Charles E. Lirette graduated from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music having studied with Gene Young. He also studied with Don Tison of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Adelstein of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic and was principal trumpet for the Jerusalem Symphony. Mr. Lirette joined the Pittsburgh Symphony as co-principal trumpet in 1981 and has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony both in subscription concerts and on the Pittsburgh Pops Series. He has performed with the Symphony's Chamber Music at Heinz Hall Series and at Hartwood Acres. He is on the faculty of Duquesne University and also teaches privately.