Dr. Cathy Leach
Professor of Trumpet
Cathy Leach has been Professor of Trumpet at the University of Tennessee since 1981. She teaches applied trumpet, directs the UT Trumpet Ensemble and coaches brass quintets, and serves the School of Music as Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Leach played principal trumpet with the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestras 1981-2012, and has played principal trumpet with the very active UT Faculty Brass Quintet at the University of Tennessee for the past 35 years. She appears on recordings on the Musical Heritage and Opus One labels.
A popular soloist and clinician, Ms. Leach has been featured with the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestras, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the Bremerton Symphony, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. She has been a member of Monarch Brass and Stiletto Brass Quintet, with whom she has toured and recorded.
Dr. Leach is currently Vice President/President Elect of the International Trumpet Guild, having served 12 years on the Board of Directors. She is President of the ITG local chapter, the Smokey Mountain Trumpet Guild, which aims to promote communication among trumpet players in the East Tennessee region.
Dr. Leach's students currently perform professionally and teach in universities and public schools across the United States. As Director of the UT Trumpet Ensemble, Dr. Leach has conducted the group at International Trumpet Guild Conferences at the University of Maryland (1990), in Rotterdam (1992), at the University of Richmond (1999), at Rowan State University (2006), Columbus State University in Columbus, GA (2012) and Columbus, OH (2015), often featuring pieces she has commissioned. Dr. Leach has been awarded a Chancellors Citation for Excellence in Teaching, a School of Music Leadership Award, a 2007 James R. and Nell W. Cunningham Outstanding Teaching Award, and a Sandra G. Powell Professorship 2014-2016.
When not teaching and performing Ms. Leach enjoys working out, reading, horseback riding, travel, and spending time with her dogs Muneca and Tito.
- D.M. in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy – Northwestern University (2001)
- M.M. in Trumpet Performance – University of New Mexico (1981)
- B.M. in Music Education – University of Michigan (1978)