Jonathan Karnes

Freelance Trumpet


Jonathan has amassed a wide range of musical experience ranging from liturgical music to commercial big band.  While at Calvin, Jonathan performed Handel's "The Trumpet Shall Sound" in a series of performances across Michigan with Mark Moliterno, then a professor of music at Calvin, and Dr. Hyesook Kim, currently a professor of music at Calvin.  Jonathan has retained a close relationship with this piece of music, performing it in a number of area churches, weddings, and with the Calvin Oratorio Society accompanying basses Jason Thoms (2011) and Ricardo Lugo (2012).  Alos in the baroque oratorio style, Jonathan also performed Handel's "Let the Bright Seraphim" from the oratorio Samson with Diane Penning and Dr. Ken Bos for the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys 2010 concert entitled "Music for Royal Occasions".


Besides baroque works, Jonathan enjoys playing the varied styles found in Broadway shows and other musicals and has appeared in many West Michigan musical productions including West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  In addition to performing in musicals Jonathan performs regularly with the Hark Up Horns, a big band style orchestra which performs a wide range of music for a number of events in West Michigan.  In 2007-2008 Jonathan appeared as a guest musician with the band Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, initially performing for the Founders Brewery New Year’s Eve Celebration and then continuing to perform for a series of shows at Cannonsburg ski area and at Billy's Lounge.

Jonathan is a regular member of the St. Andrew's Cathedral Brass, a performing brass ensemble which works for the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the St. Andrew's Cathedral.  Led by Nicolas Palmer, it ranges from a quartet to nonet (9 member) brass ensemble accompanied by timpani and organ.  The St. Andrew's Cathedral Brass performs for special events at St. Andrew's Cathedral and for Diocesan masses such as the Sacrament of Confirmation.  In addition to performances with this group, Jonathan is regularly a guest musician at many area churches including LaGrave CRC, Plymouth Heights CRC, and Calvin CRC.


Jonathan lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Thea, and kids, Nora and Liam.  He enjoys backpacking, camping, motorcycling, mechanical work, cooking, and working on their 112 year old Eastown home.