"I think of music as a universal language. It inspires us to create. It is an endless journey of past stories and future memories. In order to be truly immersed in music, all different types of music from around the world must be considered and embraced."
About The Teacher
Griffith Gentilcore is an accomplished trumpet performer with a passion for working with students of all abilities. Griffith has a Masters of Music, as well as an Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Trumpet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Griffith also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, cum laude, from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, cum laude, with a Jazz Emphasis. He studied trumpet performance with Jack Sutte, second trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jack Brndiar, former lecturer in trumpet at Baldwin Wallace University, George Vosburgh, former principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Neal Berntsen, second trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Griffith has taught students of all levels and engaged with them on understanding the meaning of the music they are playing as a means to strengthen their needed commitment to the technique as well as the art of their performance. His teaching philosophy: “I think of music as a universal language. It inspires us to create. It is an endless journey of past stories and future memories. In order to be truly immersed in music, all different types of music from around the world must be considered and embraced. When performing, we all must learn from the history and the theory of the piece and study the score to fulfill what the composer intended the music to portray. Much like theater and film, music invites us to play a character, with the instrument as our voice. I help my students to find and strengthen that voice.”
Carnegie Mellon University – Post Graduate Certificate: Trumpet Performance
Carnegie Mellon University – Master’s in Trumpet Performance
Baldwin University – Bachelor’s: Music education, Jazz
Mr. Gentilcore has taken part in many performances, including The Who’s Moving On Tour and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached Tour. While at Baldwin Wallace University, he participated in the Baldwin Wallace University Wind Ensemble Washington D.C. Tour that included performing at the Kennedy Center. Recently, Mr. Gentilcore has also had the great pleasure of attending virtual music festivals and trumpet summer programs that feature many of the greatest minds of music from around the world.