Toronto Symphony Orchestra
University of Toronto
Artist's BiographyBarton Woomert is the Associate Principal Trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1982. He has worked under many famous conductors including Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis, Gunther Herbig, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Charles Dutoit. His position with the orchestra provides him with the opportunity to perform with some of the worlds greatest soloists such as Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo- Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis.
An experienced educator, he has served as trumpet instructor at the University of Toronto for more than 25 years, and he maintains a busy private studio. In 2011-2012, he performed and taught as Musician-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. He also is an active studio and chamber musician who performs as a member of True North Brass. For many summers, Barton has worked with young musicians as a faculty member of the Interprovincial Music Camp and the Lancaster County Music Camp of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and as a trumpet mentor for the National Academy Orchestra with Boris Brott. He enjoys collaborating musically with his son Steven, and currently they are undertaking an exciting project commissioning and recording new works for two trumpets.
Prior to moving to Toronto, Barton was Principal Trumpet with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, he instructed young trumpet players in the newly emerging and now renowned program for youth, El Sistema. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he earned his music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon graduation from high school, Barton entered the famous United States Marine Band, the Presidents Own, in Washington, D.C., and performed as their youngest soloist for four years in the White House.