Guest ARtists 2018

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Judith Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist”. A Certified Alexander Technique Teacher (ATI), Judith embodies  these principles in all her interactions including her “Healthy Playing Habits” and “Breathing, Breaks and Basics for Mindful Music Making” presentations for universities and festivals and populations of varying ages across the nation and the world –  including International Trumpet Guild (ITG), Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Roads Scholars, Trumpet Festival of the South East, and International Women’s Brass Conference and elder personal care facilities. Observation, awareness and ease of movement are integral to her trumpet playing and teaching.

As a recitalist, Ms. Saxton has performed in the UK, China, Finland, and Brasil, and concertizes nationally with Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Concert and Contest Pieces for Trumpet, distributed globally to the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) membership. As principal and soloist, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and is on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with an array of orchestral and chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard of the US. She regularly offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences world-wide as a Conn-Selmer clinician. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to ardently promote, co-commission and premiere new works; she has soloed with a variety of orchestras and bands in the US and abroad.

Comfortable in all genres, she has performed with artists as diverse as Joe Morello, Phil Woods, Mannheim Steamroller, the Temptations and as an orchestral musician with the Empire Brass Quintet, Placido Domingo, Mark O’Connor and Joshua Bell.

Recently she was guest faculty combining music and Alexander Technique for the Brass Communities of the Modena Conservatory in Italy, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and a week-long residency in Central Conservatory in Beijing; Shanghai Conservatory and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil students.

For several seasons, Judith was principal and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies. She was also an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony and brass quintet. In demand as a versatile musician during her decades-long freelance career, Judith performs for a variety of shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands and combos.  Chamber credits include Southeast Chamber Brass, Wichita Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. A charter 2-year member as soloist and principal solo cornet of the North Carolina Brass Band, she was soloist for First in Flight; their second CD is Christmas Wrapped in Brass, 2016. Further recordings include Naxos, Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR Classics and Moravian Music Foundation labels.  Recently, she has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2. She has been a frequent contributor to the ITG Journal and the Brass Herald.

Previously, Ms. Saxton was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony, and an extra for Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Harrisburg Symphonies. She was principal for New York Women’s Ensemble and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, and Artist Faculty for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland. Most recently, served 10 years at University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Trumpet Artist/Faculty and Brass/Percussion Chair. Additionally, she was tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University. She taught previously at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities.

Ms. Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, and served several terms for ITG, National Trumpet Competition, International Women’s Brass Conference and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway.

Judith offers SKYPE Trumpet and Alexander Technique lessons through her ‘Free Flow’ studio.  Her trumpet students can be found performing and teaching around the globe. 

dr. dennis edelbrock

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Dennis Edelbrock has performed with The United States Army Band and the Army Brass Quintet since 1975. Since that time, he has also written music used frequently at official state ceremonies at the White House, NBC’s “Christmas in Washington”, country music’s televised show “Nashville Now”, as well as music used in the opening ceremonies for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and Special Olympics. He is also the founder of The National Trumpet Competition and adjunct professor of trumpet at George Mason University and keeps an active performing schedule in the Washington, DC area. As an adjunct professor at GMU, he was awarded the prestigious “Excellence in Teaching Award” in 1996, one of only two faculty members to be recognized that year.

He has given masterclasses all over the world including the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories.

The Army Brass Quintet entertains at the White House and has toured in thirty-eight states as well as twelve foreign countries. The Quintet has also recorded extensively and has performed on National Public Radio, The British Broadcasting Corporation, NBC’s “Today Show” and Fox television, The Prairie Home Companion, among others. The ensemble has been repeatedly chosen as the first to perform honors for newly inaugurated Presidents and also chosen for Capitol Rotunda State Funeral services for Presidents Reagan and Ford during national telecasts at the capitol. The Quintet has performed in a “live” Russian National TV broadcast in conjunction with the Russian National Orchestra.

The National Trumpet Competition, hosted at GMU, is the largest in the world and has provided performing opportunities for over 11,000 students since its inception in 1992. In exhibition concerts, it has featured such artists as Canadian Brass, Grammy Award winners Arturo Sandoval and Chris Botti as well as Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson, Alan Vizzutti, Adolph Herseth, Tim Morrison, Jamey Aebersole Mnozil Brass, Philip Smith among many others. Its website hosts online masterclasses by some of the world’s greatest artists. NTC is supported, in part, by all the major trumpet manufacturers and has a budget of $80,000 per year.

In recent years, Edelbrock has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets, the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Royal Spanish Ballet, the Kennedy Center Orchestra with whom he performed the world’s first web-cast as soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, the Washington Opera, and the National Symphony Orchestra with whom he has recorded.

Performances with Classical Brass, of which he is a founding member, have been featured on local live radio broadcasts on NPR and broadcasts from The National Gallery. The Quintet does two national television broadcasts from the National Cathedral on Christmas and Easter mornings. Additionally, the group has commercially released compact discs including “Honor to Our Soldiers” (American Heritage Society) featuring performances on original civil ward instruments, “Christmas at the Cathedral” (Nonesuch) which has recently been nationally released, and “Music from America’s Golden Age” with the Columbian Brass Band.

Edelbrock has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Kennedy Center’s Washington Chamber Symphony on NPR. He is an original member of the Washington Bach Consort which holds the honor of being the only American ensemble invited to perform at the Bach Tri-Centennial in a Leipzig Gewandhaus performance which was broadcast on East German State Television.

He has performed on screen as a soloist in the video version of “Contact” (Sony Pictures), “Wag the Dog” (Miramax) and was featured on the filmscore of Tri-Star’s motion picture, “Gardens of Stone”. Edelbrock has also been a frequent performer on the “Discovery Channel” sound tracks.

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, he is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He completed advanced studies at the Catholic University earning both a Master of Music Performance and Doctor of Music Arts degrees. He devotes as much time as possible to volunteer work with local youth groups and resides in Arlington, VA with his wife Laura, a pianist and choral director, and fifteen-year-old daughter Emma.

john parker

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John Parker, a native of High Point, North Carolina, joined the Houston Symphony in May of 2016 as Associate Principal Trumpet.  Previously, John was Principal Trumpet with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, a position he attained after his undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  While at UNC, he was a recipient of the Kenan Music Scholarship and also the Frank Comfort Education Scholarship.  John has also performed as Principal Trumpet of the Charleston Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, and the Greensboro Symphony.  John attended the Aspen Music Festival and School on a full fellowship in both 2012 and 2013 and has also performed twice as a soloist at the National Trumpet Competition.