Ariana Coan is a trumpet player from Staunton, IL starting her 3rd season in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She graduated in 2022 at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her degree in Music Performance. Lately, she has enjoyed playing cornet in the St. Louis Brass Band and with her friends in a brass quintet. She now works in Kirkwood school district as a band teaching assistant for high brass, and in her spare time she enjoys teaching trumpet lessons at Music & Arts, drawing, and spending time with her cat, Comet.
She would also like to thank her family, friends, and past professors for being supportive of her choices in the music field, and for helping her to find opportunities to continue to grow as a musician. A very special thank you goes to her professor, Dr. John Korak at SIUE, for the many years of lessons and guidance in playing the trumpet, and also to her more recent mentors Austin Williams and Karin Bliznik.