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.


Marie Speziale Visit!

The I.S.U. Trumpet Studio was thrilled to host trumpet legend Marie Speziale on Monday September 23rd and 24th. Ms. Speziale worked with some of the students on orchestral excerpts and coached all of the members of the studio on their trumpet ensemble music. We hope she’ll be back sometime soon!

Fall 2019 Events


Anne will be performing with the Heartland Festival Orchestra on Saturday September 21st. For more information, please visit:


She will be giving a faculty recital at Illinois State University on Sunday October 6th at 3 pm in Kemp Hall. On Sunday October 20th, the ISU brass studios will be giving a combined Afternoon of Bass concert at 3 pm in Kemp hall.


On Monday November 5th, Anne will be performing with the ISU Faculty Brass quintet at 8 pm in Kemp hall.


An Exciting Summer 2019

Anne will be moving to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois later this summer because she will be the new instructional assistant professor of trumpet at Illinois State University!

On May 25, 2019 she’ll perform a recital at the International Women’s Brass Conference. For more information, please check out: IWBC 2019

June 3-6th Anne will be on faculty at the Campbellsville University Chamber Music Camp. For more information, please check out: CU Chamber Music Camp

June 10-13th she’ll be on faculty at the University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute. For more information, please check out: UK Summer Trumpet Institute 2019