Eric Yates

Associate Professor of Trumpet

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DM, Trumpet Performance, Northwestern University


Eric Yates serves as an associate professor of trumpet at The University of Alabama, principal trumpet in the Tuscaloosa Symphony, and first trumpet of The University of Alabama Brass Quintet.

Yates is also an in-demand soloist and clinician and has appeared throughout the United States and in numerous countries as a soloist, touring ensemble member, and teacher. He has performed in Russia, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Cuba, and has presented master classes and recitals at the St. Petersburg and Moscow Conservatories; the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba; the American University of Rome, Italy; and at numerous institutions in the U.S., including Emory University, Furman University, the University of Georgia, Northwestern University, and others.

He has twice hosted the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast at The University of Alabama and served as a judge at the National Trumpet Competition since 2009. He was awarded the Best Cornet Player of the 2006 U.S. Open Brass Band Championships; toured with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band of Kansas City, MO; and served two years as Principal Solo Cornet of the Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights, IL.

Before his appointment at The University of Alabama in 2007, Dr. Yates was an active performer in the Chicago area as principal trumpet of the Northbrook Symphony, co-principal trumpet of the Chicago Brass Choir, and a faculty member of the Lake Forest College Department of Music and Wright City College Department of Fine Arts in Chicago.

His performance career has included engagements with numerous professional orchestras in the United States, including the Alabama (Birmingham) Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the South Bend Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony.

Dr. Yates’s trumpet performance skills and experience encompass all aspects of classical trumpet and cornet playing, from modern symphonic, chamber, and solo work to authentic period performance on historic natural trumpets.

He earned his Doctor of Music degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, and his principal teachers include Charles Geyer, Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz, and Gary Armstrong.

In addition to his teaching duties at The University of Alabama, Dr. Yates also serves as chair of the performance pivision at the UA School of Music and director of the Alabama Brass Choir. He is a Courtois Performing Artist.