Faculty Chair Profile

Mark Ridenour

NMS Trumpet Faculty
Assistant Principal Trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Mark Ridenour is assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed to this position by Daniel Barenboim in 1994. From 2003 until 2005, he served as the Orchestra’s acting principal trumpet. Mr. Ridenour is an Advisory Board member of New Music School of Chicago.

Mr. Ridenour began his professional career when he was appointed third trumpet in the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic while a senior in college. He continued in this position through graduate school and also became a member of the Dayton (OH) Philharmonic. Next came an appointment to the trumpet section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as acting principal trumpet his first season. Mr. Ridenour then accepted the position of principal trumpet with the Florida Orchestra, where he spent six seasons before coming to Chicago.

Mr. Ridenour has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, Highland Park Strings, and Roosevelt University Orchestra as well as brass bands in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army.

Mr. Ridenour is a member of the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet. In addition, he participated in the 2001 West-Eastern Divan Workshop in Chicago, and he appeared at the Eastern Shores Chamber Music Festival with colleagues Lawrie Bloom and Robert Kassinger this past June. Mr. Ridenour currently is on the faculty of Roosevelt University.

Mark Ridenour began playing the trumpet at age ten and played trumpet, baritone, and tuba in the band through high school. His first private lesson came when he enrolled at Asbury College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree. He earned a master of music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.