FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Trumpeters blow into Slippery Rock University for Saturday program
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The piercing sounds of trumpets will be heard throughout the day Saturday when Slippery Rock University hosts "Trumpet Day," a full day of instruction and master classes featuring some of the music world's best trumpet experts.
The program, organized by Stephen Hawk, SRU associate professor of music and one of the day's featured performers, opens at noon in Swope Music Hall.
Among those who will perform and teach are Scott Johnson, professor of trumpet at the University of Akron and principal trumpet with the Akron and Canton (Ohio) symphony orchestras; Vince DiMartino, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and now a Distinguished Matton Professor of Music at Centre College; and George Vosburgh, principal trumpet with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
DiMartino will be featured in a solo concert at 5 p.m. in Swope.
"This year, we have arranged for participants to hear and talk with some of the current era's best, internationally known trumpet players," Hawk said. "The day will include demonstrations, critiques and back-and-forth discussions with those attending the program and our expert trumpeters. Participants will particularly enjoy talking with Vince and will find him an amazing and funny musician. He is a very influential teacher and player and has recorded a number of solo CDs as well as sessions with the era's top entertainers."
Regional college, university and high school students, trumpet teachers, music directors, professional musicians and those interested in trumpet will attend.
The SRU Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Hawk, Carnegie Mellon Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Neal Bernsten, and the Duquesne University Brass Quintets, directed by Vosburgh, will perform.
Johnston has performed with the Madison Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, at the Grand Teton Festival and with the Blossom Festival Band in Ohio. He organized and hosted the 1993 International Trumpet Guild Conference and has organized and hosted three Ohio Chapter ITG Conferences. He has served as principal trumpet and brass coordinator for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
DiMartino formerly taught at the University of Kentucky. At Centre, he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles along with jazz history. Equally known as a jazz artist, DeMartino has recorded with a number of major bands, including the Lionel Hampton Band, Chuck Mangione Band and Clark Terry Band. He has been a member of the artist-faculty of the Skidmore Jazz Institute since its 1988 inception. He is chair of the board of directors of the National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.
Vosburgh has performed at the Bonn Festival at Rolandsek, the Ravinia Festival and the Curs International de Musica in Valencia, Spain. In 1985, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded him the "Best New Classical Artist" honor for his work on Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" performed with Chicago Pro Musica. He was the principal trumpet at the World Orchestra for Peace, directed by Valery Gergiev, and is a Bavarian Radio International Music Competition award winner. He records on the Four Winds label.
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