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David Wharton

  • Artist/Teacher in Trumpet
  • Department of Music
  • Phone: 401.874.2431
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  • Mailing Address: Department of Music
    Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Acclaimed trumpeter David Wharton is an active performing artist on the East Coast. His diversity as a performer spans the Orchestral, Contemporary, Baroque, and solo repertoire. David is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the Berkshire Symphony and the Delphi Chamber Orchestra. He is also a member of the renowned contemporary
music ensemble Le Train Bleu, based in New York City.

David is a committed music educator who inspires enthusiasm in his students. He serves on the faculty at the University of Rhode Island, Williams College, and the Hartt School of Music Community Division. Previously David taught trumpet at Bennington College from 2015-16, Brass Chamber Music at the University of Connecticut from 2013-14, and he coached chamber music for the Morse Summer Music Academy at Yale University from 2013-14.

As a New England based freelance musician David has enjoyed performing with the New Haven Symphony, Wallingford Symphony, Riverside Symphony, New Britain and Nutmeg Symphony’s, the Ivoryton Playhouse as well as the Quiet City Brass and Triton Brass Quintets. Other notable ensembles he has performed with include the Albano Ballet Orchestra, Connecticut Repertory Theater, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra, and the American Virtuosi Orchestra.

David performs frequently as a soloist on the baroque trumpet. He has appeared with the American Baroque, Indianapolis Baroque, Concert Royal, the Sebastians, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestras, as well as Yale’s Schola Cantorum. Praised for his beautiful tone and flawless ornamentation, David won first place at the National Trumpet Competition in the baroque category in 2007.

Currently living in central Connecticut with his wife Elisa and son Wyatt, David enjoys arranging music, running, kayaking, and skiing. He earned a Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Allan Dean, a Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory with Roy Poper, and he is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy.


  • Master of Musical Arts degree, Yale School of Music
  • Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory

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