University of Louisville

Michael Tunnell is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and University Scholar at the University of Louisville School of Music. Tunnell performs with Louisville Brass, and was Principal Trumpet and Principal Corno da Caccia with the Louisville Bach Society for 23 years. He is featured on the Mark Records CD Sonus Brass Captured and the Centaur CD Louisville Brass: Season to Dance as well as on seven solo recordings: Mixed Doubles, Melancholia, and Lumen, on the Coronet label, and Passages, The Morning Trumpet, à la Chasse, and Out of the Forest on the Centaur label. He can also be heard on the Sinfonia da Camera of Illinois recording of the Saint-Saens Septet and on numerous Louisville Orchestra First Edition recordings. A founding member of the brass quintet Sonus Brass, Tunnell has toured the Far East and South America with this group and as a soloist. As a member of Sonus Brass, Tunnell has worked as a teacher and clinician with the Youth Orchestra System in Venezuela, and as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orquesta Sinfonica in Caracas. In 2001 Tunnell was a Visiting Professor of Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, and in 1999 Tunnell was a guest artist at the Lieksa Brass Week (Finland). Tunnell is a former member of the music faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, SUNY-Potsdam College, and the University of Illinois. Tunnell is a member of Kentucky Baroque Trumpets and President Lincoln’s Own Band and performed with this group portraying the U. S. Marine Band in Steven Spielberg 2012 movie, Lincoln. Tunnell is the 2008 Alumni Fellow of the University of Louisville School of Music. His teachers include Leon Rapier, Allan Cox, Arnold Jacobs, Adolph Herseth and Armando Ghitalla. His students hold positions in prominent colleges and orchestras, and they have enjoyed great success in numerous solo competitions both in the United States and in Europe.


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