Dr. John T. Cord is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. In 2002 he completed the Bachelor of Music Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Iowa, and in 2004, he completed the Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale University School of Music. John completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2009.
John’s diverse performance career has included appearances with over 30 professional symphony orchestras throughout the United States. John 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. John has also performed with such touring Broadway shows as Cats, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man and Fame.
He is very excited to be returning home to the Midwest to be Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. From 2009 to 2013 John was 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.
John has presented clinics, master-classes and performances as an Artist Representative for the Conn-Selmer/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. John 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. John is a member of the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition, and the CD Review Board for the International Trumpet Guild 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, Justin Kisor and Ryan Kisor. John’s former instructors include Keith Johnson, Allan Dean, David Greenhoe, Michael Steinel, John Holt, Louis Hanzlik, and Brent Sandy.