Ross Turner

A photo of Ross Turner

Lecturer of Trumpet


325 Alexander



As principal trumpet of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Ross Turner has years of experience in a wide variety of orchestral repertoire, and has been featured many times as a soloist. Currently very active as a musician in both the classical and commercial realms, he keeps a busy schedule as a performer and teacher. He has performed with Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit Chamber Winds, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Orchestra London, Thunder Bay Symphony, Regina Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, River Raisin Ragtime Revue, Bijou Orchestra and many chamber ensembles. Mr. Turner also has extensive big band experience, has played in rock and Latin bands, and has worked with such artists as Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Mannheim Steamroller, Celtic Woman, David Foster, Petula Clark, Marie Osmond, Barry Manilow and many more. He has played 1st trumpet in numerous shows in Toronto, including Wicked, Miss Saigon, Cats, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, My Fair Lady and more, and has been on extensive tours of North America and Asia with The King & I, Chicago and The Sound of Music. Mr. Turner has also performed in Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Ragtime, West Side Story, in several shows at the Shaw Festival, and in Starlight Express in London's West End.

Having completed his master's degree at Michigan State University with Richard Illman, studying performance, pedagogy and baroque trumpet, he is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in performance with Justin Emerich. He studied with Louis Ranger at the University of Victoria while earning his bachelor's degree in music history. He also studied with Willem van der Vliet at the Utrechts Conservatorium in The Netherlands, Butch Hudson in London, England, earned a Performance Diploma with Don Johnson at Humber College in Toronto and completed the Orchestral Training Program through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has held teaching positions at the University of Windsor and the Regina Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Turner brings extensive and diverse performing experience to his teaching. In addition to fundamentals and pedagogy, emphasis is placed on expression, interpretation through performance practice and applied theory, and developing confidence in performance.

He maintains an active interest in modern works for brass, and in baroque trumpet performance.

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  • MM, Trumpet Performance, Michigan State University
  • BMus, Music History, University of Victoria, B.C.
  • Diploma in Music, Humber College, Toronto, ON