Trumpeter Dylan Maddix presents ‘Trumpet Evolution’ across P.E.I.

Performing at Island high schools, too, including Three Oaks

Published on February 21, 2014

P.E.I. native Dylan Rook Maddix returns to his home province Friday, Feb. 28, to present “Trumpet Evolution” as part of his P.E.I. recital tour. The hour-long recital takes place at St. James Presbyterian Church (the “Kirk”), 35 Fitzroy St., Charlottetown, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

This trumpet recital features Maddix, along with pianist Lynn Johnson, taking the audience not only on a journey through the history of the trumpet, but also Maddix’s own journey growing up on P.E.I. playing trumpet, studying at Mount Allison and moving forward with his career through graduate study.

Selections range from “Concerto in E flat Major” by Johann Hummel to Gershwin's “Three Preludes.” Maddix’s first trumpet teacher and well know Island trumpeter, Dan St. Amand, will join Maddix as a special guest for this recital.

Along with this recital Maddix will be giving performances and talks at three Island high schools, including Three Oaks Senior High in Summerside, Souris Regional High School, and Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.

Maddix is quickly building a reputation as a performer, teacher and conductor. Born in Summerside, he is currently principal trumpet and trumpet coach of the award winning New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and a member of Confederation Brass. A prize-winner at the 2011 National Music Festival, he has been featured soloist with the Greater Moncton Chorale and Orchestra, the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra, performing the Neruda Trumpet Concerto and this April will be soloist with the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band, performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. 

His musicality and professionalism have led him to numerous programs, competitions and ensembles in Canada and the United States including the Scotia Festival of Music, Charlottetown Festival, Festivals of Music in New York City, Indian River Music Festival and Music Fest Canada.

Maddix is currently in his fourth year at Mount Allison University, his teachers have included Dan St. Amand, Alan Klaus and Linda Pearse. He has also worked with brass performing artists Richard Simoneau, Jens Lindemann, Chase Sanborn, Jeff Nelsen, Ingrid Jensen and most recently, Guy Few.

Lynn Johnson's career as a solo and collaborative artist has taken her across Canada, throughout the United States and Europe. She has been featured in numerous broadcasts with CBC and Radio Canada, and critics have praised her ability to meet the demands of a vast range of vocal and instrumental repertoire.

In addition, Lynn maintains a very active schedule as teacher, adjudicator and chamber musician.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from North Texas State University and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano at the University of Southern California. At USC she studied with renowned collaborative pianist, Gwendolyn Koldofsky and harpsichordist, Malcolm Hamilton.

She is the recipient of the First Prize with Distinction in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium.

She is currently teaching piano, chamber music and collaborative piano at Mount Allison University.