John Powlison, a junior Music Education major in the Department of Music, placed third in the undergraduate solo division of the National Trumpet Competition.
To reach this point, John was first selected as one of forty-five semifinalists out of a field of approximately one hundred who submitted a recording. After performing on Saturday, he was then selected as one of six semifinalists and performed again Sunday for new judges and placed third. In addition to the recognition of being placed, John also earned $750 in cash as a prize. John is a student of Dr. Kevin Eisensmith.
The IUP Trumpet ensemble, under the direction of Dr. David Ferguson, also played extremely well. All students who attended the event learned a great deal through performances and clinics.