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Barton Woomert is the new Brass Musician-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1982 where he has worked under many famous conductors including Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis, Gunther Herbig, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Charles Dutoit, Helmut Rilling and Leonard Slatkin. His position with the orchestra provides him with the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s greatest soloists such as Lang Lang, James Ehnes, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo- Ma, Emmanuel, Ax, Maureen Forrester, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis. As a teacher, he has served as trumpet instructor at the University of Toronto for more than 25 years, and he maintains a busy private studio. He also is an active studio and chamber musician who performs as a member of True North Brass. He enjoys a variety of free-lance performance opportunities, and when time permits, he pursues a special interest in trumpet and organ repertoire. During the summer, he serves on the music faculties of the Interprovincial Music Camp and the Lancaster County Music Camp of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and he is a trumpet mentor for the National Academy Orchestra and the Boris Brott Music Festival.
Prior to moving to Toronto, Barton was Principal Trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Venezuela. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he received his music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the United States Marine Band, the *President*s Own*, in Washington, D.C., and performed as soloist for four years in the White House.