The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB congratulates Kurt Peregrine, trumpet, as the Cole Conservatory Scholar of the Month for October 2012.
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Cole Conservatory Scholar of the Month:
October 2012

Kurt Peregrine, Trumpet

Portrait of Kurt standing on stairs with his trumpet.

KURT PEREGRINE began his studies at CSULB in Fall 2010, where he has performed with the Cole Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble and the Graduate Brass Quintet. Prior to this he attended Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio and Saddleback College, Mission Viejo.

He has worked in the Idyllwild Summer program since 2010 performing with band and orchestra, individual and group instruction, and has conducted sectionals and rehearsals. He has also taught privately. He has additional experience as lead trumpet in 'Broadway' review, and has performed at Kirk and Anne Douglas' 50th year renewal of vows, with the Young Musicians Foundation as principal trumpet for "DEBUT ORCHESTRA" at Disney Hall, and as part of the Brass Quintet Ensemble featured on KMZT 105.1. Kurt also was the South Coast Symphony's Concerto Competition Winner, "Young Artists of the Future," with Barry Silverman, conductor. In addition he has attended numerous Summer music festivals and programs including Interlochen and Tanglewood.

BCCM. How did you choose your instrument?

KP. I chose the trumpet after several years of study on piano, viola, and banging on a drum set. The trumpet caught my attention as an instrument that delivers powerful sounds of nobility in fanfare that could reach audiences from miles away. I wanted control over the trumpet's three valves and to utilize the skill to produce music and master the pitch each harmonic interval can produce.

BCCM. Why the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music?

KP. I vividly remember my audition at CSULB. Rob Frear, director of brass studies,and other faculty members showed an interest in me—particularly in the technique I use in my practice habits. I immediately felt valued and continue to feel like a member of a team in each section I play in whether it is Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Orchestra, or Wind Symphony.

BCCM. Who were your influences? Who do you admire the most in your field of study and why?

KP. I admire many professional trumpet players, especially those who perform in an orchestral or soloist setting. I draw inspiration from Sergei Nakariakov, who, from a young age, has mastered the articulation, flexibility, and range techniques I continue to pursue. His sheer precision and beautiful tone astound me every time I hear his music.

BCCM. What do you want to do in the future with your talent?

KP. As a performer I hope to achieve a position in a professional orchestra. I am also interested in teaching young artists some of my most valuable lessons and a real understanding of the instrument I have grown to love. CSULB's excellent resources such as the Cole Scholarship and my private instructor, David Washburn, are vital to achieving my success. I'm very grateful for the support I have received, allowing me to study with David and the countless hours he and Rob Frear have spent leading me toward my goals.

Congratulations to Kurt Peregrine, our October 2012 Cole Scholar of the Month!


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