Robert Dorer joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997 as second trumpet after six seasons as principal trumpet with the New Mexico Symphony. He previously was a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Florida West Coast Symphony, and performed as guest principal with the New Zealand Symphony. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico and Minnesota. During the 2013-14 season he performed with the National Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Dorer performed and recorded for five years as a member of the Florida Brass Quintet. He has often performed in Orchestra chamber concerts, playing works of Hindemith, Boehme and Scheidt, among others. In 2005 he performed trumpet ensemble music with Adolph Herseth and Doc Severinsen at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Trumpet Festival.
Dorer earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz, former second trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; after graduating, he studied with Arnold Jacobs, former tubist with the Chicago Symphony and a renowned teacher of wind instrument breathing techniques. At Cichowicz’ recommendation, he was interviewed for the book Back to Basics, an analysis of Cichowicz’ teaching method.
Dorer enjoys teaching and was a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina for seven summers. He has taught master classes at high schools and colleges throughout Minnesota. He is a Sonare Trumpet Artist.