139 Howard hall
Natalie Fuller began playing the piano at the tender age of 4, and trumpet followed 2 years later. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Natalie’s 12 years of homeschooling allowed her the freedom to travel across Canada and the United States as well as internationally to Great Britain and Japan with award winning ensembles including the Regina Lions Band and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. During this time, Natalie began studying trombone, euphonium and tuba under the late John Griffiths. Six months after her battle with cancer at the age of 16, Natalie achieved the highest mark in Canada for the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto diploma in trumpet performance.
At the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Natalie studied under Dr. Ed Lewis (CBC Radio’s “Jazz Doctor”) and Miles Newman (principal of the Regina Symphony Orchestra). After completing the bachelor’s degree in just three years, Natalie was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest distinction upon graduation. Natalie then moved to Rochester, New York where she studied with the renowned James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music. While completing her Masters and Doctorate degrees at Eastman, Natalie toured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and sat principal on pieces including Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the Eastman Philharmonic. Over the last few years, Natalie has competed in several competitions, winning 1st place in the brass division of the Canadian Music Festival and placing in the medals three times at the American National Trumpet Competition.
Natalie has performed for a wide variety of audiences, including notable trumpet greats like Stephen Burns, Tom Stevens, John Wallace and Mark Gould to dignitaries including the Governor General of Canada and even Prince Charles. Recently, Natalie has taught at the University of Rochester, Eastman Community Music School and Cornell University.