Dr. Kurt Gorman

Kurt Gorman, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
Office: 226 Fine Arts
Phone: (731) 881-7404
Email: kgorman@utm.edu


Dr. Kurt Gorman


Kurt Gorman, D.M.A., Professor of Music, joined music faculty at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2004, where he teaches trumpet and directs the UTM Big Band and Small Jazz Group. Prior to his appointment at UT Martin, Gorman served as the Principal Trumpet of Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes in Culiacan, Mexico.


Gorman’s first solo album, Convergence: American Sonatas for Trumpet and Piano, released in 2018, is available on Apple Music and Spotify. Convergence includes recordings of the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Halsey Stevens as well as other sonatas commissioned by Gorman. The Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 45 (2007) by renowned composer Easley Blackwood is, “reminiscent of Rachmaninoff and the conservative works of Prokofiev.” The Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by hornist Wayne Lu is a biographical sketch of the performer set to music. From a review in the International Trumpet Guild Journal: “Gorman and his collaborator, Matthew Gianforte, demonstrate remarkable musicality and technique… the interaction between the performers is terrific.”


Gorman has performed as Principal Trumpet of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and he is a member of the UTM Faculty Brass Quintet and UTM Chamber Players. He has appeared as a soloist and clinician for the International Trumpet Guild. His main scholarly interest is chamber music, and he continues the research of his doctoral dissertation entitled, “The Trumpet in Mixed Chamber Music of the Twentieth Century.” Gorman also serves as vice president and editor of Veritas Musica Publishing.


Gorman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Chicago and graduate degrees in performance from the University of North Texas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has studied privately with Keith Johnson, Keith Benjamin, John Holt, Jeff Curnow, and Guy Victor Bordo.