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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

University Visits and Music Scholarship Auditions

So you want to study music after high-school?  There are some things you (and your parents) should know about Northwest Missouri State University:
  • Northwest is a fantastic school for future music educators.  Our graduates teach instrumental, vocal, string, and elementary music at first-rate schools throughout the midwest.  Our new Bachelor of Music Education degree (BME) is designed to strengthen an already strong program.
  • We offer competitive music performance scholarships to qualified students, regardless of major.  These are in addition to academic awards and federal financial aid.
  • Northwest offers financial benefits beyond scholarships as well.  All of our ensembles are available for "Activity Credit" (NO tuition cost); the Northwest textbook rental program can save students between $800-1,000 per year; and there are no hidden costs beyond tuition like applied lesson "fees."
I highly recommend that prospective students visit campus during a school day to take an official campus tour, sit-in with ensembles/classes, and take a free trumpet lesson.  This is really the best way to get a feel for the students, faculty, and general character of the campus.

For more information, please visit Northwest Admissions to apply to our fine university.  Music performance scholarship information can be found here.  For specific information about trumpet study at Northwest, please contact Dr. William Richardson (660-562-1316, billr@nwmissouri.edu).

Saturday, October 16, 2010

2010 Midwest Trumpet Festival

The 2nd annual Midwest Trumpet Festival, again hosted by Todd Hastings at Pittsburg State University, took place on October 10-11, 2010.  Northwest students Brittany Terwey and Rachel Sneed participated in the festival, which featured clinicians Dr. Joel Treybig (Belmont University), Mr. Al Hood (University of Denver), Dr. Todd Hastings (Pittsburg State University), Mr. Tito Carillo (University of Illinois), Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin (University of Missouri), Mr. Billy Hunter (Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra), Mr. John Sneider (Jazz Recording Artist and Composer/Arranger), Mr. Steve Leisring (University of Kansas), and Dr. William Richardson (Northwest Missouri State University).

Billy Hunter, co-principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra, was featured as a guest recitalist.  In addition, he presented a master class with trumpeters from the University of Missouri, the University of Kansas, and Northwest Missouri State University.  Northwest student participation in this year's festival was made possible through generous undergraduate research support from Dr. Charles McAdams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at our fine institution.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September, 2010 Trumpet Activities at Northwest

We have had a busy September in the trumpet studio!  Latvian trumpeter Jānis Porietis performed a guest recital on September 26th and William Richardson performed his faculty trumpet recital on September 7.  Here are two videos from the latter:

Franceschini "Sonata for Two Trumpets" (with trumpeter Matt Vangjel and pianist Charles Badami)

"K-7" by Latvian composer Inga Meijere

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ah, summer...

It's mid-July and we're in the "dog days of summer."  For those of us not able to attend the I.T.G. Conference in Australia last week (I understand it was fantastic, btw), just pull your trumpet out of the case, dust-off the mouthpiece, and play something beautiful!

Many of the "Trumpet Recordings" posted are wonderful pieces for high-school and university trumpet players.  They are available, free of charge, courtesy of a 2007 Dean's Research Assistance Award granted by Dr. Charles McAdams, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwest Missouri State University.

If you are a fan of brass chamber music, check-out the Brass Quintet Literature article from the January, 2004, I.T.G. Journal Jr. publication.  No matter your age or experience-level, it's always a great idea to form a group and have fun playing great music!

More to come.  Until then, ENJOY!