Gardner-Webb Distinguished Artist/Faculty Series Presents Trumpet Summit

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Three Acclaimed Musicians to Perform at GWU on Oct. 29

By Mallory Moore, ’18, Intern for Communications

photo of Charles Schlueter
Charles Schlueter

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.— The Gardner-Webb University School of Performing and Visual Arts invites the community to the GWU Trumpet Summit on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. As part of the Distinguished Artist/ Faculty Series, this concert will feature three revered trumpet players: Charles Schlueter, Tim Hudson, and James Ackley, with piano accompaniment by GWU Collaborative Pianist/Distinguished Artist Dr. Cynthia Clyburn Swicegood. The concert will take place in Blanton Auditorium, located in Hamrick Hall on the main campus. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Patricia Sparti, Chair of the Distinguished Artists Committee at GWU and Professor of Music, encourages everyone to attend. “They are three of the very best trumpet players to ever live,” Sparti stated. “Charlie Schlueter is a living legend and one of the most recorded trumpet players in history. He was the main teacher for our GWU Trumpet Professor Tim Hudson.” She also invites trumpet students to attend a masterclass with Schlueter on Monday, Oct. 30 from 4-5 p.m. in Blanton Auditorium.

photo of Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson

Schlueter studied at the Juilliard School in New York City and played principle trumpet for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was named Musician of the Year for the Boston Musician’s Association in 2006. Schlueter has played with several other orchestras and has released four solo albums. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music, and over the years his students have gone on to be very successful in the music world. He established the Charles Schlueter Foundation for brass instruments in 2001.

Hudson is a graduate of Indiana University, New England Conservatory of Music, and UNC Greensboro. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, Summit Recording Artist, a founding member of Carolina Brass, and a member of The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. He has played in numerous orchestras and performed around the world. Hudson has been teaching trumpet since 1983 and is currently GWU’s trumpet instructor.

photo of James Ackley
James Ackley

Ackley is a well-known musician and has performed to great acclaim around the world. He is currently a soloist, chamber artist, and clinician with Andes International Management as well as Professor of Trumpet at the University of South Carolina School of Music. Ackley studied at both the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has released two solo recordings and collaborated on a number of other albums. He has also published a book, “A Systematic Approach to Flexibility for Trumpet.”

For more information about the Trumpet Summit, please call 704-406-4448.

 Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704.406.4264 or email with your request.

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