IUP Trumpet Ensemble Selected to Perform at 2017 ITG Conference

Posted on 4/26/2017 4:58:44 PM

The IUP Trumpet Ensemble has been selected as one of only 15 collegiate trumpet ensembles to perform at the 2017 Conference for the International Trumpet Guild. The conference will be held from May 30 through June 3 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

IUP Trumpet Ensemble Spring 2017The ensemble will perform two works: a James Olcott arrangement of Kim Andre Arnesen’s “Even When He is Silent,” and the premiere performance of a work written by David Ferguson, assistant dean of the IUP College of Fine Arts. Titled “A Joyful Noise,” Ferguson’s work is composed around the hymn tune “The Old 100th,” combined with elements reminiscent of Bozza, Vaughan-Williams, and Jack Stamp (and other IUP influences).

“The Vaughan-Williams trumpet descant on this tune is particularly featured, because it was one of the first pieces I played publicly as a young soloist with an excellent church choir,” said Ferguson. “With these influences and melodic elements, I have tried to create an interesting and lively take on an already beloved and stately tradition that this piece enjoys in order to embody and invoke the text of the 100th Psalm itself to ‘make a joyful noise...’”

Thirteen students, led by Kevin Eisensmith and Ferguson, will attend the conference. This is the sixth time since Eisensmith began teaching at IUP in 1998 that the IUP Trumpet Ensemble has been selected to perform at an ITG conference. Earlier performances include:

  • 2000 SUNY Purchase
  • 2003 Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
  • 2006 Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • 2009 Harrisburg, PA
  • 2014 Valley Forge, PA

For more information about the conference, visit the International Trumpet Guild website.

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