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Amanda Bekeny, Personnel Manager

Amanda BekenyDr. Bekeny serves as the trumpet instructor at Ashland University and the College of Wooster.  For the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, she was the Visiting Instructor of Trumpet at The Ohio State University where she was in charge of the trumpet studio and directed the trumpet ensemble.  During her time at Ohio State, she led the Trumpet Ensemble in performances at The International Trumpet Guild conference as well as world premier performances at the OSU Contemporary Music Festival.  Dr. Bekeny also serves as the Personnel Manager for the Ashland Symphony Orchestra.  During her summers, she is a regular clinician and featured performer at the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and the Wooster Music Camp.  Dr. Bekeny previously taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, Edgewood College, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

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 musical career at The College of Wooster under the instruction of her longtime mentor and friend, Dr. Jack Gallagher.

A busy performer, Dr. Bekeny plays in ensembles throughout Northeastern Ohio, including as a member of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra 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 in Northeast Ohio, including those of Akron and Canton.  She has also performed with the 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.

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