Research and Projects

2024 Illinois Music Educators Conference
I.S.U. Faculty Brass Quintet Presentation Handout

How to Utilize Chamber Music to Strengthen Your Instrumental Music Program


Anne presented her research on the history of women trumpet professors at the 2022 International Womens Brass Conference in Denton, Texas on Wednesday May 25th. An article on this same topic was published by the International Trumpet Guild in June 2022.

Published Articles:

McNamara, Anne. “The History of Women Trumpet Professors.”
                         International Trumpet Guild 46, No.4 (June 2022): 6-15.

McNamara, Anne. “So Much Practice, So Little Time.”
                          International Trumpet Guild 40, No.1 (October 2015): 57.

ITG Youth Online Article:
Practice Journals: Confessions of an Aspiring Trumpeter

Works Commissioned:

Thoughts and Prayers (2023) by Roy Magnuson

Thoughts and Prayers is dedicated to raising awareness, donations and activism related to eliminating gun violence. Anne premiered the work at a local Moms Demand Action meeting in March 2023 and performed the work on her fall 2023 faculty recital. Please see media page for that performance.

through the night, dark and drear (2022) by Roy Magnuson

Hope is the Thing with Feathers for Trumpet Nonet (2021) by Harrison Collins 

A Winter’s Night for Flugelhorn and Piano (2016) by Kevin McKee 

Sonata for Flugelhorn and Piano (2015) by Carson Cooman 

Special Projects & Events

Governor’s Scholars Program, June-July 2016
Music Faculty & Extemporaneous Experiences Faculty

Anne McNamara’s class spent the summer exploring rhythm in its many forms and applications. Not only did they learn how to subdivide various rhythms and perform them, but the scholars also learned how to experience rhythm through unique ways such as performing traditional world drumming music, marching and performing an original cadence on their bucket drums in the Morehead Fourth-on-the-First parade, layering various rhythms in a minimalist composition and transcribing rhythms that they first learned by ear. Scholars also took a few trips which strengthened their comprehension of music theory and performance. A visit to the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music opened their eyes and ears to bluegrass, the time-honored music of their home state, and it granted them the opportunity to record a piece in a professional recording studio. They experienced first-hand the historic music of Trinidad through a steel drum concert and workshop. Scholars also learned how to apply their research skills in order to study Beethoven’s life and music prior to attending the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of his opera, Fidelio. The scholars challenged their skills through an unconducted performance of a chamber piece which incorporated aleatoric techniques in a minimalist compositional style.

In Extemporaneous Experiences, Anne McNamara’s scholars were challenged to step outside of their comfort zone in pursuit of an inventive approach to learning and life. Scholars gained inspiration from innovative thinkers in several different fields ranging from literature to physics and learned how to apply Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “flow” to their own creative process. Each week they took on a different outlet such as spoken word, freestyle rap, improv comedy, art and music and pushed themselves to create spontaneously. Not only did the scholars learn to stay present and in-the-moment, but they also discussed what constitutes true creativity and the value of creativity in our culture. Scholars learned about ground-breaking research using fMRI machines to study how our brains benefit and change through the practice of improvisation. Through their extemporaneous experiences, scholars gained confidence in public speaking and performance and reaped the benefits of being flexible.