Episode 31: "First, Be a Musician" a conversation with Dr. J. Peyden Shelton
A current resident of the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, Dr. J. Peyden Shelton has gained a rapidly growing reputation as an active clinician and performer throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Shelton has served on the faculties at both the University of Rochester and Cornell University as an Instructor of Trumpet. In these positions he recruited and maintained two studios of both undergraduate and graduate students. He also served as chamber ensemble coach for numerous student ensembles. While pursuing his doctorate in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, Peyden served as the head teaching assistant for the Eastman School's trumpet studio under Professors James Thompson and Douglas Prosser.
In March of 2014, Peyden was awarded 1st place in the Graduate Solo Division at the National Trumpet Competition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Since that time, Peyden has been featured as a soloist with several ensembles throughout the East Coast. His most recent performances include Alexandra Pakhmutova's Concerto for Trumpet, Duke Ellington's Concerto for Cootie, Bruce Broughton's Excursions for Trumpet and Band, as well as Donald Hunsberger's famous arrangement for Wynton Marsalis of J.B. Arban's Fantasie Brillante. Peyden has performed as a soloist with a wide variety of ensembles including The Winds of the Blue Ridge, Southwest Virginia's premiere wind band, Cornell University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Reston Symphony Orchestra. He has been featured as soloist in chamber music settings including the Eastman School's Tuba Miram, and the Eastman Brass Guild.