Summer and Fall 2022!

During the summer of 2022, Anne presented and published her research on “The History of Women Trumpet Professors.” Her presentation took place as part of the 2022 IWBC conference in Denton, Texas and her article was published by the International Trumpet Guild in their June 2022 issue. She is incredibly grateful to IWBC and ITG for their support of her research and to the many women who graciously provided their career information.

In July, Anne performed as a guest artist with the Brass Band of Central Illinois on two of their summer concerts. In addition to playing principal cornet and solo flugelhorn respectively, she performed H.L. Clarke’s “The Debutante” and the flugelhorn solo from “Gabriel’s Oboe” with the band.

Anne has several upcoming performances for the Fall 2022 semester, including:

  • September 9-10th Performing Flugelhorn with the Fountain City Brass Band: Fountain City Brass Band
  • Sunday September 25th I.S.U. Faculty Recital, 1 pm, Kemp Recital Hall
  • Thursday October 13th I.S.U. Special Concert, 7:30 pm, Kemp Recital Hall
  • Saturday October 22nd Heartland Festival Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Five Points Washington
  • Sunday October 30th I.S.U. Faculty Brass Quintet Recital, 6 pm, Kemp Recital Hall
  • December 10-11th Heartland Festival Orchestra & Peoria Ballet Nutcracker shows, Peoria Civic Center


A Year in Review

The 2021-2022 school year has been a whirlwind with lots of exciting things happening in the I.S.U. Trumpet Studio. Highlights include:

  • November 2021: Mark Inouye, Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony visited and presented a masterclass
  • January 2022: Grad student Seth Marshall competed in the semi-finals of the I.S.U. Orchestral Concerto Competition and grad student Katherine Shindledecker competed in the finals of the I.S.U. Band Concerto Competition.
  • March 2022: Jeri Blade, KT Freimuth, Seth Marshall, Christian McLaughlin, Katherine Shindledecker and Ryan Valdivia traveled to Newark, Delaware to compete in the National Trumpet Competition small ensemble division quarter-finals.
  • The studio was also visited virtually by Dr. Sarah Herbert of Western Kentucky University and Dr. Sarah Stoneback of Montana State University.

2022 National Trumpet Competition Trip

March 29-April 3rd, Six members of the I.S.U. Trumpet Studio traveled with
Dr. McNamara to the 2022 National Trumpet Competition in Newark, Delaware. On their way to the competition, they made a stop at University of Maryland College Park to get a coaching from Chris Gekker. The six students performed a work commissioned by Dr. McNamara and composed by I.S.U. composition faculty member, Dr. Roy Magnuson. The work, inspired by Schubert’s Erlkönig is entitled “through the night, dark and drear.” Jeri Blade, KT Freimuth, Seth Marshall, Christian McLaughlin, Katherine Shindledecker and Ryan Valdivia played beautifully! Katherine also performed beautifully in the graduate solo division semi-finals.

September 21, 2021 Recital

For those of you who missed it, Anne’s Fall 2021 faculty recital can be viewed here. The program included the first movement of the Adolphus Hailstork Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Cecilia McDowall’s “Framed,” Anthony Plog’s “Thoughts,” and Petr Eben’s “Windows for Trumpet and Organ.”

Fall 2021 Events

The fall 2021 semester is shaping up to be quite busy! Please make note of the following performances. I hope you’ll check them out!

September 21, 2021, Anne McNamara Faculty Recital, 8 pm I.S.U. CPA

October 2, 2021, Heartland Festival Orchestra Brass Quintet Performance in Donovan Park, Peoria, IL 10:30 am

October 14, 2021 I.S.U. Faculty Brass Quintet Recital, 8 pm I.S.U. CPA
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October 28, 2021 I.S.U. Immigrants Day Celebration, 12 pm I.S.U. Quad

November 6, 2021 Champaign Urbana Symphony, 7:30 pm
Concerto for 3 Trumpets, 2 oboes and Timpani by Telemann
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November 15, 2021 I.S.U. Wind Symphony Concert, 8 pm I.S.U. CPA
Peter Meechan’s “Lost Verses” for flugelhorn and wind symphony
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A New Avenue for Recital Live-Streams

On Tuesday September 22, 2020, Anne performed a special live-streamed faculty recital via YouTube live. Utilizing the technology of video game streamers, she hosted a screening of her fall faculty recital allowing for interaction with live chat of audience members. The recital included recorded performances of Valerie Langfield’s “In Retrospect,” Karen Tanaka’s “Silent Ocean,” Regina Harris Baiocchi’s “Miles per Hour” and Melody Eotvos’s “Light Form.” The live-stream also featured recorded program notes from several of the composers themselves.

Fall 2020 Guest Artists

The Illinois State University Trumpet studio is pleased to share that they will have several trumpet guest artists visiting studio class during this fall semester.

On September 8th and 10th, Judith Saxton will come and work with the trumpet students on solo repertoire and Alexander Technique.

On September 24th, Dr. Steven Cunningham, trumpet professor from Grambling State University will coach students on jazz improvisation and transcription and hold a Q&A on a professional career in trumpet.

On October 20th, trumpeter Ashley Killam will discuss the Institute for Composer Diversity and performing and programming underrepresented composers.

A Different Kind of Summer

All of us have had to make adjustments in our lives thanks to Covid-19. Unfortunately, several opportunities that Anne was invited to participate in were cancelled due to the pandemic such as her warm-up and Come Back Players masterclass at the International Trumpet Guild conference and her performances at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Assisi, Italy.

Anne will still be teaching at the University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute this year as the entire camp will be held online. For more information, please visit this site: UK Summer Trumpet Institute

An Exciting Spring Semester!

Lots of exciting things are taking place in the I.S.U. trumpet studio! Several students will be traveling to Mechanicsburg, PA next month to compete in the National Trumpet Competition! Please see the link below if you’d like to help them get there via their GoFundMe campaign.

I.S.U. National Trumpet Competition Trip

This month, Dr. McNamara accepted the assistant professor of trumpet position at I.S.U. meaning she will continue teaching at the university in a tenure track position.

In February, Anne will be performing on two concerts as part of the Red Note New Music Festival on Monday February 10th and Thursday February 13th.

On March 1st, the I.S.U. trumpet ensemble will be performing in the Afternoon of Brass concert at 5:00 pm in the CPA on campus.

In May, Dr. McNamara will be presenting two classes, a warm-up class and a masterclass for non-pro comeback players at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, OH.