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Some of the world's best trumpet players will gather at West Chester University from Sept. 5 through Sept. 9 for the 2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition. One of the top competitions worldwide, it provides a $10,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize.
Organized every four years by the International Trumpet Guild and the Columbus Foundation, the competition features eight semi-finalists selected via taped submissions. During their five days at the University, these international competitors will perform in different rounds of competition and be judged by three internationally renowned soloists. Past winners have gone on to highly successful careers as solo and symphony players.
Master classes by the judges (by Eric Aubier, David Bilger, and David Hickman) and all competitive rounds of the 2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition are free and open to the public.
"We are delighted to bring such esteemed players and judges to our campus for this international gathering," says competition host Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski, associate professor of music at West Chester University. "Four countries are represented in the eight highly qualified and well-deserving trumpeters who were selected, making this truly an international competition of the highest level."
In addition, the competition will feature concerts by The Allentown Band, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Natural Trumpet Ensemble, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet, and Tromba Mundi. All concerts take place in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre located in the Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center on the West Chester University campus. Concert tickets are $10, seniors and students $5; ordered by calling 610-436-2266.
Dobrzelewski is the founder of WCU’s Annual Trumpet Festival and the West Chester University Chapter of the International Trumpet Guild, whose 2014 conference he will also host in Valley Forge. A native of Costa Rica, he has more than 30 works commissioned for various chamber ensembles by North and Central American as well as European composers, and is widely recognized as a promoter of new music and an active proponent of bringing music to the masses.
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