Ann Marie Pelley Wins Major Music Competition

Trumpeter takes honors at state contest

annpelley.jpgAnn Marie Pelley, Central Methodist University music education major, just won the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Competition held in St. Louis.

Pelley plays trumpet and piano. In the competition on Nov. 8 hosted by Washington University, she bested college and university students from throughout the state to take first place in trumpet in the Collegiate Brass—Upper Division category.

Pelley is a student of Dr. John Perkins, CMU associate professor of music. Dr. Perkins points out that at the MMTA Competition, Central students compete against musicians from colleges and universities of every size, most much larger than CMU. Central students often win awards in this contest, but first places are not common.

The comments from the judge included, "This is the best trumpet sound I've heard in two days." The judge also praised her for her technical virtuosity and her "wonderful sound."

Pelley is a junior music education major from St. Peters, Mo. Among other honors she has received at Central, last spring she was awarded The Helen Puckett Thogmorton Award for Excellence in Music. In addition to playing trumpet in marching, concert, and jazz bands, she accompanies a number of groups on campus on the piano.

Dr. Perkins has taught high brass at Central since he joined the faculty in 2004. He plays trumpet in numerous groups around the region, some professionally and others simply for fun. In addition to performing with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, he spends each July as the principal trumpet for the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra in Shippensburg, Pa.


Posted February 6, 2014