John Holt is Professor of Trumpet and Chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas. Holt is also principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989. The consummate musical artist, Holt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. Committed to the advancement of contemporary chamber music in performance, recordings and education, Holt has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works since 2003. “Facets 4” released by the International Trumpet Guild in 2016 is Holt’s eighth solo CD recording. His seven previous solo recordings, all on the Crystal Records label, have received unanimous critical acclaim by industry publications Fanfare, American Record Guide, Instrumentalist, Gramophone and the International Trumpet Guild.
Rick Bogard is a member of the music faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington where he teaches studio trumpet and is Associate Chair of the Music Department. He holds a DMA in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas, and degrees from Baylor University and The University of Central Arkansas. Bogard performs as Second Trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and as Principal Trumpet during the 1993-94 season. He has recorded Mahler, Shostakovich, and Respighi with the Dallas Symphony, and has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony.