Dr. Ross Hoksbergen

Dr. Ross Hoksbergen is currently the director of Music at Union Church of Cupertino, director of the Union Choir, and is co-founder of Cupertino Music Academy. He maintains active teaching studios for voice, piano, and trumpet.


Dr. Hoksbergen began his music career in third grade with piano lessons. He progressed in piano enough to pass his college piano proficiency exams without having to take any extra lessons! He began playing in the band with a trumpet in sixth grade, and shortly after that he decided that music was something he wanted to explore further.

During his senior year of high school, Hoksbergen toured the East Coast of the United States with the Hope College Symphonette Chamber Orchestra. He performed Carnival of Venice at a local talent show and was selected to the All-State band with the highest qualifying score of 97/100. Ross was also a member of the tennis and golf teams in high school and was a semi-finalist for the Michigan State tennis finals.


Dr. Hoksbergen began his collegiate studies at Western Michigan University after winning a full tuition scholarship to perform and study with the Russell Brown Brass Quintet. He also performed with the Marching Band, Symphonic Bands, Jazz Band, and Symphony Orchestra while studying at WMU. While at WMU, Ross was a member of the Christmas Brass and toured Brazil with the Western Michigan University Symphonic Band as one of three trumpeter's featured on Bugler's Holiday.


Ross Hoksbergen then completed a Master's Degree in Music from the University of South Florida. He was a graduate teaching assistant at USF, and was a semi-finalist for the National Trumpet Competition. Hoksbergen toured Italy and France for two weeks with the University of South Florida Jazz Band I, and was selected as principal trumpet for London's 'Carl Rosa Opera', as they toured the United States for six weeks.


Dr. Hoksbergen continued his studies at Western Michigan University, pursuing the D.M.A. in Music Performance under the direction of Rich Illman. At MSU, he was a member of the faculty brass ensemble, the Beaumont Brass Quintet. In 2010, he traveled to Sydney, Australia, to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, with the MSU trumpet choir.


In 2014, Dr. Hoksbergen toured the U.S.A. with the Axiom Brass Quintet. They were featured at APAP, a presenters conference in New York City, and in colleges, universities, and schools across the country, presenting new and classical works for brass quintet.


Ross enjoys teaching music and working on recordings, and when he is not at the teaching studios, he enjoys playing tennis and golf and camping and hiking in the Redwood forest.