SOUTH TEXAS TRUMPET WORKSHOP

ARTISTS

2018

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VINCE DIMARTINO is one of the most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino had taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He is distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.

Vince DiMartino is equally known as a jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles.

He has served twice as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of The National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.

Mr. DiMartino has been soloist with many symphony orchestra including Cincinnati, Buffalo, Sante Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He also appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops on their Summer Tour ‘99 and a national television broadcast of the same. Mr. DiMartino is also prominently featured on some of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s most recent recordings including, “Mancini’s Greatest Hits,” “Bond and Beyond,” “Big Hit Parade,” and ”Hollywood’s Greatest Hits.”

Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.

He is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. Vince DiMartino is the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the State of Kentucky.

2017

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JUDITH 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. 

She is on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke symphonies and an array of chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to ardently promote, co-commission and premiere new works around the world. She regularly offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences around the globe as a Conn-Selmer clinician. Recently she was guest faculty for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and Central Conservatory in Beijing and offered master classes to Shanghai Conservatory and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil students. She is a sought-after soloist for many orchestras and bands in the US and abroad.

Ms. Saxton concertizes nationally with her UNCSA colleagues Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Contest and Concert Pieces for Trumpet – issued worldwide by the International Trumpet Guild. As principal, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and was principal solo cornet for the North Carolina Brass Band and  featured soloist on their 2014 debut CD First in Flight. Their second CD: Christmas Wrapped in Brass is released in August, 2016.

Previously Ms. Saxton was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony, and an extra for Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Harrisburg Symphonies. She was principal with the New York Women’s Ensemble, Artist Faculty for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland, and she was University of North Carolina School of the Arts Trumpet Artist/Faculty and served as the Brass/Percussion Chair during her 10-year tenure. She was  Associate Professor at Wichita State University and taught previously at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities.

For several seasons, she was Principal and Soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies. She was also an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony and brass quintet and in demand for numerous shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands and combos. Chamber credits include Southeast Chamber Brass, Wichita Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. She has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2. Other recordings are with Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR Classics and Moravian Music Foundation labels.

Ms. Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, ITG and served several terms for the National Trumpet Competition, International Women’s Brass Conference and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway.

She is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, (ATI) and incorporates these helpful principles into her university and festival presentations. Observation, awareness and ease of movement are integral to her trumpet playing and teaching; she aims to embody these precepts in all her interactions.

Her students can be found performing and teaching around the globe.

2016

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STANLEY FRIEDMAN'S music has been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and by major soloists in festivals around the world. His opera HYPATIA (premiered in concert at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts) earned praise as orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich" [(NZ) Opera News]. The (NZ) Dominion identified Friedman as "…a significant new opera composer."
 
Widely known for his music for brass, Friedman has received awards and commissions from the International Trumpet Guild, the International Horn Society, the International Trombone Association and many leading soloists and ensembles. His SOLUS for unaccompanied trumpet is a world success and has been designated required contemporary repertoire" for major international solo competitions. Friedman's works are published by EDITIONS BIM (Switzerland), SUBITO MUSIC and ASHER ROSE MUSIC (USA), ANTES EDITION (Germany)and are recorded on multiple labels.
 
A YAMAHA TRUMPET ARTIST, Friedman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held principal positions with the New Zealand Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. His solo CD The Lyric Trumpet (ODE #1327) won Best Classical Recording of 1989 honors at the New Zealand Music Awards and has been critically acclaimed in leading publications. Friedman has presented solo recitals and master-classes throughout the U.S. and abroad and often is called upon to conduct concerts and recordings of his music.
 
Born in 1951, Friedman earned a doctorate in composition at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to his composing, performing and conducting, Friedman has held faculty positions at universities around the world.

2015

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CHARLES SCHLUETER grew up in Du Quoin, Illinois. He started playing the trumpet at the age of ten and studied with Charles Archibald, Donald Lemasters, Melvin Siener, and Edward Brauer, before attending the Juilliard School, where his mentor was William Vacchiano, then principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic.

In 2006 Schlueter retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he had been principal trumpet for 25 years. This culminated a career of over 45 years of orchestral playing. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony he was principal trumpet in the Kansas City Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and associate principal in the Cleveland Orchestra.

Mr Schlueter has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a soloist, appearing both in recital and with orchestras in France, Brazil, Japan, as well as in the United States under directors such as Seiji Ozawa, Neville Marriner, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, and Naohiro Totsuka.

In addition to being on the faculty of the New England Conservatory since 1981, Mr Schlueter was a guest faculty member at the University of Connecticut in 2007 and 2008. He is in demand as a teacher both in the US and abroad and has held master classes in Europe, Canada, Japan, and South America. In 1988 Schlueter helped create the Northeastern Brazil Brass Master Classes in Joao Pessoa; this series was subsequently expanded to include other areas in Brazil. For several years beginning in 1995 Mr Schlueter was visiting professor at Sakuyo University, in Kurashiki, Japan where in addition to teaching has given recitals with pianist Yasuo Watanabe and has appeared as soloist with the University’s Wind Ensemble.

Charles Schlueter can be heard on most Boston Symphony recordings made since 1981. Since 1994 he has made several solo recordings.

The Charles Schlueter Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2001. It is a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging communication among brass players and to advancing the level of performance, teaching and literature associated with brass instruments.
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DAVID SPENCER enjoys an international reputation of excellence as musician, teacher and conductor that crosses musical genres from orchestral and chamber music to jazz and pop music performance. He has held the position Principal trumpet with several orchestras around the world including the Seoul Philharmonic, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (NY) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias in Spain. He is a founding member of The Memphis Brass Quintet and tours frequently as soloist and guest artist throughout the world, most recently premiering the Rhapsody in Blue for Trumpet and Orchestra with the Jiangsu Philharmonic in China, the Dallas Wind Symphony and at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. He was soloist at the 2009 and 2010 Carlos Gomes festival in Brazil performing with the Campinas Symphony and is a regular guest at trumpet conferences in Asia and South America. Dr. Spencer also performed the premiere of Christian Lindberg’s powerful concerto, Akbank Bunka rescored for wind ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA Southern Convention. David Spencer has earned degrees from The Florida State University and the University of North Texas and his teachers have include Bryan Goff, Keith Johnson and Vincent Penzarella.

Host Faculty Artists

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KYLE MILLSAP is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet & Jazz at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he oversees all aspects of the trumpet program, as well as the TAMUK trumpet ensembles and jazz trumpet ensemble, directs Jazz Band 3, and performs as principal trumpet in the Kingsville Brass Quintet. He maintains a varied performing career, ranging from orchestral and chamber to jazz and commercial, and performing on concerts and recitals throughout North America and Europe. He has performed with such artists as The Temptations, Mannheim Steamroller, Johnny Mathis, Al Kapone, and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, as well as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica UANL (Monterrey, Mexico), Eroica Ensemble, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Corinth Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of the Delta, and the Memphis Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at halftime for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, the Elvis Presley 35th Anniversary concert, and been seen on BET television. Dr. Millsap has performed for several national tours and regional premieres of musical theater productions. He has been a featured soloist with the Corpus Christi Wind Symphony and the TAMUK Wind Symphony.

He serves as Artist Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, International Trumpet Guild, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Jazz Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lamba.

Dr. Millsap is a Yamaha Performing Artist, as well as an artist for Torpedo Bags.
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MELISSA MILLSAP is Lecturer of Trumpet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she teaches studio trumpet, co-directs the TAMUK Trumpet Ensemble, and is a member of the Kingsville Brass Quintet. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Louisville.

Melissa has performed recitals throughout the southern United States. She has also performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Repertory Orchestra, and the Eroica Ensemble. In 2013, she performed at the International Horn Symposium and in 2007, she performed at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Killarney, Ireland as a member of the International Youth Wind Orchestra. She has performed in professional musical productions and has been heard as a performer on WKNO’s Live Lunch series in Memphis, TN and on WUOL in Louisville, KY.

Melissa has premiered and commissioned several new works for trumpet. Her performance of these works is featured on the album Scatter the Darkness: New Music of Stanley Friedman. She can be heard on the album Jazz Nocturne: American Concertos of the Jazz Age, released on the Naxos label, and with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra on their recordings Dvorak & Tchaikovsky and Voyagers.

Her primary teachers have included Dr. Lee Weimer, Malcolm McDuffee, Dr. Stanley Friedman, Ryan Anthony, Scott Moore and Dr. Michael Tunnell.
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For more information, contact:
TAMUK Department of Music
MSC 174, 700 University Blvd
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
kyle.millsap@tamuk.edu

Physical address:
Bellamah Music Building
905 Engineering Ave
Kingsville, TX 78363