Anne McNamara will be the Instructional Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Illinois State University beginning in Fall 2019. Previously, Anne served as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Campbellsville University where she taught trumpet, conducted the CU Trumpet Ensemble and CU Brass Ensemble and taught several academic classes. Prior to her appointment at CU, Dr. McNamara was the primary trumpet instructor at the University of Utah as the first Raymond C. Morales Postdoctoral fellow in the School of Music. In addition to her duties at CU, Dr. McNamara works regularly as a freelance trumpeter throughout the state of Kentucky including performances with the Louisville Orchestra and Louisville Master Chorale. 

In addition to performing, Dr. McNamara also actively pursues the commission and performance of new works such as her commission of Carson Cooman’s Sonata for Flugelhorn and Piano and the adaptation of Kevin McKee’s A Winter’s Night. She is also very active as a clinician and educator giving many university and high school masterclasses each year. Anne performed a recital at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference and she presented a warm-up masterclass at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild conference in San Antonio, TX. In 2016 Dr. McNamara was the music faculty member for the prestigious Governor’s Scholars Program at their Morehead campus. 

Dr. McNamara earned a BM in Music Education and a Jazz Studies minor from James Madison University, a MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a DMA in Trumpet Performance from the University of Maryland. Her primary trumpet teachers include Chris Gekker, Steve Hendrickson, Dr. Michael Ewald, Ronald Romm, Tito Carrillo, and Jim Kluesner. Dr. McNamara is a Yamaha Performing Artist.