From left to right: Bryce Kelley, Matthew McCann, Jake Morrissey, Benjamin L'Ecuyer, and Todd DuBrey
The SUNY Schenectady Trumpet Ensemble, directed by Dr. Allyson Keyser, Associate Professor in the School of Music, has been selected to participate in the 44th
Annual International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference in Miami, Fla., from July 9 through July 13. The SUNY Schenectady ensemble was the only group of students from a community college selected to perform. The group was chosen after submitting recordings this spring. This is the first time that SUNY Schenectady students are participating in the ITG Conference, which features New Works Recitals, the Festival of Trumpets, master classes, recitals, concerts, and ensemble sessions.
On Saturday, July 13, during the busiest day of the conference, the SUNY Schenectady students will perform the prelude to a recital by world-renowned jazz trumpeter Sean Jones, and will be playing the first movement to Cityscapes
by Eric Morales, an arrangement of Amazing Grace
written by Marcus Grant, one of Dr. Keyser's former students from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a new work by Dylan Canterbury, SUNY Schenectady School of Music Faculty member, called Reflections in Jazz and Blues.
Following their performance, Dr. Keyser will perform in the Festival of Trumpets concert with other trumpet professors from around the world.
“I have wanted to show off the talent and hard work of my trumpet students on an international stage for many years,” said Dr. Keyser (shown at right). “I had a strong feeling that the students this year would help make it possible. They have worked so hard for this and have performed many times both on and off campus in the past year, and rehearsed multiple times a week. In addition to their performance in front of thousands, the educational lectures and inspiring performances they will attend at the International Trumpet Guild Conference will be life-changing for them, as it was for me at their age. I cannot wait to share this experience together.”
Brett Wery, Dean of the School of Music, noted the importance of the group being chosen to perform at the international conference. “Our students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with students, professors, and professionals from around the world,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase SUNY Schenectady’s excellent instruction and impressive student achievement before an international audience.”