American trumpeter Jason Bergman was appointed Associate Professor of Music (Trumpet) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2022.
He has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and China. In 2008, Bergman was named Associate Principal Trumpet of the Santiago Philharmonic in Chile and more recently has been Principal Trumpet of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Mobile Opera. He has also performed with the Utah Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Dallas Winds, including on their Grammy-nominated album featuring the music of John Williams. He has also been a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square where he performed weekly with the renowned Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, Bergman has performed in concert with the Canadian Brass, Rhythm & Brass and with conductor David Robertson at Carnegie Hall as part of the Weill Music Institute. He also performed as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West.
Bergman has given recitals and master classes at numerous institutions worldwide and has performed and presented clinics at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Utah Music Educators Conference, and the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention. As a soloist, he has performed with the Royal Belgian Air Force Band, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Timpanogos Symphony, and the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble among many other groups.
In the United States, he has been a faculty member at the Idyllwild Chamber Fest, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar, and abroad at the Música nas Montanhas Festival and Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Brazil and Semana de la Trompeta Peruana in Peru. A committed educator, Bergman previously served on the faculties of Brigham Young University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He received the Class of ‘49 Young Scholar Award from Brigham Young University and the Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professorship from the University of Southern Mississippi.
He currently serves as President of the International Trumpet Guild where he has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors. He is a regular adjudicator with the National Trumpet Competition and was host of the 2018 National Trumpet Competition. He also served with Irish trumpet artist, David Collins, as co-host of the 2021 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition in Dublin, Ireland. Committed to research, Dr. Bergman is a contributing author for the Grove Dictionary of American Music and served as editor of the Orchestra Section Profile in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. He has released three solo albums on the MSR Classics label, each that includes numerous world premiere recordings. Bergman, who earned a MM and DMA at the University of Michigan and a BM at Brigham Young University, is a Yamaha Artist and exclusively plays Yamaha trumpets.
Li-Kuo Chang is professor of music in viola at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He was previously acting principal viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), appointed by Riccardo Muti in 2017. Chang was appointed assistant principal viola of the CSO by Georg Solti in 1988.
As a soloist, Chang has performed with the CSO on several occasions, most recently, with Pinchas Zukerman in Bach’s Sixth Brandenburg Concerto.
As a chamber musician, Chang has collaborated with many renowned artists, such as Zukerman, Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Christoph Eschenbach, Nicolaj Szepe-Znaider, Julia Fischer, Alisa Weilerstein, and Kirill Gerstein, among others.
Performance venues include the Lucerne, Jerusalem, and Ravinia festivals as well as the Symphony Center in Chicago, Staatsoper Berlin, and numerous concert halls in Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.
By invitation of Barenboim, Chang was guest principal viola for the Staatsoper Berlin and Staatskapelle Berlin from 2000 to 2007 on several of their European and Asian tours, including Wagner’s complete Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle in Japan.
An educator for more than 30 years, Chang has been on the artist faculty at several music institutes, including the Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Peabody Institute, and Affinis Summer Festival in Japan.
Many of his students have won auditions, including principal positions, with orchestras around the world, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, St. Louis, London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, among others.
He started his early music training on piano under the guidance of his pianist mother, who was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Chang switched to violin study after attending a concert by legendary Soviet violinist David Oistrakh and gave his public solo debut at the Shanghai Spring Music Festival at age 11.
Chang became a violist when he formed his own string quartet while a student at the music high school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
After winning the 1978 Young Artist Competition in Shanghai as the first-ever violist in China to win such a competition, he came to the U.S. with full scholarship offers from The Julliard School, New England Conservatory, and Eastman School of Music.
Chang pursued his formal viola study with Francis Tursi at Eastman, Milton Thomas and Donald McInnes at the Music Academy of the West as a young artist fellow, and privately with Paul Doktor and William Magers. He also played for William Primrose at his master class.
Chang has owned and performed on a rare 1768 Parma period G. B. Guadagnini viola, known as the ex-Vieuxtemps, for more than 20 years. He currently plays on a 1774 Turin period G. B. Guadagnini viola owned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He lives with his wife, Maggie, and son, Daniel, in Chicago’s Lakeview East.
Demondrae Thurman is professor of music in euphonium and chair of the Brass Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Thurman has an outstanding international reputation as a euphonium soloist, having performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout North America. Many of America’s premier colleges and universities have hosted him as a performer and teacher, and he continues to be in high demand. Over the past 10 years, he has been an invited guest artist/ clinician at many of the world’s prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference, and Leonard Falcone Competition.
Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world’s best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, he is indemand as a euphonium specialist for symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Alex Keiser, from Orlando, Florida, is a senior trumpet performance major at the IU Jacobs School of Music. During his time at Jacobs, he has studied under several professors, including Douglas Lindsay, Kevin Cobb, and Jason Bergman. Alex has also been a part of numerous ensembles, including Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Brass Choir and Brass Band.
Polish American violist Amanda Kellman is pursuing a master’s degree in viola performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music. A pupil of Li-Kuo Chang, she has also had the privilege to study with Lawrence Neuman, Roger Chase, Alexander Zemtsov, Rumen Cvetkov, and Michael Kugel. With a concentration in orchestral studies, Amanda currently holds professional positions with numerous orchestras, such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (principal on rotation), the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and with other Chicagoland ensembles, including the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of Oak Park River Forest. She has also performed chamber music alongside members of the Duo Diorama and musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Amanda has participated in several summer festivals, including Venice Music Master, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Vienna Summer Music Festival, and Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival. At the Jacobs school, Amanda enjoys playing in the Baroque Orchestra.
Capper Howard is a senior at the Jacobs School of Music. He is pursuing a BM in euphonium performance and a minor in German. Capper currently studies with Demondrae Thurman and previously studied with Adam Frey and Paul Dickinson. He is also studying bass trumpet with Carl Lenthe. Capper is a member of the Anomaly Euphonium Quartet, IU Trombone Choir, IU Brass Band, and is a student instructor in the Jacobs Distance Teaching and Learning Lab. Capper will be graduating this fall and applying to master’s performance degree programs in Switzerland.