The world’s best up-and-coming jazz trumpet players will converge at Sam Houston State University on Saturday, September 19 to compete for $15,000 in prizes during the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition, hosted by SHSU School of Music and The International Trumpet Guild in cooperation with support from the Herb Alpert Foundation.
With top contenders hailing from around the globe, five young finalists will strive to craft the most creative solos in exciting displays of virtuosity and artistry during the competition’s final round in SHSU’s James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center. Serving as judges for this year’s competition are three of today’s most successful and well-known jazz trumpet performers: Bobby Shew, Clay Jenkins and Ingrid Jensen.
“Based on our proposal, SHSU was selected from among an international pool of applicants to host this prominent event,” explained Dr. Amanda Pepping from SHSU School of Music who serves as organizer/co-host for the event. “The Caruso Competition is the most prestigious jazz trumpet competition in the world and takes place every two years, attracting outstanding emerging jazz trumpeters from around the world.”
The competition will include a full day of events on the SHSU campus including a 10 AM morning masterclass about Carmine Caruso presented by Ingrid Jensen, the afternoon competition from 1 PM to 4:30 PM with five finalists performances accompanied by the University of North Texas faculty jazz trio and the 7:30 PM Gala Concert featuring finalists, judges, the Sam Houston All Star Big Band and awards/prize presentation. All events are free and open to the public.
First held in 1993, The Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition is considered the most important competition for jazz trumpeters. Carmine Caruso was one of the world’s greatest brass teachers. It is to the man and his work that the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition is dedicated.
SHSU School of Music faculty members Dr. Amanda Pepping, Dr. Aric Schneller and Randy Adams serve as hosts of this year’s competition. Learn more about the competition by visiting www.shsu.edu/caruso.