2020/21 Hartt Trumpet Studio

Graduate Students:

Undergraduate Students:

From Newington, CT, Robert S. Ciaffaglione is thrilled to be at The Hartt School for his fourth year as a Trumpet Performance and Music Education major. In addition to playing with various ensembles at The Hartt School, Robert is an active trumpet player, teacher, and keyboardist throughout the state of Connecticut, often playing in pit orchestras, churches, and classic rock bands. Robert also works alongside David Zoni and Jonathan Ball as an Assistant Brass Technician at The Music Lab, LLC.  Throughout High School, as a student of David “Booch” Negri, Robert regularly performed in various groups with Newington High School, The Hartt School Community Division, and the Connecticut Music Educators Association, also having performed with the 2015 All-National Concert Band in Nashville, TN. Recreationally, Rob loves to bike, run, and skateboard.

Herman Makosky is a senior from Carlisle, Pennsylvania pursuing a degree in trumpet performance.  He spent his first two years at the Peabody Conservatory studying under Josef Burgstaller.  While at Peabody, Herman performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Studio Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Modern Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, and Conductors Orchestra.  He also participated in the chamber music program, forming the Brass 90 Quintet.  Herman was the “anchorman” on the Monday Morning Warm Up Show. 

Herman has attended the National Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Eastman School of Music Trumpet Institute.  At Sewanee, he studied under Peter Bond. He was a five-year member of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra and participated in the all-state band and orchestra. He was a semi-finalist in the National Trumpet Competition high school division.  

Of all the musical opportunities in which Herman has been involved, perhaps the most memorable for him is his Eagle Scout Service project, which allowed him to create and organize a youth chamber ensemble program, now managed by the Harrisburg Symphony.  When not playing trumpet, Herman loves to fly fish, tie flies, run, and kayak.

Peyton Johnson is currently a Second Year Master’s student at The Hartt School studying under Professor Phil Snedecor!

Peyton is from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and began learning the trumpet at the age of 11. He then went on to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School For the Arts and Humanities where he studied with Dr. Gary Malvern of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Furman University.

He completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music studying under James Thompson, retired principal trumpet of the Montreal and Atlanta Symphonies.During his time at The Eastman School of Music, he performed with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Orchestra, and the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble. He also attended the Eastern Music Festival in the summer of 2016 working under the baton of Maestro Gerard Schwarz. Peyton has also recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra.

After completing his Master’s Degree he plans on pursuing a performing fellowship or beginning his Doctorate in Trumpet Performance. He plans to be a Trumpet and Brass educator at the college level while maintaining an active performing career in as many musical genres as possible!

William D. Roach is from Columbia, SC and is pursuing his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at The Hartt School, studying with Phil Snedecor. William completed his Bachelor of Arts with Concentration in Instrumental Performance at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) in Joplin, MO. At MSSU William performed with the WInd Ensemble, the Southern Symphony Orchestra, and the Lion Pride Marching Band. He also performed throughout the Four States with the Heartland Opera Company, MSSU Trumpet Ensembles, and with Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School on numerous musical theater productions. He was a semi-finalist in the large ensemble division of the National Trumpet Competition, and in 2017 he was the winner of the Concerto/Aria Competition at the Missouri Southern State University. William has been a member of the Gainesville Pops in Gainesville, FL, the Carolina Band (Mighty Sound of the Southeast), and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. His previous primary instructors include Freddie Green, Gary Langford, David Alison, and Jason Ortiz.

Bryce Call is entering his second year as a doctoral student at The Hartt School studying trumpet performance. He has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2016 where he plays lead trumpet with the Guardians Big Band and section trumpet in the Concert and Ceremonial bands. He has been fortunate enough to perform with Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, the Bob Curnow Big Band, the New London Big Band, Joe McCarthy’s Afro Bop Alliance, and the Inter-Service Virtual Jazz Ensemble with the Airmen of Note. Bryce has also shared the stage and recording studio with trumpet greats Jon Faddis, Allen Vizzutti, and Rick Baptist. Born and raised in Brier, WA, a suburb of Seattle, he began playing the trumpet at age 10. In 2014 he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Brigham Young University, and in 2016 he finished a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Idaho. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Eastern Connecticut State University, teaching the trumpet studio and directing the Jazz Ensemble. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and two kids.  .

Ryan Yacos is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance under Phil Snedecor at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Ryan grew up in New Jersey and was principle trumpet of the Bergen Youth Orchestra while studying with William Teubner.  Ryan is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he received double degrees in Trumpet Performance and Audio Engineering and studied with Joe Burgstaller, Phil Snedecor, and David Fedderly.  While at Peabody, Ryan performed in the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Modern Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and the Streetlight Brass Quintet. Ryan has also performed and studied solo literature and chamber music in Vienna, Austria with Rudi Amon (Vienna Opera Orchestra) through the IES Abroad Program.

As an audio recording engineer, Ryan interned at the Newark Radio Co-op at Newark.FM, streaming and recording interviews and performances with artists in the New York Metropolitan area and also interned as a Fellow and Audio Engineer at the Fredericksburg Brass Festival.

Phaelon Koski is a sophomore Music Education major at the Hartt school. While in high school he played in several regional honor bands, including the MMEA All-State Festival in 2019. He attended the Oberlin Summer Trumpet Workshop in 2018 and worked with Roy Poper and Arto Hoornweg of the Rotterdam Philharmonic. While his own goals are centered around teaching, he is always finding ways to better his own playing. Outside of playing trumpet, he is an avid rock climber, and is also a sprinter/hurdler for the track team at the University of Hartford. 

Steffi Tetzloff is a first year Master’s student at The Hartt School, where she studies Trumpet Performance under the tutelage of Phil Snedecor.

Steffi is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned a BM in Instrumental Performance and a BS in Economics. While at OSU she participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Bullet Brass Quintet, and OSU Trumpet Ensemble. As a member of the OSU Trumpet Ensemble, she competed in the Large Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition, winning first place in 2018 and second place in 2019, and in the IWBC Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition, winning second place in 2019. As a soloist she won an ITG Conference Scholarship in 2017 and 2018.

In past summers Steffi has attended numerous music festivals including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Trumpet Workshop, Brevard Music Institute, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Bay View Music Festival, and Mostly Modern Festival. She also has developed a passion for arranging for trumpet ensemble and brass quintet.

 Steffi is grateful to have also studied with Ashley Hall, Dr. Marty Hodel, Dr. Ryan Gardner, Dr. Joe Cooper, and Bob Dorer.

   John P Johnson is a burgeoning trumpet player who is excited to be a first year Master's Student at the Hartt School of Music! Mr. Johnson has had the pleasure of enjoying an exciting performance career, and is looking forward to expanding his horizons with his new studio.

   Having received his Bachelor's Degree from Boston University, John Johnson has had the pleasure of studying under a smorgasbord of immensely talented professors, including Mary Thornton, Terry Everson, Robert Sullivan, Robin Pyle, Eric Ruske, and of course Phil Snedecor. John enjoyed a tenure as the Assistant Principal Trumpet of the New England Philharmonic, as well as being Principal Trumpet of the Highfield Philharmonic. He has collaborated with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble as well. On top of his resident seats, Mr. Johnson has also had the honor of subbing with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra on multiple occasions. As a result, John has enjoyed performing in the best halls Boston has to offer, including Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and many more.

   John has a soft spot in his heart for Chamber Music, which he often reflects through performing and arranging music for Brass Quintets. His time with the Sunset Brass in particular brought him much enjoyment as he mastered the highest levels of repertoire for the ensemble, including Plog's "Four Sketches", Bozza's "Sonatine", and more. His work as an arranger constantly improves, and he looks forward to an ever improving anthology of works.

   On top of all of this, John has enjoyed a burgeoning career as a Baroque Trumpet Player, a music educator, and a well rounded musician. He looks forward to the years to come, and he embraces the future beyond with a degree from the Hartt School under his belt!

Jack MacDonald is a sophomore trumpet performance major studying under Phil Snedecor.

In high school, he studied under Peter Roe and won numerous outstanding musicianship/judges’ choice awards at local, regional, and national jazz festivals for his solos and lead work from jazz greats such as Jon Faddis, Steve Davis, and Justin DiCioccio. Outside of high school, Jack was a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. 

At Hartt, Jack participates in the wind ensemble, big band, and trumpet ensemble. He also had the pleasure to participate in lessons and masterclasses by trumpet superstars such as Mark Gould and Vincent DiMartino. When he isn’t playing trumpet, Jack enjoys learning new things and trying new kinds of food.