Michelle Pranger, Trumpet
Michelle Pranger is a trumpet player and teacher based in Chicago, IL. She holds a master's degree in trumpet performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan and bachelor's degrees in trumpet performance and economics from Illinois Wesleyan University. Michelle has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Michigan Chamber Players, River Raisin Ragtime Revue, Ann Arbor Camerata, and is a substitute musician for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019, she performed the world premier of the critical edition of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor and in the same year, she appeared on oboist Nancy Ambrose King's Album, IllumiNation. In 2017, she was awarded first prize at the National Trumpet Competition in the Small Ensemble Division. She has attended the Pierre Monteux Music Festival in Hancock, Maine, and the International Chamber Music Festival in Kyustendil, Bulgaria where she performed chamber music throughout the country. Michelle's primary teachers are Bill Campbell, Jennifer Brown, Brian Reichenbach, Leah Schumann, and Steve Eggleston.
Michelle moved to Chicago in late 2019 and has enjoyed teaching and performing in the area. In addition to teaching at the Musical Offering, Michelle teaches private trumpet lessons at Central Middle school in Tinley Park, IL. As an arts administrator, she is the Operations Manager at The Musical Offering and also the Communications & Operations Manager with the Lakeview Orchestra.
Michelle has two cats (Stanley and Marvin), and enjoys running, trying new food, and exploring the city and nature.