10 (More) Legendary Music Professors Teaching Today

Luretta Bybee

Associate Professor of Voice (Classical) at Loyola New Orleans

Particularly well-known for her interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen in the eponymously named opera, Luretta Bybee has performed this role with over 25 opera companies throughout the world.

Once a faculty at the selective New England Conservatory, in recent years Luretta Bybee has taken a teaching position at Loyola New Orleans.

She has also held a teaching position at the Aspen Music Festival, perhaps the most important summer festival in the country for classical music alongside Tanglewood.

Her past students have won positions in Young Artist Programs and opera companies worldwide.

Cho-Liang Lin

Professor of Violin at Rice University Shepherd School of Music & Juilliard School

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One of the most well-known violin soloists performing today, Cho-Liang Lin’s career started as a student at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay, widely credited as the most important violin teacher of the 20th century.

He debuted at age 19 with the Mostly Mozart Festival. Since then, he has performed with every major orchestra in the world.

At age 31, he took up a professorship at Juilliard. 15 years later, he took on a dual professorship with Rice University Shepherd School of Music, one of the most prestigious classical music institutions in the country.

His students have taken professorships at the world’s top conservatories as well as positions in major symphony orchestras.

Per Brevig

Faculty in Trombone Performance at Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Juilliard

One of the most accomplished trombone professors with an equally storied career in both performance and pedagogy, Per Brevig was awarded the International Trombone Association’s Neill Humfeld award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded only to teachers who have demonstrated a tremendous track record in pedagogy.

After 26 years as the principal trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Per’s musical career shifted towards conducting. He has directed numerous festivals and performances around the world in this capacity.

At Juilliard, NYU, and MSM, he is among the “top brass” in the school’s literal brass programs, with students who have taken up trombone positions in the world’s great symphonic orchestras.

David Hickman

Professor of Trumpet Performance at Arizona State University

One of the most famous purveyors of solo classical trumpet, David Hickman has been a soloist over 2,000 (!) times with 500+ orchestras. Additionally, he has released an impressive 19 solo albums.

Additionally, Hickman is the author of an 1100-page book detailing 2200 trumpet players spanning from the 16th century to present time.

Hickman also founded the famous Summit Brass group, perhaps America’s most important brass ensemble.

Hickman is a widely recognized teacher and performer, having been awarded the International Trumpet Guild’s Award of Merit.


  1. cere May 10, 2019
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