottesville, and Jacksonville as well as the opera companies of Austin, Lynchburg, and Memphis. As a featured soloist and chamber collaborator he has performed concerts and recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and City Recital Hall in Sydney, Australia.

As a commercial musician, Carrillo has recorded for numerous national advertising campaigns and performed as a local musician for several national Broadway touring productions. He has collaborated with such varied artists as Bob Brookmeyer, Marvin Hamlisch, the Harry James Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, the Fifth Dimension, the Temptations, and John Pizzarelli to name a few. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at James Madison University in 2009 where he coaches chamber music, teaches studio trumpet, and performs with the Madison Brass-the faculty brass quintet in residence at JMU. Carrillo earned his doctorate in music at The University of Texas at Austin and did additional studies in orchestral performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. His trumpet teachers have included Ray Sasaki of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet and Ray Crisara formerly of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini.


Email: carrilcj@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6972


Trumpet Studio

Audition Information

Students who wish to pursue trumpet studies at James Madison University must first audition for acceptance into the School of Music. Trumpet Auditions consist of a minimum of two selections of contrasting styles and character that will demonstrate the student's technical and musical ability. Selections to be performed should be chosen from the standard repertoire for the trumpet and may include through-composed compositions, movements from a sonata or concerto, or a classical etude. Accompaniment for the audition is optional and memorization is not required.

In addition to the prepared selections, students will be asked to perform two octave major scales and to sight-read. Students with experience in jazz, orchestral excerpts, or piccolo trumpet are invited to perform in these areas, also. The final portion of the audition consists of a short interview with the JMU brass faculty.

If at all possible, students should plan to audition on one of the three-scheduled audition days for the School of Music. Those who are unable to do so may contact Dr. Carrillo to arrange an alternate audition appointment.

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JMU Audition Days

  • January, 2014

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