College of Arts and Communication
Upham Hall

Frank Hanson

  • Office Location: Center Of The Arts 2010
  • Phone: (262) 472-1289
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  • Department(s): Music


B.S. University of Akron; M.M., D.M.A. The Ohio State University


Professor Frank Hanson teaches UW-Whitewater's talented undergraduate trumpet students, assisting them to develop musicianship and performance skills for careers as professional educators and performers. In addition, he conducts the UW-Whitewater Trumpet Ensemble and Brass Choir and teaches courses in brass technics, brass pedagogy and general studies. Dr. Hanson founded and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, the university’s first faculty chamber ensemble, established in 1983. Dr. Hanson has also served the university in various administrative roles as Music Department chair, Interim Associate Dean of the College of the Arts, and chair of the Faculty Senate.

Dr. Hanson is an active orchestral musician, recitalist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has appeared as soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in works by Tartini, Handel, Torelli, Copland, Shostakovich, Haydn, Barber and Sallinen, and has performed frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio broadcast recitals with the Whitewater Brass Quintet and others, and on Wisconsin Public Television broadcasts with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Symphony. He has performed frequently at conferences of the Interantional Trunmpet Guild in the US and in Europe. He is the Principal Trumpet of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Hanson performed with the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Columbus Symphony Orchestras in Ohio, and with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria.

Classes Taught

Applied Trumpet; Brass Instrument Techniques; Brass Ensemble; Trumpet Ensemble; Trumpet Pedagogy and Literature, Introduction to Classical Music, Surbey of American Jazz.