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Trumpet Festival

University of Iowa Trumpet Festival

February 26, 2022

Featuring guest artists Marissa Benedict and James Sherry

The event will take place in the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus, located at 93 E. Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242.The University of Iowa Trumpet Festival is a one day event, free of charge, geared toward trumpet students in middle school, high school, and college.  Teachers and professional players are encouraged and warmly welcomed to attend.  The event will include a warm-up class, masterclasses, guest artist panel Q & A, a student recital featuring students and a mass trumpet ensemble, and a final showcase recital featuring guest artists.

Three city parking ramps are located close by; review this map for parking information and drop-off locations.

Parents are welcome to stay and observe; plenty of space is available in the building.

Call for Student Trumpet Ensembles

If you play in a trumpet ensemble and would like to have an opportunity to perform on the student recital, please indicate this on the online registration form and contact Professor Amy Schendel (

Mass Trumpet Ensemble

All trumpet players are encouraged and welcome to join in the mass trumpet ensemble which will perform on the student recital. Marie Speziale will lead a rehearsal prior to the performance and conduct the ensemble at the recital.


To participate, please fill out and submit the online registration form.  Walk-ins will be accepted, but please make every effort to register in advance.

Schedule for Trumpet Festival

Saturday, February 26th (all events take place in the Recital Hall unless indicated otherwise)
7:30am: Doors open for registration
8-9:00am: Registration
9-9:50am: Warm-Up Class with Marissa Benedict
10-11:15am: Masterclass with Marissa Benedict
11:30am-12:45pm: Masterclass with Jim Sherry
12:45-2:00pm: LUNCH on your own (local nearby restaurants)
2:00-3:00pm: Guest artist panel Q & A session: Marissa Benedict, Alicia Rau, Jim Sherry, and Amy Schendel
3:15-4:00pm: Mass trumpet ensemble rehearsal with Jim Sherry
4:00-4:30pm: Break
4:30-5:30pm: Student recital
5:30-7:30pm: DINNER on your own (local nearby restaurants)
7:30pm: Guest artist recital featuring Marissa Benedict, Jim Sherry, Amy Schendel, Alicia Rau, and the Iowa Women’s Jazz Orchestra

Marissa Benedict

Marissa Benedict headshot

Marissa Benedict is Principal Trumpet of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops Orchestra (since 2003), and Associate Principal Trumpet of the Long Beach Symphony and Pops Orchestra (since 2001). She also performs with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Orchestra Santa Monica, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Municipal Band, and is a founding member of the Modern Brass Quintet.  Marissa is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she is continuing her teaching. She makes frequent trips to the L.A. area to perform with the Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and other orchestras. She also is an experienced studio player. Marissa is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

James Sherry

Jim Sherry headshot

James Sherry has been has been featured on concerts throughout the US, including performances at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, McDaniel College, Washington College, Maryland Institute for the Creative Arts (MICA), Baltimore Composer’s Forum, Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Concert Series, the Foxboro Orpheum Theater in Boston, in most of the continental United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and residencies in Fort McMurray, Alberta and Ontario, Canada.  He was the First Prize winner at the Baltimore Chamber Music Competition, Baltimore, Maryland, in 2000, with the Lyric Brass, as well as the First Prize winner in the “Catch A Rising Stars” Competition in Fairfax, Virginia in 2001. He has appeared with the Monumental Brass Quintet on both radio and television. Other special appearances include the Kennedy Center’s annual Salute to The Presidential Scholars in the Arts; the 100th Birthday celebration of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Top Brass Program.


More Information

Contact Trumpet Professor Amy Schendel: