Amanda Bekeny

Amanda Bekeny

Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet

Department/Affiliation: Music
Phone: 330-263-2419
Office Address: 223 Scheide
Email

Degrees

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Trumpet Performance), The Ohio State University
  • Master of Music (Trumpet Performance), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Biography, Performance, and Research

Dr. Bekeny is the trumpet instructor and brass quintet coach at The College of Wooster. She previously taught at Ashland University, where she was the trumpet instructor, brass ensemble director, and lectured a course on musical styles. From 2010 through 2012 Dr. Bekeny oversaw the trumpet studio at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Dr. Bekeny maintained a busy schedule of teaching, conducting, and performing. She led the Ohio State Trumpet Ensemble in performances at the International Trumpet Guild 36th Annual Conference and world premier performances at the OSU Contemporary Music Festival. Dr. Bekeny is a frequent guest performer and lecturer at Ohio high schools and universities, and was a guest recitalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her summers, she is a regular clinician and featured performer at the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and the Wooster Music Camp.

A busy performer, Dr. Bekeny plays in ensembles throughout Northeastern Ohio, including as a member of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, where she is also the Personnel Manager, and the Olympic Brass. She is a former member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, RED {an orchestra}, and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. Dr. Bekeny regularly performs with symphonies throughout Northeast Ohio, including those of Akron and Canton. She has also performed with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, Madison Symphony, Madison Opera Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Wooster Symphony, Kent-Blossom Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, Metropolitan Brass Quintet, and Columbus Bach Ensemble. A frequent soloist and recitalist, Dr. Bekeny has been featured with The Ohio State University Collegiate Wind Ensemble, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland University Band, Chagrin Valley Chamber Orchestra, Wooster Symphony, Scot Symphonic Band, Alliance High School Band, Westlake Jazz Ensemble, and Southwest Jazz Festival Ensemble.

Dr. Bekeny graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University, where, as a student of Timothy Leasure, she was awarded the A. Peter Costanza Award for the most Distinguished DMA Document. Following her doctoral studies, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of David Burkhart. She also holds a Master's degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a student of John Aley and Alan Campbell. Dr. Bekeny began her career in music at The College of Wooster under the instruction of her longtime mentor and friend, Dr. Jack Gallagher.