2019 University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute

The University of Kentucky (UK) hosted the third annual Summer Trumpet Institute (UKSTI) June 10-13, 2019, in Lexington, KY.

Over 70 trumpeters from around the United States attended this four-day residential camp. The event was hosted and directed by Jason Dovel, associate professor of trumpet at UK. The camp was largely held in Holmes Hall, UK's arts living-learning residential facility, with additional events in the Singletary Center for the Arts and Fine Arts Building.

Jens Lindemann presents a master class

This year’s institute faculty included Jens Lindemann (International Soloist, UCLA), Vince DiMartino (International Soloist), Douglas Lindsay (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Jason Dovel (UK), Josh Reed (Santa Clara University/Univ of Nevada-Reno), Ryan Gardner (Oklahoma State University/Univ. of Colorado), Grant Peters (Missouri State University), Gabriel DiMartino (East Carolina University), Brian Walker (Tarleton State University), Anne MacNamara (Campbellsville University/Illinois State University), Jason Crafton (Virginia Tech), Stephen Campbell (Ball State University), Steven Siegel (Western Colorado University), and Marisa Youngs (Winthrop University).

Vince DiMartino, Jens Lindemann, David Vest, Josh Reed, and Gabriel DiMartino perform in a jazz session

The institute consisted of daily warm-up classes, topical master classes, and recitals by faculty members. New topical presentations this year included a “LipCam” master class by Jason Dovel, an Ultrasound Research Presentation by Marisa Youngs, a presentation on mouthpiece pressure (including live demonstrations with Vince DiMartino and Brian Walker) by Taylor Gustad, and a build-your-own hosaphone workshop.

Marisa Youngs (Winthrop Univ.) presents a live ultrasound demonstration of a participant's tongue position

In addition, campers could choose from specialized classes in solo performance, jazz improvisation, Baroque (natural) trumpet, and orchestral excerpts. Daily performance opportunities included trumpet ensemble rehearsals and open, performance based masterclasses. Major concerts included a jazz night (Monday) featuring Jens Lindemann, Vince DiMartino, Josh Reed, Gabriel DiMartino, and the UK faculty jazz trio, two faculty gala recitals featuring all faculty members (Tuesday and Wednesday), and a closing concert (Thursday) featuring trumpet ensembles made up of all camp participants.

Josh Reed (Univ. of Nevada-Reno) presents a jazz improvisation class

Ryan Gardner (Univ. of Colorado) performs in a faculty gala recital

New in 2019 was also the inaugural Junior Trumpet Institute for 6th through 8th grade students. Participants were coached by UKSTI faculty and staff members on fundamentals, jazz, and in the junior trumpet ensemble. Participants also enjoyed musical and recreational activities each day, then joined the senior institute in the evenings for faculty recitals. Jenna Veverka served as coordinator for the junior camp as well as assistant director for UKSTI.

UKSTI 2019 participants and faculty 

(Source: Jenna Veverka, UKSTI Assistant Director; Photo Credit: Taylor Gustad, Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky)


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