Teen to compete nationally on trumpet
by Sherrie Norris
If her audition video is any indication of her final performance during the upcoming National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C., Camille Bergin should have no worries.
The 15-year-old musician from Boone, currently a high school sophomore studying trumpet performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, has already made her hometown proud -- on numerous occasions.
Most recently, Bergin was selected as one of 33 trumpet students from around the United States to compete in the (10-12 grade) high school solo division of the National Trumpet Competition. She entered the competition performing French composer Guillaume Balay's "Prlude et Ballade" (c. 1910).
Bergin is in her first year at UNCSA, as well as her first year entering the National Trumpet Competition. Prior to her acceptance into the school, she attended Parkway Elementary School and Watauga High School, where she was in each school's band program, played in the Watauga Community Band, clogged with the High Country Dance Studio and skied on Appalachian Ski Mountain's race team.
When asked to describe her feelings regarding her semifinalist status in the prestigious event, Bergin said, "It's an honor and privilege to represent UNCSA and my hometown at the National Trumpet Competition. While I look forward to the competition, I also look forward to the experience as a whole and meeting the other semifinalists, as well as learning as much as I can in the master classes led by some of the world's finest trumpet players."
Bergin started playing trumpet in the sixth-grade under the instruction of Judd Pinnix at Parkway Elementary. She also played under the direction of Tim Walker at Watauga High School as a freshman.
Prior to leaving for UNCSA, Bergin performed the trumpet solo on Leroy Anderson's "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" with the Watauga Community Band under the direction of Bill Winkler and with the Watauga High School Honors Orchestra under the direction of Will Selle. She also studied for two years with James Stokes at Appalachian State University and is currently a student of Judith Saxton at UNCSA.
Bergin is also a member of the UNCSA Wind Ensemble under the direction of Michael Dodds, and the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, directed by Nathaniel Beversluis.
She also enjoys playing the piano and composing music. Her first composition, "Response in D" for piano, was first performed by a UNCSA piano student in 2012.
Bergin is the daughter of Brian and Traci Bergin of Boone.
Three other UNCSA trumpet students were also selected to compete in the semifinals of the annual National Trumpet Competition, scheduled for March 14-17 at George Mason University near Washington, D.C.
The four-day event will begin with an opening concert by the U.S. Navy Band and will feature various clinics and concerts with special guests and trumpet masters, such as Etienne Charles, Chuck Lazarus, Vince DiMartino, Joey Tartell, Doc Severinson and others. The final awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.
For more information about the National Trumpet Competition, visit http://www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org.
audition may be viewed at http://youtu.be/lufZULp1zW4.