Rich Clymer


Richard Clymer did his undergraduate studies at Hartt College of Music and graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. His trumpet teachers include William Babcock, Chicago Symphony; Ronald Kutik, Hartford Symphony; Mel Broiles, Metropolitan Opera; and Alan Dean, NY Brass Quintet.

Since arriving in New York in 1979 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, Richard Clymer has led a most varied musical career. As a freelance trumpet artist, he has appeared New York’s finest orchestras such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart, New York Chamber Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Little Orchestra Society, New York Pops, and the Westchester Philharmonic. Additionally, he has worked with visiting orchestras like the Swedish Radio Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, La Scalla Ballet and Korean National Ballet. An in-demand freelancer on Broadway as well, Mr. Clymer has worked on more than 10 productions, playing 50 to 75 shows annually.

A keen interest in early music led Mr. Clymer to the study of the cornetto. He has performed as a freelance artist in countless concerts throughout the world with such renowned groups as Artek, Ensemble for Early Music, Musica Sacra and he was invited to join the New York Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble as an associate member.

Mr. Clymer has been very active in New York’s contemporary music scene. As the SEM Ensemble’s principal trumpet he has appeared as soloist, recorded and traveled the world, working with composers such as Peter Kotik, Earl Brown, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros and David Tutor to name just a few. Since the mid – 90’s Mr. Clymer has been working with Newband, performing the microtonal works of composer and director Dean Drummond. He has worked extensively with minimalist composer LaMonte Young, recording, doing radio broadcasts and playing concerts here and abroad. He has worked with acclaimed composer Ben Neil, performing on Ben’s own creation, the Mutantrumpet. Mr. Clymer was also a member of the seven piece Eric Hawkins Dance Theater Orchestra performing the works of celebrated composers Lucia Dlugoszewski, Lou Harrison, Virgil Thompson, Alan Hovaness and Dorrance Stalvey to name but a few.

Prior to joining New York Chamber Brass, Mr. Clymer was very active as a brass chamber musician. He is a former member of the Eastern Brass Quintet, recording and playing recitals throughout the US. A long time member of New York Symphonic Brass Ensemble, he can be heard on their newly released CD, “Fish Church Noel”. He has also appeared with Saturday Brass, New York Big Brass and is formerly the Eb cornetist with the Gramercy British Brass.

Mr. Clymer is currently principal trumpet with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra more than a dozen times. He is also a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra New England, and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in New York, and regularly plays more than 100 concerts annually with these fine ensembles.

Mr. Clymer is the Professor of Trumpet at Western Connecticut State University and also on the faculty of Purchase College, State University of New York.

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