chad winkler

Chad Winkler

Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
Mary Pappert School of Music

Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


B.M., West Virginia University
M.M., Duquesne University

Member, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Chad Winkler joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as Fourth/Utility Trumpet in November 2008 and has been featured as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Prior to winning the PSO position, Winkler held positions with the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Erie Philharmonic. He has also performed with the orchestras of San Francisco, Minnesota, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Honolulu, Louisville, and Jacksonville, as well as acting Principal Trumpet with the orchestras of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera. Winkler is also Principal Trumpet of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

In summers 2018 and 2019, under Winkler's leadership, the Duquesne University Trumpet Ensemble was invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference in San Antonio, TX and Miami, FL. The 2018 performance was the first time a trumpet ensemble from Duquesne had been invited to perform at an ITG event. Winkler has also had his Duquesne students advance to the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition.

Winkler won the National Trumpet Competition in 1995, 1998, and 2000. In 2013, he was invited to perform as guest soloist at the National Trumpet Competition.

Originally from Morgantown, WV, Winkler earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, where he studied with his father, Dr. John Winkler. Winkler earned his Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with retired Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Trumpet, George Vosburgh.

Chad and his wife Elissa, Music Director at Beverly Heights Church, live in Mt. Lebanon, PA with their son, Hudson, and daughter, Selah.