TrumpetFest 2016 is scheduled for February 18 through 21 and will feature performances by IUP trumpet students and faculty and guest artist Dr. Joseph Nibley.
The programs being presented during the weekend include:
8:00 p.m. Richard Williams / Nate McMahon (sax)
6:00 p.m. Michael Helwig / Max Klauscher (horn)
8:00 p.m. Dr. Kevin Eisensmith, IUP Faculty Trumpet Recital
2:00 p.m. clinic by Dr. Joseph Nibley ("How to Find Recital Music")
4:00 p.m. Trumpet Studio Recital
6:00 p.m. Emily Brown / Ryan Gross
8:00 p.m. Dr. Joseph Nibley, Guest Artist Trumpet Recital
1:00 p.m. Roxanne Person / Ryan Gerney (clarinet)
All events will be held in Gorell Recital Hall in the John Sutton Building and are free and open to the general public.
Kevin Eisensmith, trumpet professor at IUP, will present a recital of music for trumpet on Friday evening, February 19, at 8:00 p.m. Assisting will be Henry Wong Doe, Associate Professor of Piano, and Jacquelyn Kuehn, Instructor of Piano in the Department of Music. Christian Dickinson, Professor of Trombone, will perform Eric Ewazen's "An Elizabethan Songbook" with Eisensmith. Keith Young will accompany Eisensmith on his arrangement of a medley of two hymn tunes: "Be Thou My Vision" and "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."
Joseph Nibley will present a clinic on Saturday, February 20, at 2:00 p.m. and a recital that evening at 8:00 p.m. Nibley is the Principal Trumpet with the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and is an active freelancer in the greater Tallahassee, Florida, area.
Additionally, Nibley serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at the University of South Alabama. Nibley recently earned his Doctor of Music degree at The Florida State University. He can be heard on the Naxos Label on the 2014 Florida State University Symphony Orchestra's recording of Ernst von Dohnanyi's Symphony No. 2. He has also recorded with the University of Michigan's iconic Symphony Band on two albums on the Equilibrium Label--Artifacts (2012) and Points of Departure (2013)--both of which feature him as soloist.
New music is a strong passion for Nibley, and he has premiered a number of works by composers including Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, Benjamin Taylor, and Stephenson. Recently, Nibley commissioned a sonata from Stephenson as a part of Nibley's dissertation research on the commissioning process and for use on upcoming tours to the western and southern United States. The sonata was premiered November 3, 2014.
All of these programs are free and open to the general public. For more information about these and other events sponsored by the IUP Music Department, please call 724-357-2390.