Chad Winkler joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as fourth/utility trumpet in November 2008. Prior to this appointment, Chad played this same position for two seasons as an acting member of the PSO trumpet section.
Originally from Morgantown, WV, Chad earned his Bachelor of Music degree from West Virginia University, where he studied with his father, Dr. John Winkler. Upon completion, Chad earned his Master of Music degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with PSO Principal Trumpet, George Vosburgh.
Chad comes from a musical family. His father, as previously mentioned, is a trumpeter, and his mother is a pianist. In addition, his siblings have active musical careers. Chad began studying the trumpet at the age of 12. He spent a summer studying at the Interlochen Arts Camp in 1996, where he was a winner of the concerto competition. Chad performed with Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. Chad also attended the Brevard Music Center from 1998-2000, where he was twice the winner of the concerto competition. Chad also won the National Trumpet Competition in 1995, 1998 and 2000.
Chad spent the summers of 2001-2008 as a member of the music staff orchestra at Camp-of-the-Woods in Speculator, NY, where he performed as soloist and principal trumpet.
Prior to the Pittsburgh Symphony, Chad held positions with the Wheeling (WV) Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic. He has also performed with the orchestras of Honolulu, Jacksonville and Louisville.
Chad and his wife Elissa, who is a music educator and has a successful voice studio, live in Mt. Lebanon, PA.