Graduate Students

Doctoral Students

Steve's Better HeadshotSteve Felix is a second-year doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Master’s degree in Trumpet Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Trumpet Performance and Music Education. As a soloist, Steve has performed in numerous competitions at both the national and international level. Most recently, Steve was awarded first place in the Graduate Division of the 2015 National Trumpet Competition, performing the fourth movement of Anthony Plog’s Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet & Orchestra.  In 2011, he was awarded second place in the Undergraduate Solo Division of the National Trumpet Competition. He has also been the recipient of numerous scholarships from the International Trumpet Guild from 2008 to 2010. 

Steve considers himself to be a passionate and devoted educator. He has taught trumpet students of all ages and skill levels for the past 7 years. In 2012, Steve served as a teacher at the prestigious Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. An active clinician as well, Steve designed a “Basics in Brass” program that offers a simple and efficient approach to playing a brass instrument.

In the summer of 2011, Steve attended the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale, a two-week long seminar where he had the privilege of studying with some of the world’s most renowned trumpet soloists. Steve is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia as well as serving as president of the Pioneer Valley Trumpet Guild.

Steve is the current doctoral teaching assistant of the Eastman Trumpet Studio, and also serves as the classical trumpet intern for the Eastman Community Music School. 

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CV 2015Erika Izaguirre is a second-year DMA student at Eastman school of Music where she studies with Professor Thompson. Prior to beginning her studies at Eastman, Erika received her Masters of Music at Baylor University under the guidance of Wiff Rudd and Mark Schubert. During her time at Baylor, Erika was a member of a trumpet ensemble that won first prize in 2013 and third prize in 2014 at the National Trumpet Competition. She also has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Ray Sasaki. As a soloist, she has participated in several competitions and has attended Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar.






Symphoria Feb '15Ethan Urtz is a second-year doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music.  Ethan received his bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and his master’s degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.  A native of Syracuse, he has performed extensively throughout Central New York with groups such as Symphoria (the successor organization to the Syracuse Symphony), the Cayuga Chamber
Orchestra, and at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.







Mustafa Arda Cabaoğlu (b.1982) is a Turkish trumpeter and doctoral candidate at Eastman School of Music, James Thompson’s trumpet studio.

Before Eastman, he has studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul State Conservatory, and Istanbul Technical University Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), in Turkey. During his doctoral study period at Eastman since 2008, he has also had a three-year of leave to study at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden between 2010-2013. He is a Borusan Music Scholarship fellow.

He has won awards such as Grand Valley State University Trumpet Seminar, Solo Trumpet Competition, 2nd Prize Winner (No 1st prize awarded) in 2008; National Trumpet Competition, 1st Prize Winner, Ankara, Turkey, 2005; Lions European Music Prize for Trumpet, (Turkish National Winner) 2005; Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship Award for Brass Instruments, Istanbul Turkey, 2003; Turkish Culture Ministry National Trumpet Competition, 2nd Prize Winner 2000;
and Turkish Culture Ministry National Chamber Music Competition, Honorable Mention Award Winner 2000, Çorum, Turkey.

His primary trumpet and music teachers have been James Thompson (Rochester, NY), Håkan Hardenberger, Bo Nilsson and Olle Sjöberg (Malmö, Sweden), Erden Bilgen (Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey).

Until now, he has actively attended masterclasses and had lessons with over 35 famous trumpet soloists in the world. Some of them are Maurice André, Thomas Stevens, Tristram Williams, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Fred Mills, Muvaffak “Maffy” Fallay, Paul Dorsam, Vincent DiMartino, Marcus Stockhausen, Gabriele Cassone, Reinhold Friedrich, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould,… Other than modern trumpet studies, he had baroque trumpet lessons with Dr.Edward Tarr in Rheinfelden, Germany; and from Leif Bengtsson and Pierre Thorvald in Sweden.

He has served as the teaching assistant of James Thompson for the primary brass ensemble Eastman Brass Guild at Eastman School of Music between 2008-2010. He has been a trumpet instructor of secondary trumpet class since fall 2013.

He has appeared as soloist with Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Izmir State Symphony, Orchestra Academic Başkent, and Antalya State Symphony. Other than his recent primary ensembles Eastman Wind Ensemble, Brass Guild, and Philharmonia, as ensemble player, he has performed with Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Trumpet Ensemble(Sweden), MIAM Modern Music Ensemble (Istanbul). He is also a member of European Brass Ensemble based in Stift Melk, Austria. 

He has premiered works by Erden Bilgen, Turgut Erçetin, Dave Headlam, Recep Gül, Kamran Ince, Tonia Ko, Leif Segerstam, Daniel Pesca, David Riebe, and many others. He is actively working with composers to push boundries and develop new compositions possible the trumpet. He had performances in 4 continents in countries Turkey, USA, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Kazakistan, and Kırgızistan.


Masters Students

Jared's Eastman Studio PicJared Wallis is a second-year Masters student and the Baroque Trumpet teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music. A native of Talala, Oklahoma, he graduated with the highest honors from the University of Kentucky where he studied with Jason Dovel.

As a student, Jared has performed on both modern and natural trumpets at the International Trumpet Guild conference. He was also selected to present his research Period Performance Practice on the Baroque Trumpet at the 2014 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Jared has made multiple appearances in the semifinals of the National Trumpet Competition both as a soloist and in ensembles. In 2014 his quintet was awarded second prize in the ensemble division.

In his summers Jared has attended the Natural Trumpet Building Workshop in Bloomington and the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver. He has spent numerous summers as a counselor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he performs regularly with the Festival Band, Festival Orchestra, and Staff Brass Quintet.