2021/22 Hartt Trumpet Studio

Graduate Students:

Undergraduate Students:

From Newington, CT, Robert S. Ciaffaglione is thrilled to be at The Hartt School for his final year as a Trumpet Performance and Music Education major. In addition to playing with various ensembles at The Hartt School, Robert is an active trumpet player, teacher, and keyboardist throughout the state of Connecticut, often playing in pit orchestras, churches, and classic rock bands. Robert also works alongside David Zoni and Jonathan Ball as an Assistant Brass Technician at The Music Lab, LLC.  Throughout High School, as a student of David “Booch” Negri, Robert regularly performed in various groups with Newington High School, The Hartt School Community Division, and the Connecticut Music Educators Association, also having performed with the 2015 All-National Concert Band in Nashville, TN. Recreationally, Rob loves to bike, run, and skateboard.

Dylan Prothro is a Southern California native currently studying for his Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance with Professor Phil Snedecor. Prior to studying at the Hartt School, Dylan completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach. During that time, he studied with Rob Frear, Ryan Darke, and Jennifer Marotta. In his free time, Dylan enjoys composing and arranging music, songwriting, and hiking.

Lauren Holtshouser is the Trumpet Studio Assistant and a first-year Master’s student at The Hartt School studying trumpet performance. She is from Raleigh, North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelors in Music Performance and a Bachelors in Media Communications.

While at Chapel Hill, she was Principal trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, and the Final Five Brass Quintet. She has premiered works with these groups, including award winning film composer Christian Kolo’s “River Runs Silver” at CBDNA.

Lauren has studied and performed a wide range of music from large and chamber ensembles to pit orchestras to British style brass bands. In 2016 and 2017 she was Principal Cornet and a featured soloist in the Watson Brass Band, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also led this group as Principal to the National American Brass Band Association Competition in Indiana, where they placed 2nd in the collegiate division. The next year she was a member of the Watson Brass Band Quintet and won the young brass chamber ensemble division at NABBA in 2017. She has had various private instructors including Lisa Burn, James Ketch, and Tim Hudson. In her free time she loves playing disc golf and being with her dog Bailey.

Mark Murphy is a freshman Trumpet Performance major from Budd Lake, New Jersey. While in High School, he attended the North Jersey Area and Region Bands, as well as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra's Academy Orchestra (coached by Garth Greenup), the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival in 2018 (studied with John Aley, Marc Reese, and Vincent DiMartino), and the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where he studied with Raymond Mase for three years. 

Mark enjoys playing and listening to a wide array of musical styles, but he loves orchestral playing most of all. Outside of music, he loves fantasy books, movies, and video games.

Phaelon Koski is a junior music education major. He has been taking private lessons since he was in eighth grade and attended the Oberlin Summer Trumpet Workshop in 2018 where he took lessons with Roy Poper and the Rotterdam Philharmonic's Assistant Principal Trumpet player Arto Hoornweg. In 2019 he had the privilege of performing in Boston Symphony Hall as a part of the MMEA All-State Festival. His principal musical interests lie in academia as he is also pursuing a minor in music theory with hopes to obtain master's degrees in both music theory and conducting. Aside from music, Phaelon has been an avid rock climber for 5 years, a former sprinter/hurdler for the UHart track team, and enjoys aimlessly wandering around in the woods possibly more than anything else in life.

Steffi Tetzloff is a second year Master’s student at The Hartt School, where she studies Trumpet Performance under the tutelage of Phil Snedecor.

Steffi is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned a BM in Instrumental Performance and a BS in Economics. While at OSU she participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Bullet Brass Quintet, and OSU Trumpet Ensemble. As a member of the OSU Trumpet Ensemble, she competed in the Large Ensemble Division of the National Trumpet Competition, winning first place in 2018 and second place in 2019, and in the IWBC Ginger Turner Ensemble Competition, winning second place in 2019. As a soloist she won an ITG Conference Scholarship in 2017 and 2018. She was also selected for the inaugural 2021 IWBC Mentorship Program.

In past summers Steffi has attended numerous music festivals including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Trumpet Workshop, Brevard Music Institute, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Bay View Music Festival, and Mostly Modern Festival.

Steffi is grateful to have also studied with Ashley Hall, Dr. Marty Hodel, Dr. Ryan Gardner, Dr. Joe Cooper, and Bob Dorer.

 Alan Tucker is a freshman Music Production and Technology major at the Hartt School with a focus on trumpet performance. He is from Ellicott City, Maryland where he studied with Brent Flinchbaugh. During high school he participated in many ensembles outside of school. These include the Peabody Youth Wind Ensemble (10th, 11th, and 12th grade), the Maryland Senior All State Band (10th grade), the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra (11th and 12th grade), and the Howard County GT Jazz Band (11th grade). During the summer before his senior year of high school, he took an online mixing and mastering class through Syracuse University. Ever since then, producing and recording music was the only thing he could see himself doing. In Alan’s free time, he practices trumpet of course, but some of his favorite hobbies include going on walking trails or hiking, watching movies (mostly science fiction), and hanging out with friends.

Jack MacDonald is a junior trumpet performance major studying under Phil Snedecor.

In high school, he studied under Peter Roe and won numerous outstanding musicianship/judges’ choice awards at local, regional, and national jazz festivals for his solos and lead work from jazz greats such as Jon Faddis, Steve Davis, and Justin DiCioccio. Outside of high school, Jack was a member of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. 

At Hartt, Jack has been a member of the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the Hartt Wind Symphony, The Jackie Mclean Institute Big Band, and the Pit Orchestra. In addition, he has performed in masterclasses for trumpet greats such as Scott Moore, Joe Burgstaller, Vincent DiMartino, and Mark Gould. Outside of school, Jack plays in many diverse settings such as in churches and local bands and teaches as well. In his free time, Jack enjoys listening to musical theater, arranging, learning different languages, and chess

William (Liam) Shugrue is in his second year of study under Prof. Phil Snedecor in the pursuit of a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

From Middletown, CT, he is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at CCSU, he studied under Dr. Dan D’Addio, and performed in the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra (on both Trumpet and Violin), Big Band, Brass Quintet, Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Marching Band. In addition to the university ensembles, he was one of few lucky students selected to perform side by side with the United States Air Force Band.

While in high school, he studied under Larry Gareau. He was lucky enough to perform twice in the CMEA Southern Regional Music Festival, as well as two side by side concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is also a longtime member of the Middletown Symphonic Band, and has performed on multiple occasions with the Wesleyan University Orchestra.

In addition to his performance endeavors, he teaches trumpet for Middlesex Music Academy, violin for Middletown Public Schools’ Elizabeth Swain Strings Program, and is a brass technician for the Middletown High School Marching Band.

Margie Jarsulic is a second year undergrad studying Music Education. She is from Baden, PA. She has previously studied with Michael Dingfelder, second euphonium of the River City Brass Band as well as David Anderson of the Pittsburgh Opera.

Zach Stowe-Alekman is a freshman trumpet performance and composition major from Belchertown, Massachusetts. He started studying the trumpet at the age of eleven with Sheldon Ross, and was heavily involved in his local music program throughout high school. He has also participated in the Massachusetts All-State festival, played with the Williams College Wind Ensemble, and attended Boston Conservatory’s High School Composition Intensive. More recently, Zach was a member of the Hartt Preparatory Academy, and studied with John Thomas of the Hartford Symphony. As a composer, Zach is inspired by film scores and programmatic music, and always aims to tell a story through the music he writes.