Dr. John T. Cord

Dr. Cord is native of Des Moines, Iowa. In 2002 he completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Iowa. In 2004, Dr. Cord completed the Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale University School of Music. Dr. Cord completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2009.

Dr. Cord’s diverse performance career has included appearances with over 30 professional symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Dr. Cord has also performed with groups such as the Tanglewood Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Opera, DFW Metropolitan Ballet, and the Wringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey’s Circus Band. Dr. Cord has also performed with such touring Broadway shows as Cats, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Music Man.

Dr. Cord is currently the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Cord’s duties at Luther include Applied Trumpet Instruction, Brass Methods and directing Luther College Brass Chamber Ensembles. He is also a member of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra as 2nd trumpet, the LCSO Brass Quintet and the Praetorius Brass Quintet. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Cord was the Assistant Professor of Music in Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. During this time he was a member of the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, Corpus Christi Cathedral Orchestra, USS Lexington Big Band and the South Texas Big Band. 

Dr. Cord has presented clinics, master-classes and performances as an Artist/Clinician for the Conn-Selmer/Vincent Bach Trumpets Corporation at public schools, universities, and at state, regional and national events. He has appeared as a guest conductor for the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast and clinician for the Texas Music Educator’s Association Convention. Dr. Cord is an active researcher and has published scholarly articles with organizations such as the International Trumpet Guild, The Instrumentalist and the International Journal of Arts and Commerce. Dr. Cord is a member of the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition, and the Adjudication Board and CD Review Board for the International Trumpet Guild and ITG Journal.

Dr. Cord has shared the stage with artists such as Phil Smith, Byron Stripling, Allen Dean, Kathleen Battle, Allen Vizzutti, Mark Ford, John Abercrombie, Frederica Von Stade, Thompson Hanks, Keiko Abe, Lou Rawls, Marcus Printup, Ray Mase and Ryan Kisor. Dr. Cord’s former instructors include Keith Johnson, Allan Dean, David Greenhoe, Michael Steinel and John Holt.

Click here to see Dr. Cord’s most recent recital including works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Viviani, Hovhaness, Manuel de Falla, and H.L. Clarke. Assisted by several Luther College music faculty and Luther student musicians.