John Winkler

John Winkler

Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
Mary Pappert School of Music
Performance Department

Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


D.M., Northwestern University
M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., Wheaton College

Following 38 years of teaching at West Virginia University, Dr. John Winkler recently retired as Professor of Trumpet (Emeritus). He continues as Principal Trumpet of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, teaches part time at Duquesne University, and plays extra with the Pittsburgh Symphony. John hails from New Jersey and studied trumpet with Edward Treutal of the Juilliard School and organ with concert artist, Claire Coci. After receiving an undergraduate degree in organ performance from Wheaton College (Illinois), he received both a MMus and DMus in trumpet performance from Northwestern University. John's principal teachers were Vincent Cichowicz (formerly of the Chicago Symphony) and Frank Kaderabek (formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra).

Before joining the faculty at West Virginia University in 1982, John taught at Messiah College (Pennsylvania) and Wheaton College. During these years, he played Principal Trumpet in the Harrisburg (PA) Symphony and was a member of the Chicago City Ballet Orchestra. John also served as General Manager of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. for 16 years.

For the past 20 years, John, along with his wife Kathy have been serving as Summer Music Directors for the professional summer music program at Camp-of-the-Woods, a Christian Resort and Conference Center in upstate New York. John and his wife Kathy reside in Morgantown, WV, and have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren.