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Joel Treybig

Joel TreybigDr. Joel Treybig is Professor of Music in the Belmont University School of Music where he works with undergraduate and graduate trumpet students, performs with the Belmont Brass Quintet, directs brass ensembles, and serves as Instrumental Coordinator. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee (most recently with the Chattanooga and Nashville symphony orchestras, Nashville Opera, as well as on valveless baroque trumpet with Music City Baroque) and Texas, and with numerous pit orchestras and chamber groups. Treybig is an active solo recitalist and clinician, and has performed as a guest artist in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas, including diverse venues such as International Trumpet Guild conferences, the Midwest Trumpet Festival, Spivey Hall, Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast. He performs frequently in and around Nashville as a freelance performer and regularly with the Belmont Brass Quintet.

His performances of contemporary music have earned the praise of such American composers as John Cheetham, Eric Ewazen, Stanley Friedman, Stephen Michael Gryc, Karel Husa, Anthony Plog, Joan Tower, and Luigi Zaninelli.  Kent Kennan, upon hearing Treybig play his sonata, wrote "A first-rate trumpet player!  I wish all performances of this piece sounded as good!" and Anthony Plog wrote of Treybig "A great player, and great interpretation of Four Themes..." after hearing his performance of Plog's 4 Themes on Paintings of Edvard Munch. Treybig's doctoral treatise, An Investigation and Analysis of Karel Husa's Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Orchestra, was praised by Dr. Husa as being exceptional and wrote that he considered the treatise to be "one of the most conscientious research documents on any of my compositions."

Treybig received his Doctor of Musical Arts in performance from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Music in performance from the University of Akron and his Bachelor of Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music and has also completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. His primary teachers include Raymond Crisara (NBC Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), James Darling (Cleveland Orchestra), Murray Greig (English Northern Philharmonia, Orfeo Trumpet Consort), Scott Johnston (Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Paragon Brass Quintet) and Mary Squire (Ohio Chamber Orchestra) He is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild and the College Music Society, and his articles and music reviews have been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. He has published multiple arrangements for brass quintet and for brass ensembles, and his composition, Fantasy Variations on “Wondrous Love” for trumpet and organ, is published by Eighth Note Publications.

His biography has been listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who Among American Teachers, and was selected for inclusion in David Hickman’s Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary. Treybig’s solo, chamber, and orchestral performances have been broadcast on public radio throughout the southeast, and he has recorded a CD entitled Lux et Lapis – Music for Two Trumpets and Organ with Adam Hayes, trumpet, and Andrew Risinger, organ.


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