Curriculum Vitae - Dr. Leah Schuman



Associate Professor of Trumpet and     

Executive Director of One City  

VanderCook College of Music

Chicago, Illinois

2002 – present

(Associate Professor, 2010 - present,

Assistant Professor, 2005-2010,

Adjunct Instructor, 2002 – 2005,

Audition Coordinator, 2011 – 2013,

Executive Director of One City, 2018 - )


Collegiate duties include teaching applied trumpet and the undergraduate and graduate levels, actively recruiting students to the trumpet studio, teaching High Brass Techniques, Brass Methods, Music Fundamentals and Music Materials, coaching and conducting brass ensembles, administering comprehensive examinations, student teacher supervision, and serving on committees as needed.  One City duties include fund raising, budgeting, coordinating with the artistic director, enrollment, instrument inventory and logistics, and gaining exposure and recognition for the program.  One City is an instrumental jazz program for fifth through eighth graders from the underserved communities of Bronzeville and Englewood.





D.M.A. in Trumpet Performance and Literature

Eastman School of Music

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

Areas of Emphasis: Symphonic Writing of  Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin’s Cosmology, Creating Repertoire for the Trumpet


M.M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature

Eastman School of Music

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

Areas of Emphasis: Trumpet Techniques and Methods, applied trumpet


Graduate Performance Certificate, Trumpet

St. Petersburg State Conservatory

St. Petersburg, Russia

Studies with Veniamin Sovelievich Margolin, former solo trumpet of the Leningrad Philharmonic


B.M. in Trumpet Performance

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Secondary Area of Emphasis: Russian Language and Literature



Performances in the Chicago area include a live performance on WFMT (May 2018) of chamber music by Bernstein, appearances with Celtic Thunder, the Illinois Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the VanderCook faculty recitals, Merit Chamber Players, and the Merit Faculty Brass Quintet.


Fall 2018 performances and clinics:


September 2018          First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, brass quartet


September 2018          ILMEA Trumpet Masterclasses, VanderCook College of Music


October 2018              Clinic at Shepard Middle School, Deerfield Illinois


October 2018              Clinic and Kipling Middle School, Deerfield Illinois


October 2018              Clinic at Marquardt Middle School, Glendale Heights, Illinois


November 2018          Solo performance with the Joliet Central High School Band


December 2018           Handel’s Messiah at Riverside Presbyterian Church


Other Recent Performances (spring 2018)


Performance with Paul French at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Melrose Park, IL (April 2018)


Brass Clinician at VanderCook College Band and Orchestra Festival (March 2018)


Brass Adjudication, Conant High School Solo and Ensemble (February 2018)


Brass Adjudication, Palatine High School Solo and Ensemble (February 2018)


Performance with Jim Janossy at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, Chicago, IL  (January 2018)


Brass Clinician, Chicago All-Catholic Honor Band (January 2018)


Performances prior to 2018


Mahler Festival Orchestra, Boulder Colorado, 2002 – 2010


Second Trumpet, St. Petersburg (Russia) State Chamber Orchestra, 1991 – 1993


Founding member, Ensemble Détente, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1991 – 1993


Commercial recordings with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Ossia (music of Steve Reich and Eastman Wind Ensemble Retrospective)


Eastman Wind Ensemble Japan Tour, 1998


Numerous performances with the Eastman Philharmonia, New Eastman Symphony, Musica Nova, Ossia, Eastman Wind Ensemble


Numerous solo and chamber recital performances




“Selecting Beginning Brass Students,” Noteworthy, a publication of the International Women’s Brass Conference, summer 2012.


“Interpreting Shostakovich: The Expressive Capabilities of the Trumpet in Symphony No. 5,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, March 2005.


“The Cichowicz School,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, December 1998.


“Legendary Trumpeters of St. Petersburg,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, December 1996.



Director of the Preparatory Program – Merit School of Music, 2001 – 2003

Duties included

  • managing a faculty of 71 teachers from diverse backgrounds

  • being responsible for a student body of approximately 300 students ranging in age from elementary through high school

  • managing an annual operating budget of approximately $300,000

  • awarding financial aid

  • addressing and mediating concerns among faculty, students, board members, and parents

  • developing and overseeing curriculum

  • collaborating with development staff to coordinate grant proposals and tours for private donors

  • making sure all aspects of the program ran smoothly


Audition Coordinator – VanderCook College of Music, 2011 – 2013

Duties included

  • ensuring that all aspects of the audition process ran smoothly

  • coordinating schedules of approximately 30 faculty members to hear auditions by prospective students

  • managing faculty concerns regarding the admissions and audition processes

  • acting as a liaison between the admissions staff and the applied teaching faculty

  • recruiting students for the trumpet studio

© 2018 by Leah Schuman

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