Latest award to young trumpet student who won national competition.
Congratulations to Elmer Churampi ‘17, who won the National Trumpet Competition (NTC), March 21 at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. Elmer, a student of BSO trumpeter Benjamin Wright, won first prize as a soloist in the Vincent Bach Undergraduate Division. He was awarded $500 and a trip to the Vincent Bach factory in Elkhart, IN to customize his own new Bach Stradivarius trumpet.
Inaugurated in 1992, the NTC offers annual competitions for high school and college students, soloists and ensembles, jazz and classical players. Over its 23 years, it has provided performing opportunities, master classes, exhibition concerts, historic and commercial exhibits and an educational, supportive environment for nearly 3,000 students. To date, these students have represented 40 states as well six foreign countries. Nearly 100 Artist Faculty members coming from universities and symphony orchestras around the nation have donated their time and talents to judge the young players. Artists are chosen from among many of the trumpet world's greatest performers.
A native of Lima, Peru, Churampi began playing trumpet when he was four years old, studying with his father, a trumpeter who plays with Peruvian popular style bands. At age 10, he won his first concerto competition and then proceeded to win in the following two years, as well. At age 13, he was accepted with full scholarship to the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 2013. Churampi has played for National Public Radio’s From the Top radio program. In 2014, he won the Music Teachers National Association competition in Chicago. He won the 2013 YoungArts Competition and also the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Award. At NEC, he has performed both in classical and jazz ensembles and has performed concerto solos as the result of winning concerto competitions. Hear him performing Alexander Arutiunian's Concerto for Trumpet and Symphonic Band with the NEC Wind Ensemble, Charles Peltz, conductor.