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Billy Ray Hunter, Jr.
As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter
has performed with several ensembles and
music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra,
New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble,
Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra,
American Brass Quintet, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival
and the MET Chamber Ensemble.
His honors and awards include first prize in the Kingsville International Solo
Competition Brass and Non-string divisions, second prize in the National
Trumpet Competition, recipient of the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a
fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, and
most recently, the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard
School, his teachers have included Mark Gould (former Principal Trumpet
of the Met), Raymond Mase (Principal Trumpet of the NYC Ballet and
ABQ), Raymond Crisara (former trumpet of the Met and NBC Symphony),
and Harry Shapiro (former horn player of the Boston Symphony).
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A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently
Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera
in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet
with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in
Chicago. Before this, he was Principal with the
New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival
Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest
Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony
in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala
Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony
Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed
with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston,
Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies.