(DETROIT, March 4, 2013) —After conducting an international search, with candidates arriving from Canada, Germany, Mexico and across the U.S., the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced the hiring of a Principal Trumpet with Michigan roots. Muskegon, Mich. native Hunter Eberly, a Grand Valley State University graduate, will begin this week as DSO Principal Trumpet as holder of the Lee and Floy Barthel DSO Principal Trumpet Chair. Eberly, 26, formerly Principal Trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, will perform his first concert in his new position on March 7 at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.

“I am deeply honored and excited to be joining the incredibly talented musicians of the DSO,” said Eberly. “My wife and I are thrilled to be moving back to our home state of Michigan and are excited to be closer to both of our families. I thank God for the opportunity that He has blessed me with, and I am looking forward to starting full-time with the DSO.”

Eberly is the 11th musician hired since the 2011-12 season. The other new arrivals include three violins, a French horn, English horn, two cellos, Principal Flute, Principal Percussion, and Yoonshin Song, concertmaster.

The DSO is in the final stages of Principal Timpani auditions, and is holding auditions for several other positions this season: Principal Second Violin, Second Clarinet, Assistant Concertmaster (fourth chair violin)/section violin, Assistant Principal Cello/section cello and Principal Bass.

Roster of new musicians

Joseph Becker, Principal Percussion

David Buck, Principal Flute

Monica Fosnaugh, English horn

Sheryl Hwangbo, violin

Rachel Harding Klaus, violin

David LeDoux, cello

Peter McCaffrey, cello

Yoonshin Song, Concertmaster

Johanna Yarbrough, French horn

Jing Zhang, violin

About Hunter Eberly

Hunter Eberly, a native of Muskegon, Michigan, started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 under the tutelage of his mother, who he studied with through high school.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Richard Stoelzel. While studying at GVSU, Hunter won prizes at multiple competitions including first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Undergraduate Solo Competition, first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Trumpet Ensemble division, second prize in the International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra competition, and first prize at the GVSU International Trumpet Seminar Solo Competition. Hunter continued his education by attending The Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with James Wilt, and earned a Professional Studies Certificate.

Prior to his appointment in Detroit, Hunter was Principal Trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony.  He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China), and the Antalya Symphony (Turkey).  Hunter lives in Detroit with his wife Kimberly, dog Daisy, and chinchilla Buddy.

A Yamaha Performing Artist, Hunter plays exclusively on Yamaha instruments.

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock.  A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series.  Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music.  For more information visit or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.


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