Pre-College Trumpet

June 20 – 25, 2022

This program is designed to help serious young trumpeters develop advanced technical and interpretive skills in a variety of musical styles and genres though masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber ensembles, and private practice time.  Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and learn about diverse facets of trumpet literature, historical styles from baroque to jazz, different methods of pedagogy, and performance practice.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.
  • Students must have a minimum of 4 years of trumpet experience.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 9:15 am: Warm-Up Class
9:30 – 10:30 am: Trumpet Ensemble
10:45 – 11:45 am: Pre-College Chamber Music Hour (brass quintets and brass choir)
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Individual Practice/Lessons
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Individual Practice/Lessons
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Trumpet Seminar
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form (opens December 1)
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.
  • Additional accepted student information will be available after April 15, 2022.
  • Audition information will be available after February 1, 2022.


  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Tito Carrillo, University of Illinois

Tito Carrillo joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in the Spring of 2006. He is a trumpeter, educator, bandleader, composer, and arranger, and since 1996 he has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. The list of artists he has performed, recorded, and toured with is as varied as his skill set: Chicago heavyweights Willie Pickens, Bobby Broom, Patricia Barber, and Kurt Elling; big bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra (directed by David Baker); jazz greats such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Hayes, Jon Faddis, and Vincent Herring; Salsa legends such as Andy Montaoez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; Latin jazz giants Tito Puente and Paquito D’Rivera; and pop icons Quincy Jones and Phil Collins.

Carrillo has played some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Chicago’s Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and London’s Royal Albert Hall. His work has been heard at international jazz festivals in Chicago, Telluride, Montreux (Switzerland), North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (Netherlands), and Pori, Finland.

As an educator, he served on the faculties at both the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as Northwestern University prior to his appointment at Illinois. He has also brought his talents as an educator and performer to Chicago’s inner-city high schools through the Ravinia Festival’s community outreach program, the Ravinia Jazz Mentors.

Of Carrillo, the Chicago Tribune states “he has acquired a reputation as a fluid improviser, doubly-blessed with a warm lyric style and technique to burn.” He continues to lead his own quintet in Chicago and throughout the Midwest, as well as being an active guest soloist and clinician at various secondary and collegiate jazz programs.

Jennifer Brown, Eastern Illinois University

Jennifer Brown joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet in the fall of 2018. She enjoys an active career balancing her love of performing and teaching. Dr. Brown is the principal trumpet of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, second trumpet of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and performs regularly with Sinfonia da Camera. She has performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Danville Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and The Prairie Ensemble. Before moving to central Illinois, she played soprano cornet with the Lexington Brass Band and was a member of the Victory Brass Quintet in Lexington, Kentucky.

Prior to her appointment at Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Brown was on faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University and at Olivet Nazarene University where she taught applied trumpet, brass chamber music, and music history.

Originally from St. Charles, Illinois, Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from the University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her former teachers include Michael Sachs, Ronald Romm, Robert Sullivan, James Darling, Charles Daval, Mark Clodfelter and Vincent DiMartino.

Robert Sears, West Virginia University

Dr. Robert Sears enjoys an active career balancing his love of teaching and performing as both a classical and jazz musician. He joins the faculty at West Virginia University  as the Assistant Professor of Trumpet. Dr. Sears previously held teaching positions at Millikin University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the University of Illinois Springfield.

Previous performance engagements include second trumpet in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (2019-2020), member of Sycamore Brass (2018-2020), founding member of the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective and Iron Post Jazz Orchestra, and substitute with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Festival Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera Chamber Orchestra, and Urbana Pops Orchestra. Dr. Sears has been a featured soloist with Millikin University’s Wind Ensemble (2019), Illinois Wesleyan University’s Wind Ensemble (2018), the University of Illinois Summer Band (2017 and 2016), and Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Symphony Band at the 2014 CBDNA conference in Reno, Nevada with the BYU-Idaho Faculty Brass Quintet. Dr. Sears has also performed alongside jazz artists Chip Stephens, Glenn Wilson, Jeff Halsey, Mark Tonelli, Jim Pugh, John Clayton, Ernie Watts, and Doc Severinsen. In both 2019 and 2018, he was a featured soloist and clinician at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Jazz Festival, and in 2021 and 2019 he arranged and recorded horn section parts for various EP releases with gospel, R&B, and soul artist Julius Adams.

Dr. Sears holds a  B.M. in Music Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho, M.M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and D.M.A. in Jazz Performance, with a cognate in Classical Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His primary trumpet instructors include Tito Carrillo, Charles Daval, Ronald Romm, Dr. Ryan Nielsen, Dr. K. Newell Dayley, and David Evans.