Concordia to Host Trumpet Summit
Mar 01, 2011When regional trumpet students gather for an annual summit March 5, they will have an opportunity to learn from some of the most esteemed professionals in their field. One of the guest clinicians is professor James Thompson from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Peter Knudsvig, associate professor of trumpet at Concordia and organizer of the fourth annual Regional Upper Midwest Performance and Educational Trumpet Summit which will take place at Concordia, says Thompson is in an elite group. “As a classical trumpet player he is one of only a handful,” Knudsvig says.
In addition to being one of the clinicians, Thompson is the soloist for the premiere of “Concordia Variations,” a Gregory Pascuzzi piece that was commissioned for the event. Twelve students from the trumpet studios of the sponsoring colleges will perform the piece during the Festival Concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Buxton/Hanson Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music. The group has also been selected to perform at the annual conference of the International Trumpet Guild in May.
“This event helps teach students that there is a certain fellowship among trumpet players,” Knudsvig says. “In all environments you learn from your peers, and this gives students a chance to work with them directly.” Colleges who sponsor the event include Minot State University, Jamestown State University, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University Moorhead, University of Minnesota – Duluth, Bemidji State University and Concordia.
The Festival Concert is free and the public is invited to attend.