TrumpetFest 2018 is scheduled for February 16 and 17 and will feature
performances by IUP trumpet students, plus faculty and guest
artist Judith Saxton.
The programs being presented during the weekend include:
Student Recital: Anastazia Hall and Akane Hanson, trumpets
Faculty Trumpet Recital: Kevin Eisensmith
Guest Artist Clinic: Judith Saxton
Trumpet Studio Recital
Student Recital: David Saylor (trumpet) and Alex Edwards (clarinet)
Guest Artist Recital: Judith Saxton
All events will be held in Gorell Recital Hall in the John Sutton Building, and are free and open to the general public.
Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet professor at IUP, will present a recital of music for trumpet on Friday evening, February 16, at 8:00 pm. Assisting will be Sun Min Kim, assistant professor of Piano in the Department of Music. Eisensmith will perform works by Torelli, Kevin McKee, Robert Bradshaw, and others.
Judith Saxton will present a clinic on Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 and a recital that evening at 8:00. Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist.” In addition to her performing and teaching, she offers Alexander Technique lessons and group seminars for a variety of populations globally.
As a recitalist, Saxton has performed in the UK, China, Finland, Brazil, and Italy and concertizes nationally with Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano, with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Concert and Contest Pieces for Trumpet, distributed globally to the International Trumpet Guild membership. As principal and soloist, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and is on the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, North Carolina) faculty, with which she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with an array of orchestral and chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard of the US, and she offers master classes at conservatories, festivals, and conferences worldwide as a Conn-Selmer clinician.
Previously, Saxton was principal and soloist with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Illinois, Wichita, and Key West symphonies, Chicago Chamber Orchestra; guest principal for St. Louis, and extra for Chicago Symphony.
Saxton has recorded as a chamber musician on over 10 labels. Recently, she was a founding member, featured soloist, and principal solo cornet for North Carolina Brass Band’s 2014 debut CD First in Flight and 2016 Christmas Wrapped in Brass CD. Most recently, she taught 10 years at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as trumpet artist/faculty and brass/percussion chair. Prior to her time in North Carolina, she was tenured associate professor at Wichita State University.
She is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and offers Skype Trumpet and Alexander Technique lessons through her “Free Flow” studio. Her students can be found performing and teaching around the world. More can be discovered at the Judith Saxton website.
All of these programs are free and open to the general public. For more information about these and other events sponsored by the IUP Music Department, please call 724-357-2390 or visit the Music Department website.