Mr. Hess attended Alderson-Broaddus College, where he studied trumpet and conducting with Timothy L. DeWitt and Steven Pederson. While a student at A-B. Hess was selected as a winner of the state and regional MTNA Young Artists Competitions, and was a laureate winner nationally.
As a graduate student at Duquesne University, Mr. Hess studied conducting with Donald McKinney and Robert Cameron, and trumpet with George Vosburgh and Charles Lirette. Additionally, Hess has completed postgraduate studies with Craig Kirchhoff and Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Professor Hess is frequently in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and performer, and has authored several articles on score study. Additionally, Mr. Hess has been a featured performer in recitals and concerts in such diverse cities as Vienna, Prague, Luxembourg and Paris. Recently, Mr. Hess performed onstage with the Pittsburgh Opera during their historical production of Verdi's Aida. His research has focused on the life and works of Percy Grainger with special emphasis on Colonial Song. His professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, CBDNA, the Conductor's Guild, and Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary).
An avid supporter of chamber music, professor Hess recently led acclaimed performances of Stravinsky's Octet for winds and L-histoire du soldat. Mr. Hess' specializations include Baroque trumpet and early music performance practice.
Mr. Hess resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Emilee (a music therapist), and their kitty, Zoe.