Last week, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the 43rd International Trumpet Guild Conference. It was the first conference I had attended since 2009 (in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania).
After meeting old friends, meeting new ones, listening to good, great and phenomenal performances, learning new ways to play and teach, I don’t know why I had let myself NOT go for the last nine years!
Because there are so many things going on at the same time at an ITG conference, there are often two events happening at the same time: one in a large venue that is a headliner, and one in a smaller venue that may only appeal to a few. I found myself choosing the small venue almost every time.
I was thrilled to perform one of my own compositions on the New Works Recital. From the official ITG blog review of that recital:
Soloist and composer Stanley Curtis has been composing works based on stained glass windows at his church for several years, and his Advent for soprano, trumpet, and piano follows this trajectory. The lyrics are taken from “Advent” from The Back Chamber by Donald Hall, and the music included many cantabile melodies for the trumpet and interesting textures as Curtis and pianist Benjamin Keseley often joined forces to accompany soprano Tia Wortham. This mature work was presented with an exceedingly polished performance.
If you’re curious, here is a link to hear “Advent,” which will be released soon on the Arts Laureate label. I’m also excited that the sheet music for “Advent” will soon be published with Balquhidder Music.
Here are some photos of my experience at the ITG Conference. I highly recommend going to the next conference (which will be in Miami, Florida) to all of my readers.
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