College of Music undergraduate student Timothy Nemzin recently won the undergraduate solo division of the National Trumpet Competition, sweeping aside competitors from across the nation.

Held each spring at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, the National Trumpet Competition is one of the most visible and prestigious events for trumpet students and programs from all over the United States. In addition to four days of competition, the event also includes concerts and master classes presented by significant trumpet artists and pedagogues.

Acceptance to compete in the semi-final rounds is determined through submission of an audition CD which is reviewed by a panel of professional performers and instructors. Chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants, Nemzin went on to a live competition against 45 other students and from there advanced to the final round. In a field that included students from the Julliard School, Northwestern, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music, Timothy dominated the entire undergraduate solo division with his performance of the first movement from Eino Tamberg’s Trumpet Concerto.

“Advancing to the final round and certainly winning the entire division brings great national notoriety to our program,” said Dr. Christopher Moore, Professor of Trumpet at FSU. “The students work incredibly hard each year for this competition, and their success this year has brought amazing energy and momentum to the entire studio.”

“To win a category certainly brings great visibility to any individual,” continues Moore, “and this success will certainly advance Timothy Nemzin in his pursuit of a career as a professional trumpet player and pedagogue, bringing him to the National forefront.”

“This was a huge milestone for my playing,” admits Nemzin. “It shows that mentally I was able to perform and stay focused at a high level throughout a week of rehearsals/performances, concerts and masterclasses at NTC. I have been in contact with trumpet professors at other universities who are interested in recruiting me for graduate school after seeing my performance.”