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Dr. Gary Fienberg

headshotAssistant Professor of Music (Trumpet)

Area Coordinator of Brass Studies
Director, Jazz Studies
Music Building 218

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh
M.F.A., Music Performance, Carnegie Mellon University
B.F.A., Music Performance, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Gary Fienberg is Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Coordinator of Brass Studies and Jazz Ensemble Director at The College of New Jersey, and served as Department Chair from 2008 to 2013. He currently teaches:

  • MUS 144: Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 211: Intermediate Private Trumpet Lessons
  • MUS 245: History of Jazz
  • MUS 246: Music in Global Perspective
  • MUS 311: Advanced Private Trumpet Lessons
  • MUS 411: Advanced Private Trumpet Lessons

Dr. Fienberg is a trumpeter whose experiences range from the great concert halls of Europe to the orchestra pits of Broadway. His performance interests cover the complete range of possibilities for a contemporary trumpeter in classical, jazz and commercial music. He has performed with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, Toots Thielmanns and many others. During a nine year residence in Europe, he worked for all of the major broadcasting companies in both the Netherlands and in Germany, performed at the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival, and worked with both the Big Band and Symphonic Orchestra of the Nord Deutscher Rundfunk.

In 1992, Dr. Fienberg was appointed Director of Jazz Ensembles at Carnegie Mellon University and then served as Assistant Head of the School of Music from 1998-2001. During this time he was a member of the acclaimed River City Brass Band, performing in both the Solo Cornet and Flugelhorn positions. In 2001, Dr. Fienberg was appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Coordinator of Brass Studies and Jazz Ensemble Director at The College of New Jersey.

Dr. Fienberg earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Carnegie Mellon where he was a student of Anthony Pasquarelli. He received a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh where Dr. Nathan Davis served as his dissertation advisor.