WCU musicians attend music festival in ancient Greece

March 14, 2013 | Share |

Nine students from Western Carolina University’s trumpet studio had an opportunity to rub elbows with two trumpet all-stars and tour ancient landmarks as they attended the “Exploring Trumpet in Greece” music festival in Klitoria, Greece.

The students were accompanied at the 10-day festival, held earlier in the spring semester, by two WCU music faculty members, professor of trumpet P. Bradley Ulrich and adjunct trumpet instructor Larry Black.

The WCU students attended 17 trumpet clinics during the festival and four daily warm-up sessions led by American trumpet professors, and they performed as a group in Klitoria and in two other cities, Patras and Kalavrita. The students from Cullowhee also joined in an ensemble consisting of all the festival participants, numbering more than 70 musicians, in performing Ulrich’s arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Great Gate of Kiev” from Pictures at an Exhibition.

During the festival, Ulrich presented a clinic on “Trumpet Survival” during which he spoke about achieving a balance between performing, teaching and family life. Black led a session on “Mental Aspects of Trumpet Playing,” which focused on the mental approaches necessary to achieve a high level of musical performance.

Students attending the festival also had a chance to attend performances and master classes lead by two internationally renowned trumpet players, Vincent DiMartino and David Hickman.

For the WCU students, the trip to Greece included visits to cultural landmarks such as the site of the ancient Olympic stadium; the ruins of Olympia and Temple of Zeus; a memorial to the victims of the Nazi Holocaust in Kalavrita; the Acropolis Museum, Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens; and the first modern Olympic stadium.

Partial funding for the trip was provided through an Academic Project Grant from WCU’s Honors College, which provided $400 for each undergraduate student, Ulrich said. Participating students included Ashley Baldwin, a junior music education major; Ashley Bollinger, a sophomore music education major; Chris Burke, a sophomore majoring in commercial and electronic music; Greg Carpenter, a senior music education major; Logan Cartwright, a junior music education major; Stacy Coker, a graduate student enrolled in the master of arts in teaching program, with a concentration in music education; Whitney Collins, a senior majoring in commercial and electronic music; Todd Mentnech, a senior music education major; and Dossie Ransom III, a senior music education major.

For more information about the trip and WCU’s trumpet studio, contact Ulrich at 828-227-3274 or ulrich@wcu.edu.

Visiting the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, are WCU students (front, from left) Greg Carpenter, Chris Burke, Ashley Bollinger, (back, from left) Whitney Collins, Dossie Ransom III, Todd Mentnech and Logan Cartwright. Not pictured are students Stacy Coker and Ashley Baldwin.

Visiting the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, are WCU students (front, from left) Greg Carpenter, Chris Burke, Ashley Bollinger, (back, from left) Whitney Collins, Dossie Ransom III, Todd Mentnech and Logan Cartwright. Not pictured are students Stacy Coker and Ashley Baldwin.


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