Frank Hanson

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


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


Dr. 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  Trumpet Ensemble and Brass Choir, and teaches courses in brass techniques, brass pedagogy and general studies. Under his direction the UWW Trumpet Ensemble has twice been invited to perform at national ITG Conferences. His UWW trumpet graduates hold teaching and performing positions or faculty appointments in universities across the US.

Dr. Hanson founded and performs with the Whitewater Brass Quintet, the UW-Whiteewater's first faculty chamber ensemble, established in 1983. He 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 university's Faculty Senate.

Dr. Hanson is an active orchestral musician, recitalist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has appeared as trumpet soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in works by Tartini, Handel, Torelli, Copland, Shostakovich, Haydn, Barber and Sallinen. He 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. In addition, he has performed at conferences of the International Trumpet Guild in the US and in Europe. Presently, Hanson is 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, Survey of American Jazz.