Elisa Koehler (BM ’87, Trumpet, Music Education; DMA ’96, Conducting) will begin a new position in August 2019 as Music Department Chair and Professor of Music at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This spring she was elected Secretary of the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), and her article, “Deconstructing Arban: Perspectives on the Art of Phrasing,” appeared in the March 2019 issue of the ITG Journal.
Kate Amrine (MM ’17, Trumpet), currently freelancing in New York City and teaching as an adjunct instructor at New York University, just released her first album titled As I Am featuring new music for trumpet by women composers. This album includes a wide range of contemporary trumpet playing, from lyrical melodic lines to improvisation to extended techniques and singing.
The Peabody trumpet studio and alumni were well represented at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, Pa., May 31-June 3, 2017. Peabody trumpet faculty Joe Burgstaller headlined a recital honoring his teacher David Hickman as Hickman received the ITG’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was featured in front of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Dontae Winslow (BM ’97, MM ’99, Trumpet) was a star of the conference as he soloed and rapped when he was featured in front of The United States Army Blues. Winslow also presented a clinic entitled: “How to Succeed and Monopolize Every Opportunity in the Music Industry.” Elisa Koehler (BM ’87, Music Education, Trumpet; DMA ’96 Conducting), professor at Goucher College, presented a lecture recital “Arban at the Opera.” David “Buddy” Deshler (MM ’17, Trumpet) and Joshua Ganger (MM ’14, Trumpet) both performed and presented modern music solo works (that they commissioned) at the ITG’s New Works Event. Deshler presented his commission of Stefan Schuck’s “Sounds of the Wilderness” for flugelhorn and string quartet (the showpiece of his master’s recital at Peabody this past April). Ganger premiered the piano reduction version of his commission of James Stephenson’s Concerto for Piccolo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble (a work he performed in its original version with the Peabody Wind Ensemble under Harlan Parker this past February). Burgstaller will be a featured solo artist ITG’s 2018 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, May 29 – June 2, 2018, with his new performance piece “The Recital is Dead… Long Live the Recital!”
Alyssa Spratta John (MM ’14, Trumpet) won an audition and a spot in the Navy Fleet Band. She will be a member of the Band, after completion of boot camp. She was previously a finalist for both the Band of the Golden West (Air Force) and the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
Demarr Woods (MM 2009, GPD 2011 Trumpet) received University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. The Assistant Professor of Trumpet was given the award on the criteria that he demonstrated extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter; innovation in course and curriculum design; ability to inspire and mentor students through independent and creative thinking; and working work that enriches the scholarship of teaching and learning.