Trumpeter Dr. Amy Schendel currently plays with the Iowa Brass Quintet and Contrapunctus Brass Trio. Previous positions include Spoleto Festival USA, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has also won trumpet positions with the United States Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” and the United States Air Force Ceremonial Band, Washington, D.C.
As a featured guest soloist, Dr. Schendel has played with the Indiana University Orchestra, University of Iowa Orchestra and Band, and Texas Woman’s University Wind Ensemble. She has also performed extensively with Minnesota Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Texas Winds. Dr. Schendel has also performed in Europe with the Augsburger Philharmoniker and chamber concerts in Munich, Dachau, Augsburg, and Berlin. Her first solo and chamber music recording, Full Power, released in 2010, features “Abe Lincoln’s Song Book”, written by Douglas Hill for the Contrapunctus Brass Trio and narration. Dr. Schendel's second solo and chamber music recording, Uncommon Ground: Contemporary Works for Trumpet with Horn, Trombone, Piano and Organ, was released by MSR Classics in 2014.
Recent performances include soloing in 2015 with the Oregon Symphonic Band; brass trio recitals in 2016 at the University of Oregon, Pacific Lutheran University, and Pacific University; orchestral performances with the Eugene Symphony and the Portland Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Dr. Schendel has presented and performed as a featured soloist at the Iowa Band Masters Association and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Her performances with the Contrapunctus Brass Trio include the Iowa Band Masters Association, International Women's Brass Conference, International Horn Conference and International Trumpet Guild Conference. The trio performances featured works commissioned by the Contrapunctus Brass Trio, composed in collaboration with Joseph Blaha and Douglas Hill.
Dr. Schendel has studied with John Aley, John Rommel, Robert Baca, Manny Laureano, Uwe Kleindienst, and Gary Bordner. She has degrees from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Indiana University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at Madison, she was a Paul J. Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Fellow and was co-author of a grant entitled Western Wisconsin Cultural Initiative, providing supplemental music performances to rural western Wisconsin school districts. Since 2009, Dr. Schendel is the trumpet professor at the University of Iowa.