As a musician with diverse interests and talents, trumpeter Erin Ellenburg has performed both as a soloist and as an ensemble musician with groups including brass quintets, orchestras, wind ensembles, trumpet ensembles, jazz bands and combos, early music groups on cornetto and natural trumpet, and even a tabla ensemble. Ellenburg has performed works by many composers, including Handel, Pezel, Gabrielli, Vivaldi, Saint-Saens, Arutiunian, Larsen, Rutter, Maslanka, Ewazen, Whitacre, and Bernofsky.
A graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU) (B.M., M.M.) in Boone, NC, Ellenburg has studied trumpet with Joe Phelps and Bill Jones, and has received coaching from Karen Robertson, Harold McKinney, Vince DiMartino, Paul Neebe, and Robert Nagel. She had the opportunity to perform in many musical events at her alma mater. These events include the Contemporary Music Festival, the Holiday Scholarship Concert, and the American Music Revue where she was able to perform Libby Larsen’s Fanfare for the Women, an unaccompanied work for trumpet, for the composer. She also performed with the orchestra in the world premier of Tui Saint George Tucker’s Requiem.
Ellenburg’s particular performance and research interests lie in the area of brass chamber music, specifically brass quintets. She had the honor of helping plan and organize the first Brass Chamber Music Forum in 2004, an international event celebrating the 50thanniversary of the New York Brass Quintet held at ASU. She also compiled a bio-bibliography of women composers of brass chamber music that was published in the program for this event. She continued the tradition by participating in and performing at the 2008 International Brass Chamber Music Festival at the University of Louisville, KY. She also served as the editor of the 2008 IBCMF Journal. As a graduate assistant at Appalachian State, Ellenburg assisted Bill Jones (ASU) and David Wakefield (American Brass Quintet) with the Brass Quintet Database, an online compilation of works for brass quintet, the only one of its kind. She is currently a contributing author to BrassMusician.com, an online magazine and resource for brass musicians.
As an educator, Ellenburg enjoys coaching chamber ensembles and teaching private lessons to young students, and is currently the Brass Instructor at Southern Park Music School in Charlotte and Charlotte Academy of Music in the Matthews / Indian Trail area.
Ellenburg performs regularly throughout the western half of North Carolina as a soloist and chamber musician. She performs occasionally with the Union Symphony and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, is a member of the Queen City Brass Band, and a founding member of the Charlotte Pride Band. She currently is the Associate Director of the Charlotte Pride Band in Charlotte, NC, and also serves on the band’s Board of Directors.
Erin Ellenburg is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC), and the Historic Brass Society (HBS). She is a volunteer bugler for Bugles Across America, a not-for-profit organization that provides live buglers to play taps at funerals and memorial services to honor veterans.