Terry Everson

Associate Professor of Music, Trumpet College of Fine Arts

Hailed by the Boston Globe for his “dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges,” and in the Boston Musical Intelligencer for “virtuosity and musicality that was simply stunning,” trumpeter Terry Everson is an internationally renowned soloist, educator, composer/arranger, conductor, and church musician. He first gained international attention in 1988, winning (on consecutive days) both the Baroque/Classical and 20th Century categories of the inaugural Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, with further success as First Prize laureate of the 1990 Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. Mr. Everson has premiered major works by composers Richard Cornell, John Davison, Stanley Friedman, Jan Krzywicki, Elena Roussanova-Lucas, and Gary Ziek. His collaboration with pianist Susan Nowicki has produced two complete recordings of numerous notable modern works, as well as single entries on two discs devoted to the works of Davison and Krzywicki; he has also recorded as soloist with the New England Brass Band, the Lexington Brass Band and the Eastern Wind Symphony.

In September 1999, Mr. Everson joined the faculty of the Boston University College of Fine Arts and Tanglewood Institute; he has also served on the faculties of Asbury College, the University of Kentucky, Philadelphia College of Bible, the Las Vegas Music Festival, and the Lutheran Music Program. He is currently Principal Trumpet of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI, and Soprano Cornetist of the Brass Band of Battle Creek. He appears frequently as a recitalist and clinician, and as soloist with orchestras, wind ensembles and brass bands. His extensive concert experience also includes appearances in the Boston Symphony and Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Chestnut Brass Company, Philadelphia Natural Trumpet Ensemble, Lexington Philharmonic, Lexington Brass Band, Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and as conductor of the Costa Rica National Symphony Brass & Percussion and the Boston University & University of Kentucky Trumpet Ensembles in various venues, including three international brass conferences.

Mr. Everson has been an active church musician for more than two decades; he was Minister of Music at True Light Community Ministries in inner-city Philadelphia, and held the same position at Family Worship Center in Lexington. From 2003 to 2005 he was Worship Pastor at Metro Church in Marlborough, MA; he and his wife, Lori, are currently elders and members of the Worship Team.

As composer, Mr. Everson has filled commissions from Wizards! double reed ensemble, the Texas Tech Trombone Choir, the Lutheran Music Program (brass quintet), and Messiah College and the Philadelphia College of Bible (trumpet ensembles). His setting of W. L. Thompson’s There’s a Great Day Coming has been recorded by Philip Smith (Principal Trumpet, New York Philharmonic) on the Cala label’s New York Legends series. More recently, the BU Trumpet Ensemble’s performance of his arrangement of the Finale of Felix Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony at the 2007 ITG Conference received an enthusiastic standing ovation.

While earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance from the Ohio State University, Mr. Everson studied with Richard Burkart; lessons with Frank Kaderabek followed over the next few years. Mr. Everson is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society.

Mr. Everson is on the Executive Committee of the National Trumpet Competition, the Board of Directors of Metro Church, is an Honorary Member of the New England Brass Band, and is a Life Member of the International Trumpet Guild, having served as Host for the Guild’s 1998 Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. He has published articles in the ITG Journal on preparation for solo competitions and memorization, and for six years was the journal’s Music Notation Specialist. In 2008, he hosted the Ellsworth Smith Competition at Boston University.