Published Tuesday, August 22nd, 2023
UPDATE 8/24: This event has been postponed until further notice.
Please note: As of Aug. 24, this event has been postponed until further notice.
Sensation and sentiment is the heart of Michael Genslinger’s faculty trumpet recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Peterson Fine Arts Building’s Ramsey Theatre at Wayne State College.
The performance is free and open to the public and it will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, visit www.wsc.edu/watch-live. The program is accessible by selecting the event from the Music Events list at www.wsc.edu/music.
The recital also features Shelly Armstrong (piano), accompanist at Wayne State; Brad Weber (percussion), adjunct instructor of percussion; and Lauren Calkin (marimba), adjunct instructor of percussion.
Repertoire reveals Genslinger’s virtuosic proficiency in depicting the breathtaking beauty of a forest in “Flowerdale” by Philip Sparke, the memorable impact of the world’s grandeur in “Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay” by Eric Ewazen, and the excitement and color of “Latin Jazz Suite” by Alice Gomez. The concert closes with the stunning, yet haunting, “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living,” also by Ewazen. This piece pays tribute to the lives lost on 9/11 and those still living with enormous grief.
Genslinger is an Instructor of Music at Wayne State. In addition to serving as the assistant director of bands, he teaches music education courses and applied trumpet. As a performer, he serves as principal cornet in the Nebraska Brass Band and has performed with the Sioux City Symphony, Ocala Symphony, Sioux City Municipal Band, A Touch of Brass, the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, and Carnival Cruise Lines. He also performs solo recitals at Wayne State.
As a music educator, Genslinger is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator. Prior to Wayne State, he taught in Florida public schools for 11 years, most recently at Umatilla High School from 2019 to 2022.
Genslinger holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from Stetson University, a master's degree in music performance from the University of North Florida, and a master's degree in music education from the University of North Florida.