Trumpet Student Wins International Scholarship Competition

March 26, 2020


  • This is Katherine Shindledecker's second time winning the scholarship.
  • She will attend the 2020 ITG conference in Ohio.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Katherine Shindledecker, a senior trumpet performance major in Winthrop University's Department of Music, has been awarded a competitive scholarship from the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). The scholarship will fund Shindledecker’s attendance at the 2020 ITG conference in Columbus, Ohio. This is Shindledecker’s second time earning the prestigious scholarship.

“It’s been an honor to be chosen again by the panel of judges to receive this scholarship," she said. "Traveling to last year’s ITG conference truly put into perspective what it means to be a trumpet player in this wonderful community of musicians, as well what I can teach my own students. I intend to use this scholarship as a gateway once again to learn from the greatest players in our lifetime.”

Each year, applicants submit recordings of a solo work for trumpet and piano, as well as an unaccompanied etude chosen by the committee. An independent panel of professional trumpet players judges each recording and selects the scholarship winners.

At Winthrop, Shindledecker is principal trumpet of the Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra and performs in the Trumpet Ensemble and Brass Quintet. Recently, she was named a winner of the Department of Music’s Concerto Competition and had planned to perform as a soloist with the Wind Symphony in April. She has also been a member of the Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band, and is an active member of the Delta Omicron fraternity.

She also performs with the Carolina Wind Orchestra and freelances in the greater Charlotte area. In addition, Shindledecker is on staff as the trumpet technician with the York High School Marching Band and teaches a private studio of middle and high school students. After graduation this spring, she intends to pursue a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance.

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