Although the Vintage Band Festival ended just over a week ago, I was happy to receive my new band coat when it finally arrived today (via FedEx). There was a misunderstanding with the tailor that caused the delay, apparently. It’s a shame, but at least I’ll look good for the next Newberry Band tour.
While I’m at it, I wanted to post a better video of my cornet solo, Fantasia on “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” by F. J. Keller. The original video I posted came from an outdoor concert (on Bridge Square) where the camcorder was so far away from the band that you could hear the cicadas better than your weary scribe. So the videos below are from one of the band’s indoor concerts at the Vintage Band Festival. The sound quality and balance are much better and, although it was the third performance of the day, it was the best because I did not have to worry about my music blowing off the stand – ! The second video is my short spoken introduction to the solo where I explain how a cornet differs from a trumpet, in case you’re curious about that.
Finally, because I’m posting a video of the solo here, I wanted to put in another plug for my arrangement of the piece for cornet and piano which is available as a free download from the International Trumpet Guild Journal website, so that it would be easy to find here (one stop shopping; video and sheet music, too). It was published as the ITGJ music supplement in June 2009. Enjoy!
Elisa Koehler is Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Formerly the Director of the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre at Goucher College and the Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, she is a professional conductor, trumpeter, and author. Dr. Koehler has performed on both modern and period instruments with the Bach Sinfonia, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Baltimore’s Bach Concert Series, and as the leader of Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band. Her publications include two books: Fanfares and Finesse: A Performer’s Guide to Trumpet History and Literature (Indiana University Press) and A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player (Rowman & Littlefield), numerous articles on historic brass for the ITG Journal, and new performing editions of the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concerti for Carl Fischer Music. She was named a Distinguished Alumna by the University of Tennessee in 2009 and elected to the Board of Directors of the International Trumpet Guild in 2017. In 2014 Dr. Koehler received Goucher College's highest faculty honor, the Caroline Doebler Bruckerl Award, which recognizes an exemplary faculty member in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service. She earned a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, a master’s degree in trumpet performance from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and bachelor’s degrees in both music education and performance from Peabody.
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