ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University instructor Jessica Perkins was selected to appear as a guest artist at the International Women's Brass Conference at Western Michigan University.
Perkins, adjunct instructor of low brass and music education at NSU, attended the conference June 8-10 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The conference included performances by nationally recognized artists.
Perkins performed a 25-minute recital on June 10 that included “Sonata for Viola da Gamba,” by J.S. Bach; “Meditation Hebraique,” by Ernest Bloch; and “Euphonium Concerto,” by Martin Ellerby. She also appeared with the Michigan Monarchs, a brass ensemble comprised of professional musicians from all over Michigan. Perkins was featured as part of a tuba quartet, which performed Gail Robertson’s piece “Psychedelic Dances.”
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Perkins is a national champion euphoniumist who has led successful and innovative band and orchestra programs at all levels of instruction. At Northern, Perkins teaches tuba, euphonium, trombone and trumpet students. In 2000, Perkins won the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Brass Solo Artist and University of Iowa Concerto competitions.