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Michael Chunn


Michael Chunn is Professor of Music (trumpet) and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.  Graduating from the University of Illinois in 1980 as a student of David Hickman, he began his teaching career at Colorado State University.  While in Colorado, he was also principal trumpet of the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, a member of the Denver based Aries Brass Quintet and performed as a substitute with the Denver Symphony Orchestra. 

Since joining the Kent faculty in 1983, Professor Chunn has performed with many Northeast Ohio orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra as well as the Akron, Canton and Youngstown Symphony(s).   Mr. Chunn was principal trumpet of the Cleveland Opera Orchestra for nearly two decades beginning in the early 1990’s.   During this time, he also served as the principal trumpet of the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra and the Ohio Chamber Orchestra.  He was principal trumpet of Cleveland’s Red {an orchestra} for seven years and has also substituted as principal trumpet for the Buffalo Philharmonic. 

An active soloist and recitalist throughout his career, he has given solo performances at national and international conventions, as well as with festivals and orchestras across the United States.  He has recorded for Crystal Records, including his solo album - Michael Chunn Plays Music for Cornet and Trumpet (Crystal Records S662), re-released in 2011 as Trumpet Sounds (Crystal Records CD662).

As a chamber musician, he performs with and was a founding member of the Kent Brass Quintet.   He also toured nationally for several years with the Metropolitan Brass Quintet of Cleveland.   Mr. Chunn has published an advanced trumpet method - A Trumpeter's Daily Routine (Medici Music Press).

Research Areas
  • Trumpet
  • Brass
  • Music
  • Chamber Music
Michael Chunn
School of Music
E-104 Msp
Phone: 330-672-9234
Fax: 330-672-7837