(full-time: trumpet, theory, music history, aural skills, conducting)
518-381-1231 ext. 5
School of Music, Room 103
D.M.A., M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.M.E., Virginia Commonwealth
SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017
Dr. Allyson Keyser is an Assistant Professor of Trumpet at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. In addition to teaching several music courses, Dr. Keyser also directs the SUNY Schenectady Brass Ensemble and the SUNY Schenectady Summer Chamber Ensemble Camp for high school students. Prior to her appointment at SUNY Schenectady, Dr. Keyser taught trumpet, theory, aural skills, and coached brass ensembles at Virginia Commonwealth University as a sabbatical replacement for her former professor, Rex Richardson. She performed as principal trumpet of the Richmond Brass Consort, Commonwealth Winds, Richmond Symphonic Winds, Richmond Philharmonic, Greene City Brass Quintet, and played regularly with Market Street Brass Quintet. She received her bachelor’s in music education at Virginia Commonwealth University and her M.M. and D.M.A. in trumpet performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was a teaching assistant for five years. Her past trumpet teachers include Gary Gompers, Rex Richardson, Ed Bach, and Julius Schaikewitz.
Dr. Keyser currently performs as principal trumpet in the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, SUNY Schenectady Concert Brass Quintet, Albany Pro Musica, Burnt Hills Oratorio, and often performs with the Albany Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, and Glens Falls Symphony in addition to several local summer concert bands. She has given several trumpet masterclasses and conducting workshops at schools such as the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Virginia Commonwealth University, Guilderland High School, Maple Ave. Middle School, Freeman High School, Niskayuna High School, Shaker High School, and Skidmore College.
During the summer of 2015 Dr. Keyser entertained patrons at the Saratoga Race Course as a bugler for their summer season, including the famous Traver’s Day, and at Belmont Racetrack. She has been featured as a soloist with the Richmond Brass Consort, the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, the Johnstown Civic Band, the Memorial Concert Band of Colonie, the Schenectady Unitarian Society, First Reformed Church of Schenectady, and was featured with Rex Richardson at SUNY Schenectady’s 45th Anniversary Gala. Dr. Keyser performs as an active freelance musician and maintains a trumpet studio of all ages and levels in the Capital Region of New York.