Marissa Benedict is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Before leaving for Minnesota she was a freelance trumpet player in Los Angeles for 34 years. She is currently principal trumpet for The Pasadena Symphony/Pasadena Pops and plays regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale.
She recently performed and recorded Mahler’s 8th symphony in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Mahler Project, played for Charles Lazarus’ CD Merrier and Brighter (2022), Jack Stamp’s Chamber Music Volume 1 (released in July 2023), and The Los Angeles Trumpet Ensemble’s Homage (release: August 2023), featuring eight of the top trumpeters in Los Angeles. She also toured with the L.A. Phil on their “Boston to London” tour (2018), and on Asia and Scotland tours (2019). She played for the 2019 Academy Awards (Oscars®) and recorded Celebrating John Williams with the Los Angeles Phil under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. READ MORE
New digital CD releases
Marissa’s digital CD (July 2023), Continental Drift, consists of music commissioned and composed by Libby Larsen, Jack Stamp, Steven Bramson, Peter Yarde Martin, Peter Lawrence and Aaron Smith for Solo Trumpet with diverse accompaniments. Listen via YouTube, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora or SoundCloud.
Album credits and links to purchase sheet music here.
The Other Side of the Bell
Episode #106, 7/26/23
Marissa Benedict talks with host Preston Shepard in this 1-hour interview. Listen
Beyond Lip Service: A Framework for Brass Fundamentals
Marissa’s first book was released in 2022 by Carl Fischer Publishing. This book brings 40 years of expertise to focus on fundamentals and leading players through daily routines required to attain a high level of performance ability and necessary skills to improve and maintain an efficient practice regimen.
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