Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Artist's BiographyKevin Eisensmith is Professor of Trumpet at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also directs the IUP Trumpet Ensemble and the IUP Jazz Ensemble.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1978), a Master's degree in Music Performance from Georgia State University (1982), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance degree from Temple University (1994). Dr. Eisensmith has studied with John Head, former principal trumpeter with the Atlanta Symphony and with Seymour Rosenfeld, former second trumpeter with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Dr. Eisensmith served as the solo trumpeter with the U.S. Army Forces Command Band (FORSCOM'S OWN) in Atlanta, Georgia from 1979 through 1984 and performed over 700 concerts through 26 states and the Virgin Islands during this period. As a free-lance artist, Dr. Eisensmith has worked with Carol Channing (Hello Dolly!), Richard Harris (Camelot), Barbara Eden (Woman of the Year), Judy Collins, Andy Williams, The Osmond Brothers, Bob Hope, Bernadette Peters, Julio Iglesias, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Doc Severinson, Shari Lewis, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, Roberta Flack, Melissa Manchester, the Lettermen, the Moody Blues, Natalie Cole, Olivia Newton-John, LeAnn Rimes, Marvin Hamlisch and Peter Nero. He has performed as principal trumpeter with many regional orchestras in the Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas and frequently served as an extra trumpeter with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Since 1998 Dr. Eisensmith has served as the principal trumpeter with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
He has published numerous articles in such magazines as The Sinfonian (official magazine for Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity), The Instrumentalist, The International Trumpet Guild Journal and the Bluegrass Music News (official magazine of the Kentucky Music Educators Association). For fourteen years (1991-2005) Dr. Eisensmith served as compiler and editor for the "Trumpet and Brass Programs" issue of the ITG Journal. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Trumpet Competition and is currently the Secretary of the 7,000-member International Trumpet Guild.
His students have established themselves as successful educators and performers. Many teach in the public schools in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, while others have gone on to instruction at the university level. Still other former students have achieved success as performers, and serve as members of military bands and symphony orchestras throughout the United States.
Dr. Eisensmith is a clinician for the C.G. Conn Corporation and performs on the Conn Vintage One B-flat and C trumpets and flugelhorn. He presents numerous clinics and guest appearances annually throughout the eastern and mid-western states.