International trumpet soloist Judith A. Saxton will be the featured guest at the 11th annual Wartburg College Trumpet Festival on Thursday, Nov. 4. 

The final concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Wartburg Chapel, will include several pieces performed and composed by Saxton. She will be joined by Scott Muntefering, Wartburg’s Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professor in Music Education, and Nathaniel Parrish, Wartburg staff accompanist. The concert is free and open to the public, and masks will be required during the performance.  

Under the direction of Muntefering, the Wartburg Trumpet Choir will perform “Canzon Septimi Toni” by Giovanni Gabrieli and “Hava Nagila.” The High School Festival Choir, also led by Muntefering, will play “Three Pieces” by Everett Gates and “America the Beautiful.” 

Saxton has a multifaceted career as an international soloist, a chamber and orchestral musician, and an educator. She has performed in the United Kingdom, China, Finland, Brazil and Italy. As a principal and soloist, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival.  

Twenty-three high school students from seven area high schools will participate in the one-day festival. Founded and organized by Muntefering, the day is filled with mass rehearsals, a clinic session and masterclass with Saxton. 

Members of the High School Festival Trumpet Choir are: 

Belle Plaine High School
Addison Dahlquist 

Camanche High School
Isabelle Bolton
Nick Graham
Izabella Peters
Rece Taylor 

Charles City High School
Mikey Bauer
Anton Ditmer
Hayden Heyer
Christian Howe
Adrien Ibarra
Lewis Kiewel
Taylor Myhre
Nyssa Salinas 

Clarksville High School
Morgan Jacobs
Casey Leerhoff 

Mason City High School
Logan McDonough
Keira McKelvey
Will Read 

Osage High School
Alexa Thyer 

Union High School
Hunter Anderson
Harrison Bistline
Maddie Dulin
Brock Ruzicka


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