Skye van Duuren is a performer, composer, arranger, and educator. He currently studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance. Mr. van Duuren holds two Master of Music degrees from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from The University of Arizona.
He currently performs with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and the CCM Philharmonia, and has also performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra, Sierra Vista Symphony, and others. He also enjoys an active commission schedule as a composer and his repertoire includes over one hundred works for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instrument, keyboard, and electronic media. As an advocate for contemporary music, he presents on subjects ranging from his own unique compositional innovations and theoretical writings to special performance topics.
When not busy with his studies. Mr. van Duuren enjoys bringing brass music to the greater Cincinnati community through the Bearcat Brass Band, an ensemble he founded to play in public spaces and schools, often accepting donations for local charities. He enjoys long bicycle rides, strumming a guitar, and playing tunes on his horn in local parks.