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  • Robert Skoniczin, Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

    Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet
    University of Delaware
    137 Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​​Robert Skoniczin is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania. An active freelance musician, Mr. Skoniczin performs in a variety of settings and locales. He is principal trumpet with OperaDelaware and has performed with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Bach Choir (and Festival Orchestra) of Bethlehem (PA), New Jersey Opera Theatre, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Phillly Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra Community Outreach, Reading Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Wilmington String Ensemble, Gramercy Brass Orchestra, Sammy Kaye Orchestra and Brian Pastor Big Band. Mr. Skoniczin has played for numerous touring Broadway shows in Philadelphia and Wilmington. He has backed various star attractions such as Martina McBride, Anne Murray, Pete Fountain, Collin Raye, Marvin Hamlisch and Mannheim Steamroller and performed for such dignitaries as Mother Teresa and former Chinese President Jiang Zemin during their visits to the United States. Mr. Skoniczin can be heard on several recordings including Manhattan Transfer’s DVD The Christmas Concert, American Anthems with the Gramercy Brass Orchestra and numerous spots for NFL Films including the “Lobardi Trophy Theme” heard after the Super Bowl.

    After graduating as the valedictorian of his high school class, Mr. Skoniczin received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College and his Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he received the Cecil Collins Award for Outstanding Brass Performance. His principal teachers have included Vince Penzarella of the New York Philharmonic and Christopher Tranchitella of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

    In addition to his duties at University of Delaware, Mr. Skoniczin is the associate conductor for Bravo Brass, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble program. This ensemble is designed to further the musicianship of advanced middle school and high school brass and percussion players of the greater Delaware Valley region.

    In May 2014, Mr. Skoniczin co-hosted the 39th Annual International Trumpet Guild Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which boasted over 1,500 attendees during the week-long event featuring trumpet players from around the world. He is a member of the National Band Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the American Federation of Musicians and Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Skoniczin performs on S.E. Shires trumpets.



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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578