Matthew Barker recently joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the 4th/Utility Trumpet beginning in the 2016-2017 season. A native of Houston, he earned a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University in 2013 where he studied under the tutelage of Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, and Robert Sullivan. He also served two years in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a premier training program for emerging professional musicians, continuing his studies with Christopher Martin. Matthew returned to Houston and his former teachers Butler and Geyer in pursuing his Masters at Rice University’s esteemed Shepherd School of Music in 2015, where he frequently subbed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
Matthew served four of his collegiate summers at Camp-of-the Woods, a Christian family resort in the Adirondack Mountains, as a member of the music staff, where he was frequently featured as a soloist. He also participated in the Music Academy of the West Academy Festival Orchestra in 2015. Matthew is an accomplished arranger with a few of his numerous arrangements being featured at the Fischoff National Chamber Competition and the National Trumpet Competition as well as in professional settings by Yo-Yo Ma and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Brass Ensemble.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys exercising, cooking, gaming, and spending time with his wife, Alicia.
Luis Engelke is Professor of Trumpet at Towson University and holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Lancaster, Kennett Symphony Orchestras, and Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestras, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, and Endless Mountain and Shippensburg Music Festivals. He performs well over one hundred engagements annually as a soloist and orchestral/chamber musician and serves as a Music Reviews Editor for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A past board member for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), Engelke currently serves as Vice President for the Baltimore Musicians’ Association (Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians) and as a Yamaha Performing Artist/Clinician. His solo albums titled A Brazilian Collection and Songs, Remembrances, and Impressions received critical acclaim, and his anthology of Brazilian trumpet music published by Balquhidder Music contains first editions of significant such works from his home nation.
A former member of Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, Engelke has performed with more than fifty professional orchestras internationally including the symphonies of Baltimore, Delaware, Harrisburg, Maryland, Richmond, Phoenix, San Diego, and Sydney, as well as the Thailand Philharmonic, Annapolis Opera Orchestra, and Baltimore Bach Orchestra. Engelke has been featured with the Endless Mountain Festival Orchestra, Rome Festival Orchestra, Orquestra Eintracht, Naval Academy Band, Gulf Coast Symphony, Frederick Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, and Lancaster British Brass Band, and performed with such diverse musicians as Andrea Bocelli and Brazilian legends Paulo Moura, Ivan Lins, and Zé da Velha. Engelke’s work in popular music includes appearances with The Moody Blues and Ricky Martin. He recorded trumpet solos for soundtracks for the films Villa-Lobos: Sua Vida de Paixão, Stories of the Land, and Elefteria. He has performed as a soloist in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia and appeared on more than fifty commercially released recordings for the Pro-Arte, Decca, Innova, Aurora, and several other labels.
Engelke’s more than two hundred publications include articles in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Euro-ITG Newsletter, Jazz Educators Journal, College Music Symposium, NACWPI Journal, The Double Reed, The International Musician, and Triad. EC Schirmer, Hickman Music Editions, and Triplo Press in the USA and Topp Brass in Switzerland have published his compositions, arrangements, and editions. He has worked to enhance the repertoire for solo trumpet with both his personal commissions and as chair of the ITG’s Commissions Committee, bringing to light new international works by Michael Daugherty, Wang Ning, Julian Wachner, Nestor de Hollanda Cavalcanti, and Antônio Guerreiro. Many organizations have supported his research and performance through scholarships and grants including the following: CAPES-Fulbright, Music Teachers National Association, ITG, and Rádio Mec. He has taught at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Arizona State University, Ohio State University, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Florida State University Music Camps. A frequent lecturer and guest artist, he has presented master classes and recitals throughout the world.