Betsy Bright, trumpet, has been a member of the Tucson Symphony trumpet section since 2003 and she is also a member of the TSO Brass Quintet, Monsoon Brass, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. Additionally, Betsy has performed with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, American Wind Symphony, Britt Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, and Bay View Music Festival. Betsy is also a deeply committed trumpet teacher. She has maintained a private trumpet studio since 1997 and she is the founder and director of Tucson Brass Workshop. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Betsy studied at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and a minor in composition. Betsy is married to TSO principal tuba, David Morgan. They live with their adorable sons, Max and Oliver, and their Italian Greyhound, Giuseppe.
What music is on your iPod?
Each year, I update a playlist with the music for the entire orchestra season and I use it to study parts. My running/exercise and fun listening playlists include mostly Pink Martini, Nellie McKay, and an assortment of Grateful Dead, Nirvana, Beatles, and Radiohead. I’m also really into podcasts of This American Life, The Moth, and many NPR podcasts that I’ve missed on the air.
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
Piano. I started when I was 4 or 5 years old.
Why did you choose your instrument?
Going into 6th grade, my older brother informed me that “All the cool kids are in band,” so I signed up for band. During the first few classes, the band director had everyone try out instruments. I raised my hand to try many of them, but he didn’t see me in the back row. Finally, he got to the last instrument (trumpet) and said, “If you haven’t tried one yet, you have to try trumpet.” So I tried it and it seemed to fit. Also, the director was a trumpet player, so it helped to have him as an early role model.
What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
Tough question. Here is my short list of favorites: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5. All Mahler and almost all Richard Strauss
What do you do besides music?
I love reading, running, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and traveling with my husband and our dog.
Where did you go to school?
All the way from preschool through the end of high school, I went to school in Irmo, SC. I went to college at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
Raging Sage Coffee, the Desert Museum, and hiking trails.