TTU trumpet ensemble
About the TTU Trumpet Studio

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PURSUE YOUR PASSION FOR TRUMPET

If your passion is playing the trumpet, TTU offers you a wealth of performance experiences including the Golden Eagle Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony and Concert Bands, 2 Jazz Ensembles, and University Orchestra. As a trumpet major, you will also perform in the Trumpet Ensemble, a premiere performing group that performs many times throughout the year. Additionally, select students will gain professional level ensemble experience by performing with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

A LIVELY COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS

The philosophy of the TTU Trumpet studio is to strike a balance between creating a competitive environment with high standards of performance and maintaining a friendly and supportive atmosphere between all students. The 2016-17 year included the trumpet ensemble traveling to Denver, CO to compete in the 2017 National Trumpet Competition (NTC). TTU had individual student success with selections to the 2017 NTC solo competition and 2017 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) mock orchestral (1st place) and military band excerpt (2nd place) auditions. Additionally, 2 trumpet students in the Charles Faulkner Brass Quintet (TTU student group) were selected through competitive audition to perform in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2017 Chamber Music Institute with full-tuition fellowships.

In addition to Trumpet Ensemble rehearsals, students will have repertoire (Rep) classes that include seminars on performance anxiety, trumpet pedagogy, musical expression, and opportunities for students to perform.

Each year, trumpet students work with guest artists who are leaders in the music profession, both in classical and jazz performance. These guests perform, present masterclasses and share a myriad of information that stimulates discussion. Guest artists in the Fall of 2016 included Byron Stripling and Dr. Elisa Koehler. For more information on the TTU Trumpet Studio please like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TNTechTrumpet/

Tennessee Tech University

Tennessee Tech University is one of the finest places for the study of music in the Southeast!

  • All students applying for admission to the Department of Music must first apply to TTU for admission.
  • Students should complete the application process as soon as possible in the fall of the year before their proposed entrance to the University.
  • Early application is encouraged due to the University scholarship application annual deadline, December 15

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Audition for a music scholarship

2017-2018 Audition Dates & Requirements

JANUARY 26 | FEBRUARY 16 | MARCH 16

*Should circumstances prevent you from attending one of the scheduled audition days, please contact Dr. Colin J. Hill, cjhill@tntech.edu, for assistance. Online Audition Registration Form

 

Music Scholarship Information

MORE INFORMATION

Incoming Music Majors

Non-Music Majors

Students entering the university as non-music majors, but desiring to audition for ensemble service awards should email the University Ensemble Office, or call 931-372-3165, to make an appointment for a personal audition on campus.


Applying for University Scholarships

FAQs

Dr. R’s answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • WHY SHOULD I GO TO TTU?

There are many reasons I could mention why one should come to TTU for music, but I would say say one of the biggest factors would be that TTU is a student-centered institution. Students have access to faculty and support with issues in the classroom or assistance in a project, you will find faculty members eager to work with you. Tech is a great place for you to be challenged, encouraged and nurtured.

  • WHAT IS THE TRUMPET STUDIO LIKE?

As a member of the trumpet studio at TTU you will feel like you are part of a family. Students are very supportive of each other. Older students are particularly helpful to new students as they make the transition from high school to college.

  • WILL I HAVE HALF-HOUR OR HOUR LONG TRUMPET LESSONS?

All trumpet majors (Music Education and Music Performance) have one-hour weekly lessons. There are also 4-5 Rep Classes each semester where students discuss pedagogical issues and perform for each other.

  • WHAT ENSEMBLES MIGHT I PERFORM IN?

Students may perform in the TTU University Orchestra, the Concert Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and Marching Band. Select students may also be asked to perform in the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. There are also chamber music ensembles that are primarily formed by students and coached/taught by faculty. The Concert Band offers opportunities for music majors to gain valuable large ensemble experience performing on secondary instruments.

  • WHAT OTHER PERFORMANCES WILL I DO AS A TRUMPET MAJOR?

All trumpet students perform at least one solo in performance and in a trumpet ensemble recital each semester.

Trumpet students that are interested in auditioning/submitting to competitions will be assisted in their endeavors. Some trumpet competitions/auditions include: National Trumpet Competition, ITG Solo Competition, MTNA, and regional solo/chamber competitions.

Area churches provide many performing opportunities especially for Easter and Christmas services. Many students also perform in the professional brass band, the Southern Stars Brass Band, based in Crossville, TN.

  • IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GAIN ACTUAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE WHILE WORKING ON MY DEGREE?

Yes, some students teach private lessons and also serve as brass techs and drill instructors for high school band camps.

For additional questions feel free to contact me at: rrodriquez@tntech.edu

All-Star Instrumental Symposium

TTU Symposium Trumpet Handout — DOWNLOAD

2016 Symposium

2016 Symposium

All-Star Instrumental Symposium | Fri., Nov. 18, 2016

Tennessee Tech hosts nearly 400 high school students for this annual event, which is on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 (annually the Friday before Thanksgiving). During the day, students have the opportunity to meet with TTU faculty to discuss auditioning, technique and performance, and to work together as an ensemble. The day ends with a concert featuring all of the ensembles.

Festival of Winds

Festival of Winds & Percussion
Thur. – Sat., February 9 – 11, 2017

This is an honor band weekend for high school students which creates an atmosphere of learning and sharing between high school and college students and conductors from the six-state region. The annual event brings the nation’s finest conductors and composers to the TTU campus.

FOWAP 2017