University of Kentucky Online Summer Trumpet Institute

The fourth annual University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute (UKSTI) was held June 8–11, 2020, hosted by Jason Dovel, associate professor in the UK School of Music. Due to COVID-19 related social distancing, this year's event was held online. More than 75 participants from Europe, Australia, Central America, and the United States participated in the four-day event.

Two concurrent events were hosted, the main camp, geared toward high school, college, and adult trumpeters, and the junior trumpet institute, a program for middle-school students. Throughout the week four simultaneous "rooms" of instruction were held, moderated and hosted by Jason Dovel, Allie Woodbury, Samuel Oliveri, and Javier Salinas.

John Foster, Director of Australian Baroque Brass, demonstrates the demi lume trumpet

Highlights for Monday included a warm-up session by Kyle Millsap, a master class by Vince DiMartino, breakout sessions on Baroque trumpet, orchestral excerpts, jazz improvisation, and solo performance. International Trumpet Guild President Grant Peters hosted a class, "A Conversation with ITG President Grant Peters" and the day concluded with a concert/presentation by Vince DiMartino and John Foster, "Sound the Trumpets," in which they performed and explained the history of the trumpet, from animal shells to early valve prototypes and modern instruments.

ITG President Grant Peters presented "A Conversation with ITG President Grant Peters" 

Tuesday morning included sessions by Caleb Hudson and Anne McNamara. The afternoon again had a vast array of breakout sessions, including Samuel Oliveri's "Grit and Resilience" topical class, which was well-attended. Tuesday concluded with a panel discussion, "Finding Your Place in the Music World: Auditions, Marketing, Social Media, and Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Trumpeter."

Dr. Marisa Youngs from Winthrop University works with high school students

Wednesday included sessions by John Foster and Gabriel DiMartino, followed by another afternoon of breakout sessions and a variety of options taught by Josh Reed, Stephen Campbell, Anne McNamara, and Gabriel DiMartino. The day concluded by a master class by Jason Dovel, "Popcorn Pedagogy."

Caleb Hudson

The final day featured a master class by Ryan Gardner. The afternoon featured several specialized topical classes: Marc Reed presented "Tips for Pursuing and Winning a Position in College Teaching" and Human Biomechanics specialist David Wolfe presented "Anatomy and Physiology of Trumpet Playing." The event concluded with a lively panel discussion by all faculty.

Vince DiMartino

The Junior Camp returned for its second year, hosting 6th through 8th graders. Through the online platform they were exposed to a variety of topics such as jazz, warm up techniques, fundamentals, sight reading, and more. The online platform allowed junior campers to have an interactive experience with the faculty members and keep a positive learning environment with one another. When not learning from the guest artists, they worked with UK teaching assistant Allie Woodbury.

Ryan Gardner

Faculty and Staff for UKSTI 2020 included:

Caleb Hudson, Canadian Brass & University of North Texas
Vince DiMartino, International Soloist (formerly UK/Centre College)
John Foster, Australian Baroque Brass
Ryan Gardner, University of Colorado-Boulder
Marc Reed, University of Akron
Kyle Millsap, Texas A&M Kingsville
Josh Reed, University of Nevada-Reno
Anne McNamara, Illinois State University
Stephen Campbell, Ball State University
Marisa Youngs, Winthrop University
Jason Crafton, Virginia Tech
Grant Peters, Missouri State University
Gabriel DiMartino, East Carolina University
Steve Siegel, Western Colorado University
David Wolfe, PhD Human Biomechanics candidate, IUPUI
Allie Woodbury, UKSTI General Manager and junior camp coordinator
Jenna Veverka, junior camp faculty
Javier Salinas, staff/room moderator
Samuel Oliveri, staff/room moderator
Jason Dovel, University of Kentucky and UKSTI Director

(Source: Allie Woodbury, Samuel Oliveri, Javier Salinas, Teaching Assistants at the University of Kentucky)

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