Ryan Darke

Music Pedagogy Faculty
Music Pedagogy Faculty

Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator.

Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Mr. Darke is principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; prior to joining the Los Angeles Opera, he played second trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony and principal trumpet with the San Diego Symphony. He also spent one year at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.

Mr. Darke has also enjoyed teaching the OrchKids program with the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class for Venezuela’s “El Sistema.” Mr. Darke has also played in concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysia Philharmonic, Stavanger Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and with the new music ensemble wildUp. While residing in Germany Mr. Darke played with the Schleswig Holstein Orchestra and was featured as principal on Mahler Symphony No. 5.

Mr. Darke received his Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn School, his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Rice University, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at the California State University, Long Beach. His most influential instructors have been James Wilt, Rob Frear, Rick Giangiulio, Tony Prisk, Michael Sachs, and Joan LaRue.