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Jacob Walburn

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Assistant Professor of Trumpet

  • D.M.A., Trumpet Performance, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2011)
  • M.A., Trumpet Performance, The University of Southern Mississippi (2003)
  • B.A., Trumpet Performance, Bowling Green State University (2001)
Jake Walburn joined the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music faculty in the fall of 2017. At SFA, Dr. Jake teaches applied trumpet, trumpet repertoire, trumpet pedagogy, directs the SFA Trumpet Ensemble, and performs as a member of the SFA Faculty Brass Quintet. He also performs regularly with The Jazz Doctors, a jazz combo comprised of members from the SFA School of Music. Prior to his appointment at Stephen F. Austin, Jake taught for 6 years at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, where he was a frequent clinician, adjudicator, and performed as principal trumpet with the Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Walburn holds degrees in trumpet performance from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Todd Davidson; The University of Southern Mississippi, where he studied with Joel Treybig; and The University of Illinois, where he studied with Michael Ewald, Ronald Romm, and Tito Carrillo. Jake’s previous teaching experience includes appointments at Oklahoma State University and The University of Illinois.

While at the University of Illinois, Jake performed extensively with the Illinois Brass Quintet, and was a featured artist and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, having played recitals and given masterclasses at The University of Miami, The University of South Florida, The University of Central Florida, Bowling Green State University, The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas-Austin, Baylor University, and The University of Texas-Arlington. The Illinois Brass Quintet was also featured at the 1st Annual Master Class for Brass in Bornem, Belgium, and at the International Trombone Federation Conference in Warsaw, Poland.

Jake has been featured as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble, the University of Illinois Brass Choir, the Southern Arts Pro Musica, the Valley Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, and most recently, with the Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble, where he performed John Mackey’s Antique Violences for Solo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble. Jake was a featured soloist on the “New Works Recital” at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and has been invited to perform as a soloist at the 2021 ITG Conference in Anaheim, California. He has performed with orchestras in Ohio, Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, and Louisiana, including the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Longview Symphony Orchestra, and Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.

As a clinician, Dr. Walburn has presented sessions and master classes at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association convention, UTRGV Brass Day, SFA Brass Day, the First Master Class for Brass in Bornem, Belgium, and at the Frederick Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw, Poland. Jake as also taught on the faculties of the Illinois Summer Youth Music Trumpet Camp, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.

Jake lives in Nacogdoches with his wife Alba, who is also a faculty member in the SFA School of Music, and their two children, Melanie and Jacob.