2016 South Texas Trumpet Workshop
On February 20 & 21, 2016, Dr. Kyle Millsap, Melissa Millsap, and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trumpet Studio hosted the 2016 South Texas Trumpet Workshop.
This year's guest artist for the workshop was Dr. Stanley Friedman, who has held positions with many orchestras and universities and is renowned for his brass writing. Attendees ranged from middle school students through college professors from nearby universities.
The workshop opened on Saturday afternoon with a masterclass by Dr. Friedman for the students in the TAMUK trumpet studio. Students were able to perform prepared works, including Friedman's Solus and Antiphonia IV, and listen to highlights from his career. Other topics included the teachings of Max Schlossberg and James Stamp, understanding and interpreting composers' markings, and how he became a composer. The evening included coaching sessions on some of Friedman's compositions.
Sunday featured a morning warm-up session led by Friedman, taking participants through the Stamp routine. This was followed by a practice techniques class by Dr. Millsap. The morning concluded with a mass trumpet ensemble rehearsal led by Friedman, rehearsing his composition Trio for Jimmie Stamp. Friedman also gave a masterclass in the afternoon where he demoed his new Romantic Sonata and answered questions from those in attendance. Throughout the day there were performances by the TAMUK Trumpet Ensembles and Jazz Combo I.
The workshop concluded with a recital featuring Friedman's music. It began with the mass ensemble performing Trio for Jimmie Stamp. Millsap was featured on Scatter the Darkness and in a duet with Melissa Millsap on 2x4: Domestic Tranquility for trumpet and flugelhorn duo. Friedman performed Solus, and the duet Trumpets of Solomon with members of the TAMUK trumpet studio performing with him. The recital closed with the Kingsville Brass Quintet performing Four Freilachs.
The STTW was created to bring together trumpeters of all ages and abilities from the South Texas region with the mission of furthering study of trumpet performance and pedagogy. It was funded in part through a grant from the International Trumpet Guild.
Source: Dr. Kyle Millsap, assistant professor of trumpet, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX