Dr. Richard Roper, trumpet, performs with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Mendocino Festival Orchestra, and more. As a chamber musician, he has been featured on concerts for the Noontime and Old First concert series in San Francisco and as a member of the Espressivo Orchestra in Santa Cruz.
Richard serves on the music faculties of UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, and College of San Mateo. He spent many years as the trumpet instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College where he also directed the Brass Ensemble and taught musicianship. Richard is the Director of the El Camino Wind Orchestra and has served as Guest Conductor of the California Wind Symphony. He has held other faculty positions at CSU Stanislaus and the University of Maine.
As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, Richard spent a year on fellowship studying and performing music in Paris and was featured in solo performances at the American Church and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland and received further training at the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Festival, and the Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy. Richard's major teachers are Antoine Cure´, Allan Dean, Chris Gekker, and Mario Guarneri. He had additional studies with Raymond Mase, Glenn Fischthal, James Dooley, and Adolph 'Bud' Herseth.
Dr. Richard Roper, trumpet, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, he spent a year studying and performing in Paris. Committed to arts education, Richard serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory/Adult Extension department, UC Santa Cruz, and the Community School of Music and Arts in Silicon Valley, and formerly at CSU Stanislaus and the University of Maine.
Richard has performed with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Symphony, Lamplighters, San Jose Opera, Masterworks Chorale, Oakland Symphony, and others. He is also a member of the Monteverdi Brass Quintet, a new ensemble dedicated to performing early music on modern instruments. His arrangements and editions of early music for brass are available through Charles Colin and BVD Press. In addition, Richard has studied and performed at the Aspen Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Chamber Music festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. His major teachers include Chris Gekker, Allan Dean, Mario Guarneri, Antoine Curé, and Raymond Mase.