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A New Principal Trumpet For The St. Louis Symphony

It took three seasons for the St. Louis Symphony to fill the position of Principal Trumpet after Susan Slaughter stepped down in 2010 after 40 years.  Slaughter holds the distinction of being the first female to hold the principal position in a major symphony orchestra and the word “legend” has been used to describe her. 

Karin Bliznik was appointed Principal Trumpet last June and took her seat as the St. Louis Symphony opened its 20113-2014 season on September 20. She agrees with those who call her predecessor a legend. “That is a really great word.  She is quite the legend,” Bliznik told the Symphony’s Eddie Silva in a conversation during her second week in the position. In fact, when her father introduced her to the St. Louis Symphony’s recording of American in Paris and Bliznik heard Slaughter’s beautiful sound, it helped guide her in the direction of becoming a professional music.

In her conversation with Silva, Bliznik shares her background, her influences, her thoughts on being a leader in the St. Louis Symphony and her impressions of her new home.

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.

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