Welcome to the Trumpet Studio at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

 2015 High School Chamber Brass Competition is
Sunday, April 12, 2015 (click for info)

UNCSA Trumpet Studio has NINE OPENINGS for FALL, 2015!
  • Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate (Professional Artist Certificate), and High school students  encouraged to apply --  NOW! (Click on 'Prospective Students')
UNCSA has a long and rich history of the study of the trumpet. Alumni can be found across the globe performing, teaching, and occupying many different positions in the creative arts.  UNCSA is located in the Piedmont Triad region of northwest North Carolina, three hours from the beaches and 90 minutes  from the mountains.  The conservatory atmosphere cultivated at UNCSA allows for a program of study that is very intensive and focused on one-on-one applied study with the major teacher.  In addition to its School of Music, UNCSA is comprised of four sister schools in Filmmaking, Design and Production, Dance, and Drama, allowing for collaborative opportunities unmatched by any arts school in the nation.

Whether you are a prospective student or just a fan of the trumpet, we hope you will enjoy visiting our website.  Please check back in on occasion, as there are always exciting new things happening here!  Be sure to take advantage of the RESOURCES page for free downloadable information.  See  below for the Spotlight featuring events, guest artists, student acoomplishments and audio and video links. Stay tuned for information about our First Annual High School Chamber BRASS Competition.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Judith Saxton Trumpet Artist/Faculty, Brass and Percussion Chair     
Saxton Bio                                                                             

2013- 2014

These students graduated and are attending the following schools
Mollie Foster (from HS)  - Furman University
Sumner Williams (from College) -  Vienna, Austria

Camille Bergin (HS 12) attended Cannon Music Camp, Boone, NC

James Geiger, Professional Artist Certificate 2013 graduate wins spot with Shen Yun Orchestra, September, 2013.
  Continues 27-year streak of Ms. Saxton's  students that graduate as my graduate  assistant winning positions in music -- or a spot in their preferred doctorate program.

Second Annual High School
Chamber Brass Competition
Sunday, April 12, 2015

  • All NC District Band videos found on RESOURCES page.


Rhythm and Brass Residency Oct. 25 - 27, 2013

These students graduated and are attending the following schools
Dean Oaks - Eastman School of Music
Jason Grimes - Appalachian State
Savanah Litten - UNC Greensboro
Ben Keoseyan - Pepperdine

Sumner Williams, Mollie Foster and Jason Grimes attended the Blue Ridge Music Festival in VA 

click here for information flyer
click here for press release

Link to recorded web stream of Allen Vizzutti's Masterclass

ALLEN VIZZUTTI, internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist and educator, was on campus to present trumpet and jazz master classes and solo with the Jazz Ensemble last April. 

2013 National Trumpet Competition
Schilke High School Division - 2nd Place Winner

Click here for Triad Arts Up Close Interview for Sonic Splash Concert and Brass Symposium Jan. 20th

Or click here for the full version of the Triad Arts Up Close Interview for Sonic Splash Concert and Brass Symposium Jan. 20th

Brass Symposium - January 20th, 2013
(click here for flyer)

Click here to see UNCSA Faculty Brass Quintet with Dr. Timothy Olsen, Organ
playing Grand Choeur Dialogue by Gigout

UNCSA Brass Quintet playing Feierlicher Einzug (Solemn Entry) by Richard Strauss

Susan Slaughter Article - Mentoring Young Musicians

Susan Slaughter Residency
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, 2012


2011 - 2012 NC District Band Videos

Judith Saxton solo cd was the Free 2011 International Trumpet Guild cd
(see March 2011 below).

Welcome ITG Members
COLLABORATIVE VIDEOS featured in 3/11 ITG Journal Collaboration with Musicians and Artists article.

September 2011:  Alumnae Kiah Abendroth (G11) won a Kenan fellow at Lincoln Center institute in NYC. Follow her blog post click here

Alumna Luke Boudreault (G11)
is teaching trumpet at High Point University, NC and his brass quintet cd Da Capo Brass is now released on the Delos label and distributed by Naxos. click here

Alumna Chris Underwood (G11)
is Principal Trumpet of the Lund Symphony, Sweden and studying with Bo Nilssen and Hakan Hardenburger at Lund University. click here

May 2011:  Click here for May 19 WFDD Radio interview!

May 2011:  High School Sophomore Ben Keoseyan takes the "A-Train" with Arturo Sandoval
at the piano.  Click here for VIDEO!

March 2011:  National Trumpet Competition:  Graduate Trumpet Ensemble Members Luke                                Boudreault, Alicia Eisenstadt, Kiah Abendroth, Benjamin McCarthy and Matt Anderson                         performed in the Semi-finals at George Mason University, VA.  Joining them in the High                          School Solo Semi-finals were senior Matthew Brunt and junior  Evan Furth.
                    Ben McCarthy also performed in the Semi-finals for the
Graduate division.

*** March 2011:  Judith Saxton and Allison Gagnon's  (collaborative piano faculty) first joint compact disc
was chosen to be offered as the FREE cd with all 2010- 2011 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) memberships. As that subscription year is now over, you can purchase this trumpet solo cd. 

Click here for ITG CD info

ome of the repertoire has never been recorded, and most of it has never been recorded on cd!  It is all wonderful contest and concert repertoire for trumpeters of any age to enjoy and perform.