Loyola University New Orleans sophomore Tyler Lindsay’s musical talents on trumpet put him at the top of his class on a world stage, and for that, the trumpet performance major in the College of Music and Media won second place in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition last month.
Lindsay was one of only three finalists chosen from around the world for the final round of the competition held in King of Prussia, Penn. Lindsay also received a $1,000 cash prize along with the award.
The International Trumpet Guild attracts top talent worldwide. In fact, it has more than 5,000 members in 56 countries. The annual competition is open to performers 18 to 25 years old.
“An accomplishment like this one is tremendously helpful to a young performer,” said Nick Volz, Loyola trumpet professor. “The recognition that comes with performing so well on the international stage will open many doors for Tyler, who certainly has a bright future. I was able to hear him perform in the final round where he played with the finesse and mastery of a professional. He represented Loyola and himself very well.”
During his successful performance, Lindsay played jazz standards “Airegin” by Sonny Rollins, “Wildflower” by Wayne Shorter, “Isfahan” by Billy Strayhorn, and “Sandu” by Clifford Brown.
While Volz praises Lindsay’s “incredibly rare natural ability,” he also recognizes his hard work and dedication to the performing art. “His success can also be attributed to his diligent and uncompromising work ethic, which is something we try to foster here in Loyola’s School of Music.”