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Music at Aquinas College

Paul Hardaker, M.M.

Lecturer of Music - Trumpet


Paul Hardaker joined the Aquinas College Music department as Lecturer of Music - Trumpet in 2019. He is an active freelance musician with many area professional ensembles and private music educator throughout the West Michigan Area. As seated member of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and educational AIRS program; Paul actively is out with the ensemble and his colleagues performing and introducing classical music, other musical styles and genres of Art to students throughout the greater south west Michigan area. Paul is a member of the Kalamazoo Brass Quintet which is a private ensemble specializing in freelance performances and works with various clients and their musical entertainment needs. Also, Paul is a member of a new polka rock horn band in the West Michigan area called The Grosse Seen Bier band, where they are actively performing a large variety of musical styles at various events and festivals throughout the year including being recently featured with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. The trumpet has taken Paul throughout Europe and the United States. As a private instructor, Paul works with a wide range of students from middle school to high school on trumpet and other musical details both one on one and as an aid to area band directors in group or camp settings. 

As a student Paul attended Grand Valley State University for his Bachelors of Music where he studied with Richard Stoelzel and attended Western Michigan University for his Masters of Music where he studied with Scott Thornburg and Dr. Stephen Jones. He currently resides in the Kalamazoo/Otsego area with his wife, Erica, and their German shorthaired pointers; enjoying the great outdoors whenever the trumpet is not in his hands.