John D. Perkins, D.M.A.

PerkinsDr. John D. Perkins is Associate Professor of Music in the Swinney Conservatory at Central Methodist University where he teaches studio trumpet and horn, coaches brass ensembles, and teaches music history. Perkins previously taught as a faculty member at Shippensburg University and Angelo State University, as a music educator in a San Antonio area school district, and as a Trumpet Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas during his doctoral studies. Several of his students are professional music educators. He also has several published recording reviews articles in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Perkins has held trumpet positions and performed with a myriad of orchestras, brass quintets, chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, as well as performing in solo engagements. Since 1999, Perkins holds the principal trumpet position with the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra and has recently shared the stage with distinguished conductors and artists, most notably Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Denyce Graves, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Andre Watts, Frederica von Stade, Stuart Malina, and Elizabeth Schulze. Perkins also performs regularly with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Odyssey Chamber Music series, Stephens College musicals, and several other engagements in the Columbia, Missouri region.

Perkins also maintains a private studio. Many of his students have been selected for the International Trumpet Guild Journal Young Artist Award, Missouri All-State Band, Missouri All-State Honorable Mention Band, Missouri Fine Arts Academy, Pennsylvania All-State Band, and various audition-only bands in Texas. Also enjoying working with a younger clientele, he regularly adjudicates and teaches high brass master classes to middle and high school students.

Perkins earned degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.), The University of Wisconsin - Madison (M.M.), and St. Cloud State University (B.S.).