Vance Woolf joined the LPO as Principal Trumpet in 2000 and has been a regular featured soloist performing works ranging from the high baroque concertos of Torelli and Tartini, to Arban’s Carnival of Venice and Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet. In 2008, Vance joined the faculty of Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts as Instructor of Classical Trumpet.
Originally from New Zealand, Vance served as a Cornetist in the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air force while completing his Bachelor of Music Degree. He later traveled to the U.S. to pursue his trumpet studies, earning a Master’s Degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Mario Guarneri. While a student, he spent his summers attending prestigious music festivals, including two at the Music Academy of the West where he studied with the legendary Adolph Herseth and was the recipient of the Maurice Faulkner Award. He also toured Japan twice with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra.
Prior to the LPO, Vance studied in Miami with one of his trumpet heroes, Gil Johnson, the former Principal Trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In recent years he has been a semifinalist for positions with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has been a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, and performed with them for their 2010 American tour and 2011 European tour. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony and extensively with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.