Hailed by the Denver Post for his “casual virtuosity and crystal clear tone,” and the New Jersey Star-Ledger simply as “smashing,” trumpeter Joshua MacCluer is in his fifth season with the St. Louis Symphony. Prior to his appointment, he served as Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Symphony for two seasons. Mr. MacCluer also held the position of Acting Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony for one season, and has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Florida West Coast Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. He has performed as guest principal with the San Francisco Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, the Singapore Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the Florida Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and Eastern Music Festival. He also has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Brass Quintet on numerous occasions, and has played three times in recital live on Classic 99, KFUO-FM in St Louis. He has also been a member of the Florida Brass Quintet and Detroit Chamber Winds.
Mr. MacCluer is a third generation musician, his grandfather having been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra bass section and his father a jazz bassist and bluegrass fiddler. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Mr. MacCluer studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with William Lucas and was a faculty member of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina for three years. In his free time, Joshua MacCluer is also an avid jazz musician, rock climber, and mountaineer.