Charles R. Hurt is Professor of Trombone at Texas State University and served as Principal Trombonist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra for thirty seasons. He is also one of the founding members of the SouthWest BrassWorks, the faculty brass quintet at Texas State.
Mr. Hurt holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and Northwestern University. His teachers have included Frank Crisafulli, trombonist with the Chicago Symphony for fifty years and Professor of Trombone at Northwestern University, Donald Hough, Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee (Ret), and Donald Knaub, former member of the Rochester Philharmonic and former professor of Trombone at the University of Texas and the Eastman School of Music.
He has been invited to present performances and master classes at many conservatories and universities including the University of Tennessee, the Moscow Conservatory, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, the Crane School of Music, Northern College in Scotland, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and the University of Göteborg in Sweden. In the fall of 2010 he was invited to co-present a lecture on the use of SmartMusic at the College Music Society convention in Minneapolis. He has also published articles in the International Trombone Association Journal, and was a former assistant editor for “New Positions” of that publication. Professor Hurt has, on several occasions, been invited to choose the All-State Try-Out Music for the State of Texas and was invited to perform this music for the Texas Band Masters Convention.
Professor Hurt has been the guest conductor and performer at the Texas Music Educators Convention and the International Trombone Festival. He recently completed a tour of Hong Kong where he presented recitals, master classes, lectures, and coached the trombone ensemble and brass quintet at Hong Kong Baptist University. In addition, he was guest artist for the Cole Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University and is co-editor of the Alumni Newsletter for the School of Music at Texas State University.
He routinely writes and arranges pieces for performance by the Texas State University Trombone Ensemble.