Joseph McNulty recently returned from the 2019 conference in Miami. He auditioned for the ITG Collegiate Scholarship Competition this spring and he received a scholarship to attend.
For this competition, he had to prepare, record, and submit recordings of himself playing a solo piece as well as a professional étude. Collegiate students worldwide were able to submit recordings for one of the scholarships, and McNulty’s submission was selected as one of the winning entries. Along with receiving a waiver of registration fees for the 2019 ITG Conference in Miami, he received a $250 check as well as a certificate of recognition for the award.
McNulty said he Was ecstatic to have the opportunity to attend the conference alongside many world known professional musicians.
Professor Donald Sorah accompanied McNulty to Miami.
“It has been a pleasure working with Joseph as a member of my trumpet studio over the past two years,” Sorah said. “Joseph arrived on campus with a great set of skills, but in need of polishing. Due to his willingness to invest the time necessary to refine his skills and improve his abilities, he has experienced a great deal of success. It is a joy to work with Joseph as he is always prepared, has a pleasant personality, and a great sense of humor. I am proud of his work ethic and anticipate much success as a musician and as an educator.”
 The senior music education major is focused primary on trumpet. He is a current member of the UVA-Wise Concert Choir, Highland Winds, Marching Highland Cavaliers, Men’s Chorus, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Trumpet Ensemble. While at UVA-Wise, he has had the honor of performing in the 2018 VMEA Collegiate Recital as well as the 2018 and 2019 Honors Recitals on campus. Additional performances outside of school include performing with The Winds of The Mountain Empire, as well as with Southwest Virginia Community College’s Jazz Band performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and for the 2019 Virginia Community College System’s Legislative Reception with members of the Virginia General Assembly present.
In addition to being the Assistant Drum Major and Brass Captain in the Marching Highland Cavaliers, he has served as both treasurer and president of the UVa-Wise NAfME chapter and is also a member of the International Trumpet Guild. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in trumpet performance.
Attendance and participation in the International Trumpet Guild Conference provides great opportunities for networking, professional development, and instills motivation and inspiration. I am excited that Joseph has earned the scholarship to attend the conference. He will truly appreciate the opportunities this conference will provide.