Illinois State University trumpet studio members hone their professionalism through the development of musicianship.
Each trumpet major has one lesson per week with the trumpet professor and is part of a group master class once a week. The lessons work on musicianship, technique, sound and other fundamentals.
Master classes include presentations given by the professor or a guest artist covering various topics such as breathing, how to practice, etc., provide performance opportunities for trumpet students, and serve as rehearsal time for the trumpet ensemble. Master classes are provided to the students in the trumpet studio one to two-times per week.
If you are a performance major, you will need a professional line Bb flat trumpet, a C trumpet, and eventually a piccolo trumpet. As a music education major, you will need a professional line Bb and a professional line C if you perform in our top band, the orchestra, or brass quintet. Music therapy, music business, composition, and B.A./B.S. majors will need a professional line Bb trumpet.
In addition to the above requirements, one must prepare 4 orchestra excerpts from the standard trumpet orchestral repertoire.
Note: All students auditioning for acceptance into the B.M. in Jazz Studies sequence must complete two separate auditions: one classical audition on your instrument (see each studio’s requirements) and also a jazz audition (requirements listed below.)
Note: For numbers 2 and 3 above, students may use a play-along device of their choosing if desired such as “I-Real Pro” or they may choose to play unaccompanied.
Every year Professor Gilreath tries to bring professional trumpet artists to campus to give students a “dose of the real life.” "I feel that it is very important for my students to hear and interact with trumpet artists who are in the field."
Through the years guests have included: