Dr. Amy Gilreath

Director, TrumpetFest

amy-gilreathAmy Gilreath enjoys an active professional career as both a teacher and performer. Since joining the faculty at Illinois State University in 1990, Dr. Gilreath was promoted to the level of Full Professor in 2004. While at Illinois State, she has been awarded the 2007 College of Fine Arts Research award, the 2007 School of Music Research Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award by the ISU School of Music and College of Fine Arts and was honored by the ISU School of Music students as Teacher of the Year. Dr. Gilreath has former students performing in the United States “Pershing’s Own” Army Band and the United States Coast Guard Band as well as teaching music education throughout the United States and in other parts of the world. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the International Trumpet Guild and served as co-host of the 2003 and 2006 International Women’s Brass Conference.

Amy is currently Principal Trumpet in the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song. She is also an extra/sub with the St. Louis Symphony, a member of the Illinois State University Faculty Brass Quintet, brass instructor for Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy and a former member of Dallas Brass. Dr. Gilreath has lectured and performed in Greece, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, England, and Hungary. Along with her numerous solo performances and master classes, Amy has been a featured soloist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and been an invited soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Convention Festival of Trumpets and the International Women’s Brass Conference. She also participated in the inaugural tour of Monarch Brass and subsequently toured with the Monarch Brass Quintet to Germany. She was privileged to be a finalist in the first Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition in 1988. Amy has completed her first solo CD entitled Enjoying Life.

Dr. Gilreath earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University.