D. M. A., M. M., B. M.
Beginning Brass, Trumpet, Sacred Music Studies
Dr. Evan Duke is a consummate performer, business and arts manager, and teacher. Having performed on trumpet, cornet, and French horn, his past teachers include Jim Ruffaner, Bob Birch, Dan Kirsop, and Mark Clodfelter. As a university student, Evan performed in three operatic productions: Andrea Chenier, Elixir of Love, and Mefistofele. Evan continues to perform actively in both the operatic and music theater worlds, including recent performances of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.
For three summers Evan traveled as a performing member of The Musical Mission Team, a combination choir and brass ensemble that toured Europe and gave nearly 100 concerts per summer. Countries that he has performed in include El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, and Lithuania. In addition to playing principal trumpet for The Music Mission Team, Evan wrote several sacred arrangements and transcriptions for the group including “Lyons,” “Ein Feste Burg,” “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” “Like a River Glorious,” and “Forest Green.” Some of Evan’s most significant performances include participating in the inaugural performance of the International Honors Wind Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performing with the University of Kentucky Trumpet ensemble at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild conference in a concert which featured the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet.
Currently, Evan serves as President of Foothills Philharmonic. He has been with the orchestra since 2010, serving as a board member for two years and subsequently becoming President. Evan has been a performing member of F.I.R.E. (Fountain Inn), the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, and Greenville Light Opera Works. In addition to his playing duties with the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra, he served on their advisory board. Other groups that he has performed with include the Greenville Heritage Textile Band and the South Carolina Children’s Theater. In addition to these ensembles, Evan continues to freelance throughout the Southeast performing for weddings, churches, and other social occasions.
As a private teacher, Evan teaches students of all ages throughout Upstate South Carolina. He is honored to share his musical passion with students worldwide as a member of TML Online. Evan’s instrumental conducting and coaching experiences also include serving as Brass Coach for the Young Artists Orchestra in the Greenville County Youth Orchestra and as Director of Bands for the CHEE program in Easley for three years.
In addition to his teaching and performance career, Evan also has varied research interests. His doctoral dissertation studied the impact of language on trumpet performance. In addition to being a member of the Golden Key, he also was nominated for their ISLP program. Other professional experiences include serving as the Business and Operations Manager for Ye Olde Piano Shoppe and serving as a board member for the South Carolina Public Interest Foundation.
Evan Duke continues to perform on trumpet in recitals, concerts, and at other social occasions throughout the Southeast. He plays on Curry Mouthpieces and his primary instruments are B-flat Bach Stradivarius (model 43), C Yamaha, Eb/D Schilke, and a Yamaha piccolo. In addition to his teaching, performing, and arts management work, Evan is an avid hockey fan who also enjoys hiking and weightlifting.