Bill Denton

Bill D.

Glenview, IL
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Bill delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

Bill is in his sixth season as Principal Trumpet with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and his third season as Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Summer Music Festival Orchestra. He was a member of the trumpet faculty at DePaul University for five years and has presented performances and masterclasses at Northwestern, Roosevelt, and Northern Illinois Universities. Bill frequently performs as Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Philharmonic

Orchestra and has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony. He has also performed works in numerous chamber ensembles in the Chicago area including Walton’s Fa- cade with the Dempster Street Pro-Musica Chamber Ensemble, Bach’s 2nd Brandenberg Concerto and Poulenc’s le Bal Masque for WFMT radio’s Summer Rush Hour concerts. In 2014 Bill was featured as guest soloist with the Sibiu Philharmonic in Sibiu Romania. More recently he performed as guest soloist at the National Brass Band Competition Gala Concert.

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Assistant Principal Trumpet
Jun 2017 - Present
Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra

Principal Trumpet
Sep 2016 - Present
Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal Trumpet
Sep 2012 - Present
Lyric Opera of Chicago

Adjunct Professor
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018
DePaul University

Assistant Principal Trumpet
Sep 2010 - Jun 2013
Alabama Symphony Orchestra


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005
University of South Carolina
Master of Trumpet Performance
Sep 1984 - May 1986
Arizona State University
Bachelors of Music Performance
Sep 1980 - May 1984
Wichita State University


Professional Proficiency


K-12 Music
Aug 1997
Georgia Department of Education

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12 Reviews

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Rolando Apr 13, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Bill is a great pedagogue and a fabulous trumpet player! Thank you for the great information!

Bryan P Mar 4, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Mr. Denton was a fantastic teacher! We worked on articulations and phrasing in the first movement of the Halsey Stevens Sonata and he was able to bring a lot more out of me musically than I thought I was capable of. He made excellent use of the 30 minute online lesson and I came away feeling more confidant as I approach my recital.

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Brendan Mar 4, 2019

I studied with Bill in college and he is the best of the best. Highly recommend.

Bryan Mar 4, 2019
Audition Prep · Online

Bill Denton has a wealth of knowledge and a great personality. He knows exactly how hard to push you as a student and balances it with plenty of positive feedback. It would be wise for students to take this incredible opportunity to study with a principle trumpeter of a great orchestra.

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Michelle Mar 3, 2019
Trumpet · Online

I have had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Denton both in person and online. Recently, he worked with me on repertoire for my upcoming M.M. recital at Eastman. He is great at pointing out details and helpful with phrasing. He has a very musical approach to the trumpet. He keeps his students to a high standard but also maintains an encouraging and positive environment.

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Vanderbilt Mar 3, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Great lesson teacher. Helped me with fundamentals such as range and sound! Also helped me with some expression with Charlier 2. I highly recommend

Aaron Mar 3, 2019
Trumpet · In home

Bill is a phenomenal teacher. I’ve had lessons from him both in-person and online. He has a phenomenal ear and a knack for error detection to iron out creases in one’s playing. Plus, his patience and kindness are second to none.

Chris Mar 3, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Bill is very skilled in the art of trumpet playing, and it shows immediately in his playing and teaching. I’ve had two lessons with him already, and we got along great. Not only were we able to talk about bettering aspects of own playing, but we also touched on key areas my own students struggle with, and how to help them navigate those areas.

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Lindsey Mar 1, 2019
Audition Prep · In studio

I took a lesson with Mr. Denton a few weeks ago and he helped me so much with my audition preparation. In the two hour lesson, we went through about 15 different pieces of varying style, and he was great in getting me to think about the different types of articulation and sound colors I should be using for each specific passage.

If I wasn't getting the right style, he would play that same passage, and I immediately knew what needed to be fixed on my end. He sang through the trumpet and it was a privilege to get to hear him play up close.

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Ryan Mar 1, 2019
Audition Prep · In studio

I just took a lesson with Bill in preparation for an upcoming principal trumpet audition, and I can’t say enough great things about it! He has an uncompromising musical standard and incredible knowledge about the trumpet that really pushed me in my preparation. At the same time his supportive and kind approach helped me feel confident and empowered . It was very clear he sincerely wanted to help me play better! I am happy to give him my highest recommendation!

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Julia Feb 28, 2019
Trumpet · In home

Bill is a fantastic teacher, and has been extremely helpful in coaching me for orchestral auditions, and in working with me on solo repertoire. He has helped me improve my overall trumpet-playing, and is always coming up with new exercises ways to think about practicing technique, especially relating to sound concept and efficient playing. He has presented many different solutions and approaches to tackle any issues I've had with my playing depending on what I'm working on, ranging from articulation to expanding my high range, and everything in between. He sets a great example with his excellent playing as well, and it is useful to hear his musical ideas on the pieces and excerpts that we work on. I would highly recommend getting a lesson with Bill!

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Nick Feb 28, 2019
Trumpet · In studio

Bill is a great player and instructor. I have worked with him on audition excerpts, preparing a recital program, and general trumpet technique, and found great benefit in his teaching regarding all of these matters. Go take a lesson with Bill!

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