Assistant Principal Trumpet, The Phoenix Symphony
Adjunct Faculty – Mesa Community College
Mr. Harvison has been a member of The Phoenix Symphony since 1995. Although his primary position has been second trumpet, he has also served in every position including principal. In 2009, Mr. Harvison was promoted to assistant principal trumpet with The Phoenix Symphony.
Mr. Harvison had a very successful and acclaimed 2003-2004 season as acting principal trumpet of The Phoenix Symphony. The Arizona Republic’s review of Sergie Nakariakov’s guest performance with the PSO read, “The evening’s centerpiece was Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Continuing the evening’s theme of virtuoso trumpet playing was Emery Harvison’s lucid string of demanding solos.”
As a soloist, Mr. Harvison has appeared with The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona State University Orchestra and Symphonic Band. In 1994, he was the First Prize winner of the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute-United Musical Instruments International Solo Competition. His solo appearances with The Phoenix Symphony include performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Two Trumpets and Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto.
Mr. Harvison grew up on his family farm in Winnfield, Louisiana and was self-taught on the trumpet. He attended Louisiana State University under James West, graduating with both Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music degrees in 1993. He then became a graduate teaching assistant to David Hickman at Arizona State University where he earned a Master of Music degree in 1995. He has recorded for Summit Records and other labels. Mr. Harvison has also written articles for the International Trumpet Guild and International Trombone Journals. He taught at Arizona State University during the spring of 2003 and currently teaches at Mesa Community College. In addition, he maintains a very successful private teaching studio in his Mesa home.