Kayla Solomon

Trumpet Canadian Trumpet Performer & Educator - Urbana Ill.

Dr. Kayla Solomon (she/her) is a Canadian trumpet performer and educator currently based in Urbana, Illinois. She was the first-place winner in the brass division of the 2017 Federation of Canadian Music Festivals competition and a winner of the 2019 UCLA All-Star Competition. In November 2019, Ms. Solomon recorded Ian Krause’s Symphony No.5 in Seoul, South Korea as a section member of the Seocho Philharmonia. She is cofounder of Power of Two, a Canadian-based trumpet and piano duo dedicated to performing works by Canadian and underrepresented composers.

Dr. Solomon’s trumpet and piano duo, Power of Two, commissioned The Stars of November by Kenley Kristofferson in June 2021. The single was released on streaming platforms in December 2021, and the recording received the Bronze Medal in the Emerging Artist category for the Global Music Awards in January 2022.

Kayla Solomon graduated with her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she studied both classical and jazz trumpet with Ronald Romm, Dr. Amy Gilreath, and Tito Carrillo. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied with Jens Lindemann. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University in Canada, where she studied with Edward Bach. Solomon also studies regularly with her mentor, Dr. Carole Dawn Reinhart, Professor Emeritus from the Vienna School of Performing Arts.

As an educator, Dr. Solomon has taught grade 6-12 band at Killarney School (as well as grade 9 math) in Killarney, Manitoba, was the Trumpet Methods instructor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, teaches private trumpet lessons both online and in person to students of all ages, and was recently hired as a trumpet teacher for Trumpet Headquarters.

As an athlete, Dr. Solomon has combined her love of sports medicine with music and her research focuses primarily on overuse embouchure injury prevention for trumpet players. She was a member of the Brandon University Women’s Volleyball team from 2014-2015, the UCLA Club Sports Volleyball team from 2019-2020, and was a member and merchandising chair of the University of Illinois Waterski team from 2022-2023. Dr. Solomon has been certified in the Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine by the Performing Arts Medicine Association.


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