Brad Hogarth - Conductor, Trumpeter
At the age of 31, Brad has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan. Equally comfortable on stage, on the podium, and in the classroom, he is the Assistant Professor of Conducting at San Francisco State University, the music director and conductor of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, while maintaining a busy performance schedule as a trumpeter. Most recently, Brad conducted the Playa Players Collective’s epic fully staged ballet production of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring under the Tree of Ténéré at Burning Man. An estimated 10,000 people were in attendance and photos from the event were featured in USA Today and Business Insider. Brad has also recently guest conducted the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the ECHO Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, the Oakland Municipal Band, and regularly conducts various professions, educational, and community events all over the Bay Area.
Since moving to San Francisco, Brad has performed on trumpet with many of the Bay Area's finest ensembles, including the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. This past August, he was in Germany playing at the Thueringer Bachwochen’s Weimar Bach Academy. In recent summers, Brad has performed with the Sun Valley Summer Orchestra, the Cabrillo Music Festival, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Music in the Vineyards Festival, Mendocino Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains. Other Bay Area ensembles Brad regularly performs with include the Eco Ensemble, Bay Brass, Opera San Jose, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, California Symphony, Modesto Symphony, Monterey Symphony Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Marin Symphony, and Symphony Napa Valley. He is currently the acting 2nd trumpet for the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He also spent past summers performing domestically and internationally with the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, The Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, CCM Spoleto Festival, and the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
As a trumpet soloist, Brad has most recently been featured by un-conducted chamber orchestra One Found Sound along side oboist Jesse Barret playing Copland’s Quiet City. The Walnut Creek Concert Band featured Brad playing Arban’s Fantasie Brilliant and Rafael Mendez’s version of La Virgen de La Macarena. In the summer of 2012, Brad was a featured soloist with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, playing the Henri Tomasi Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
An avid educator, he was the Chair of Instrumental Music, Band and Full Orchestra director of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts High School. In 2014 he conducted the Ruth Asawa SOTA Orchestra at SF Jazz for the Other Minds Festival, the first student group to ever be featured in the festival’s 20 year history. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Brad taught music for one year at the Gunma Kokusai Academy in Ota Gunma, Japan. Diverse in professional activities, he has also conducts brass choirs and wind ensembles and is an arranger for various types of ensembles, including a yearly new arrangement for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Noble Trumpet ensemble.
Brad completed a double major in trumpet performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music and also spent a semester in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. He graduated with his masters in trumpet performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012. His principal trumpet teachers have been Mark Inouye and James Thompson. His primary conducting teachers have been Mark Davis Scatterday and Brad Lubman.
Photo by Trevor Hughes, USA Today
Burning Man, 2017 - Stravinsky's Rite of Spring