ITG Awards

The 46th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk • San Antonio, Texas


Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” David Bilger has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony. 

As a soloist Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include recent 2013 performances of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, a 2008 United States premiere of Herbert Willi’s Eirene for trumpet and orchestra; the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities.

Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He also released a recording of electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and in the fall of 2018 he will be joining the faculty of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He has formerly been affiliated with the University of Georgia, Swarthmore College, Catholic University, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Hamamatsu International Festival and Academy, the Pacific Music Festival the National Orchestral Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

David Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist.


Carole Dawn Reinhart is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding trumpet soloists, acclaimed not only for her technical ability, but also for tone quality and interpretation.

Miss Reinhart was born in Roselle, New Jersey on Dec. 20th, 1941, a Christmas carol born at dawn. It was only natural that her mother, who played trombone, should begin teaching her daughter on the slide cornet at the tender age of two and a half. By the time Carole was 7, she was playing duets in concert with her older brother, who was an accomplished trumpeter.

At age 10, she received a scholarship to study with Edward Treutel at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. As well as being first chair in New Jersey All-State Band and Orchestra during high school, she was chosen as a soloist for the Juilliard Preparatory Division graduation concert.

At age 16, she was commissioned as the youngest and only woman bandmaster in the Salvation Army. Her first international appearance was as guest soloist and conductor at a youth congress in Toronto, Canada.

After graduating from high school, she received a symphony orchestra scholarship to the University of Miami, where she worked under Fabian Sevitzky and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Representing her university in a competition combining beauty and brains, Carole became the “1960 National College Queen”.

A Fulbright scholarship took her to study with Helmut Wobisch in Vienna, Austria, where she was the first woman on a brass instrument to achieve the coveted “Reifezeugnis” with honors at the Academy of Music.

Carole then returned to New York to complete her education at the Juilliard School of Music. She was first trumpet in the Juilliard Orchestra under Jean Morel, and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Science degrees.

Along with playing in the orchestra at Radio City Music Hall and in Leopold Stokowski’s American Symphony Orchestra, Carole continued her solo appearances with high school and college bands and various orchestras, including the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City under the direction of Maurice Abravanel. She also did numerous TV shows including the “Tonight Show”, the “Mike Douglas Show” and several Al Hirt “Fanfare” shows, where in addition to her solos, she played duets with Al Hirt.

In 1971, Carole moved to Berlin, Germany where she did studio work, filled in as first trumpeter at the “Deutsche Oper”, and continued her solo performances on television and with symphony and chamber orchestras. She made records for Deutsche Grammophon and BASF with the Munich Philharmonic, German Bach Soloists, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra and Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra, along with numerous radio recordings. Her concert tours have taken her throughout Europe, the Orient, Middle East, Africa, naturally the United States and Canada, and Australia, where she played Haydn’s “Concerto” with the Australian Symphony in Melbourne at a live-telecast open air concert with an audience of over 100,000 in a natural amphitheater. Other special concerts included one at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece where Marie José, the last Queen of Italy, was in attendance, and a charity concert hosted at Castle Hohenzollern in Germany by Prince Louis Ferdinand, the grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm.

In 1983, Carole was offered a professorship at the prestigious University of Music in Vienna, Austria. From October 1996 until October 1998, she served as Head of the Department of Winds and Percussion Instruments.

In 1994, the Vienna University Press published the book, “Carole Dawn REINHART” – Aspects of a Career”. An updated version of that book by Dr. Elena Ostleitner and Ursula Simek was recently released in 2002.

Although Carole ended her solo concert performances in 1996, she continues to be active teaching her 24 students at the university, giving master classes around the world, and as a juror for solo competitions. Her desire is to inspire and encourage young people in fulfilling their dreams as she has been blessed in more than fulfilling her own.


Wiff Rudd is a native Texan from San Antonio and now lives in Woodway, Texas, with his wife, Jeanette.

In addition to Side by Side (2020), Wiff authored Collaborative Practice Concepts (2013), made possible by a grant when he was named the 2010 Centennial Professor at Baylor. He was received the Outstanding Teaching Award the same year.

Wiff joined the faculty of Baylor University’s School of Music in 2002 as Professor of Trumpet and Brass Division Coordinator. His students have participated in competitions hosted by the International Trumpet Guild and the National Trumpet Competition for many years with finalists and prize winners in numerous solo, mock audition, and ensemble divisions. Former students of his may be found studying in notable graduate schools, teaching in public schools throughout Texas, in various symphony orchestras across the country, and in premier and regional military bands.

Wiff is a founding member and manager of Rhythm & Brass, plays with the Baylor Brass, and is principal trumpet of the Waco Symphony. He performs often with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, and Harrisburg (PA) as well as other orchestras throughout Texas. An active soloist, he enjoys collaborating with orchestra and bands.

Wiff received music degrees from Baylor University (BME) and the University of Northern Colorado (MM). His primary mentors include Ron Fox, William Pfund, and the late Michael Ewald and Larry Skinner.

Wiff has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1986. You can find out more about him at

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