Dr. Richard Roper, trumpet, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, and the University of Maryland. As a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar, he spent a year studying and performing in Paris. Committed to arts education, Richard serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, and College of San Mateo. In addition, he has held previous positions on the music faculties of the University of Maine and California State University Stanislaus. He currently serves as the Director of the El Camino Wind Orchestra.
Richard has performed with many Northern California ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Symphony, Lamplighters, Monterey Symphony, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Oakland Symphony, and others. He is also a member of the Monteverdi Brass Quintet, a new ensemble dedicated to performing early music on modern instruments. His arrangements and editions of early music for brass are available through Charles Colin, Cherry Music, and BVD Press. In addition, Richard has studied and performed at the Aspen Music festival, the Music Academy of the West, the Norfolk Chamber Music festival, and the Mendocino Music Festival. His major teachers include Chris Gekker, Allan Dean, Mario Guarneri, Antoine Curé, and Raymond Mase.