Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute

UPDATE (May 16, 2023): We are no longer accepting auditions for this summer’s institute.

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Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute

Celebrating 15 years!

July 30-August 4, 2023 / Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. plus some evenings
Room: Ciminelli Formal Lounge, Student Living Center

Wesley Nance, director
Guest faculty: Anthony Plog, composer, conductor and teacher   
Guest presenter: Dr. Jennifer Oliverio, Missouri Western State University
Guest masterclass & concert: Micah Wilkinson, Principal Trumpet, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra         

Addressing the various needs of today’s collegiate and advanced high school players, the Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute is a fun-filled, highly motivating five-day experience hosted by Wesley Nance (Second Trumpet, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Trumpet Faculty, Eastman Community Music School) and guest instructors Anthony Plog and Micah Wilkinson. Students will participate in masterclasses with faculty critique and group discussion. The institute will feature daily topical sessions such as: warm-up, practice strategies, technique, and interpretation. Students will rehearse and perform in collaboration with a professional pianist, participate in college or orchestral mock auditions, and get feedback from faculty. Students will explore ways to develop successful mental attitudes, styles, and techniques for great recital performances, orchestral playing, and audition success. Finally, students will perform a capstone concert as soloists and as members of a trumpet ensemble. Dust your trumpet off, get back in shape, and join us as we explore the challenges and excitement of playing this fantastic instrument! Participants are chosen by audition only (see audition video requirements, below); enrollment is limited.

This institute is designed as a residential program; participants age 14 and older may reserve on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center. The housing cost includes three meals per day. Students must be 14 by the first day of the program in order to stay in the Student Living Center; students under age 14 may not stay on campus and will need to make alternate housing arrangements. Note that housing space is limited this year; please reserve early once you have confirmed you will attend. For information about on-campus housing and a list of resources for those staying off-campus, click here.

Begins with Faculty Concert on Sunday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall, followed by Orientation meeting in Ray Wright Room (ESM 120).
Participant Concert: Friday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Click here to view/download the 2023 institute schedule

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Faculty Concert, Sunday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Last scheduled activity: Participant Concert, Friday, August 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Professional Development Hours: 40
$725 / noncredit (institute tuition only)
$1,265 / tuition with housing and meals

“The program content was extremely in-depth, and the faculty was well experienced & positive. I learned a lot about the very specific but necessary improvements to change a good player into a great player.” — 2022 Trumpet Institute participant


Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form. Please send your audition recording by May 1 May 15, 2023.

Audition video instructions:

All applicants must submit separate video links for each piece on the audition list.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera facing directly at the applicant (no side-facing videos)
  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Videos should be uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted or public videos suggested; private videos don’t work)

Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application material template:

Audition Video Links

There is no fee to audition for this workshop. Auditions will be reviewed as they are received.

Audition deadline: Please send your audition recording by May 1 May 15, 2023.

Once admitted, click HERE to register


Read our blog: Summer@Eastman Spotlight: Eastman Summer Trumpet Institute