Frank Hanson has performed as principal trumpet of the WCO for 25 years
Frank Hanson is also Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he teaches trumpet, conducts the UW-W Brass Choir and Trumpet Ensemble, performs with the Whitewater (faculty) Brass Quintet, and teaches courses in brass literature and pedagogy. Frank and his wife, WCO principal hornist Linda Kimball, and their two sons reside near Whitewater in their century-old farmhouse. In his free time Frank enjoys road cycling, mountain biking, and travel with his family.
In addition to performing with the WCO and teaching at the university, Dr. Hanson is active as a performer in solo recitals and chamber music concerts, professional orchestral performances, and as a clinician. Frank is also a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Whitewater Brass Quintet. He has appeared as a soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in works by Barber (Capricorn Concerto), Copland (Quiet City), Haydn (Concerto in Eb Major), Sallinen (Sunrise Serenade), Shostakovich (Concerto for Trumpet, Piano and Strings), Handel ("Let the Bright Seraphim," with soprano Kathleen Battle), Torelli (Sinfonia con Tromba), Tartini (Concerto in D Major), and Vivaldi (Concerto in C for Two Trumpets and Orchestra).
Frank has performed often on International Trumpet Guild Conference programs in the United States, Scandinavia, and Europe, and served as principal trumpet of the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria. Before coming to Wisconsin, he performed with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestras in Ohio, and taught at Denison University and Otterbein College. Dr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from the University of Akron, and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance and Literature from The Ohio State University.