Dr. Marisa Youngs is an avid performer, educator, and researcher bringing a fresh artistic vision to the world of brass performance. Dr. Youngs has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, as well as with orchestras, wind bands, and jazz bands. Performing and teaching in a multitude of styles, Dr. Youngs’s artistic talents have flourished on the concert stage as well as in the classroom.
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As a trumpet artist, Dr. Youngs has performed with a wide variety of ensembles and as a featured soloist with several orchestras and wind bands. She has worked with renowned conductors, including Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, and H. Robert Reynolds, and has appeared in historic venues such as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. This past May, Dr. Youngs was a featured soloist on the "New Works" Recital at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where she performed Michael Cotten's "Song Cycle for Unaccompanied Trumpet." Last October, Dr. Youngs traveled to the 2017 Australasian Trumpet Academy in Queensland, Australia, where she won the Academy Top Prize of a brand new Yamaha piccolo trumpet, and also won Third Prize in the Orchestral Excerpts Competition. In recent years, she has won various solo competitions, including featured performances of Haydn’s Concerto in E-flat with the Virginia Blue Ridge Music Festival Orchestra and Alexander Arutiunian’s Concerto for Trumpet with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Youngs is currently the Adjunct Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. At Winthrop, she teaches Applied Trumpet, Trumpet Repertory Class, and directs the Trumpet Ensemble, while also teaching several music theory and aural skills courses. Dr. Youngs recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance at the University of Kentucky, where she was a Teaching Assistant for both the trumpet studio and the Department of Music Theory and Composition. In addition, she was the first graduate student to complete UK’s new Certificate in Baroque Trumpet Performance. She was also awarded two competitive academic fellowships from the UK Graduate School and partnered with the UK Linguistics Department to conduct interdepartmental dissertation research on the effects of linguistics in trumpet performance. Before attending UK, Dr. Youngs earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her primary teachers include Jason Dovel, Terry Everson, Thomas Siders, Kevin Eisensmith, and Robert Dolwick.
As a freelancer, Dr. Youngs has performed with various professional ensembles, including upcoming performances with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina). She has also performed with the Kentucky Bach Choir (Louisville, KY), Owensboro Symphony Orchestra (Owensboro, KY), The Jackson Symphony (Jackson, TN), Lexington Chamber Orchestra, Lexington Brass Band, Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Philharmonic (Boston, MA), Calliope Opera Company (Boston, MA), New England Brass Band (Wilmington, MA), and Erie Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Erie, PA), among others.
In other professional activities, Dr. Youngs currently serves at the New Works Coordinator for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and has had several articles published in the ITG Journal. She will be leading a clinic at the 2019 ITG Conference in Miami, Florida and will also present her linguistics research at the 2019 University of Kentucky Summer Trumpet Institute. Dr. Youngs is always looking for new and exciting performance opportunities and also composes and arranges works for trumpet and piano, brass quintet, trumpet ensemble, and other instruments.