About David and Kelly Zuercher
Uplifting, Moving, Inspiring... are just a few of the adjectives used to describe a concert by David and Kelly Zuercher.
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Whether in clinic or concert, the Zuerchers' exceptional musical standards and appealing performances bring vitality to the classroom and concert hall!
David Alan Zuercher, principal trumpeter of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Zuercher began musical instruction at the age of eight with emphasis in piano, flute and percussion. At age eleven, inspired by recordings of solo trumpet with orchestra, Mr. Zuercher’s instrumental priority switched to trumpet.
The decision to make orchestral trumpet performance a career led him to study with Leon Rapier at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, other private teachers have included William Vacchiano (New York Philharmonic), Samuel Krauss (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Arnold Jacobs (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
While on the staff of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, Mr. Zuercher was invited to Taiwan as principal trumpeter of the Taipei Philharmonic but, after graduating from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in orchestral performance in 1978, he chose to accept the invitation to perform with the symphony orchestra in Colorado Springs.
Mr. Zuercher’s solo, chamber and orchestral work have established him as an exceptional performer. He has performed in numerous clinic–recitals, as soloist with symphony orchestras and as a member of the King’s Brass, along with virtuoso trumpeter Robert Nagel.
In addition to maintaining his private music studio, Mr. Zuercher has served on the trumpet faculties of The Colorado College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Community College. Additionally, he is the founder of his own music publishing company, Sound Ideas Publications, which specializes in solo and ensemble selections for brass instruments.
Mr. Zuercher has been married to pianist Kelly McSweeney Zuercher since 1981.
Kelly McSweeney Zuercher, principal pianist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has appeared throughout the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and in concerts with her husband, David, principal trumpet of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.
Mrs. Zuercher maintains a private piano studio; in addition, she is a composer and arranger for Sound Ideas Publications and for First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs. She has served on the piano faculties of Metropolitan State College in Denver, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and as an adjudicator for the Rocky Mountain International Amateur Pianists Competition. Mrs. Zuercher recently has appeared as piano soloist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.
Having made her solo debut at age twelve with the Oklahoma City Symphony, Mrs. Zuercher’s teachers have included Philelle McBrayer, Clarence Burg, Richard Cass, Jules Gentil, and Lee Luvisi; she also has coached with Malcolm Frager and Emmanuel Ax. She has earned piano performance degrees from Oklahoma City University, Ecole Normale de Musique (Paris, France), and the University of Louisville (KY).