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Matthew Inkster


  • B.M. (Music Education), University of Wyoming
  • M.M. (Performance), University of Redlands
  • D.Mus. (Performance), The Florida State University


  • West Virginia Music Education Association, Research and Grants Chair 2005-2014
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • International Trumpet Guild, Chair of the ITG 2001 Composition Contest
  • NAfME / Music Educators National Conference
  • Phi Mu Alpha, professional music fraternity, Chapter Faculty Advisor 1999-2000


  • Wind Symphony
  • Applied Trumpet Lessons
  • Listening to Music


  • Participant Conductor, The Conductors Lab, Aix-en-Provence, France Members of the Berlin Philharmonic, 2014
  • “Excellence in Professional Activity Award”—West Liberty University, 2012
  • “Professor of the Year”—West Liberty University, 2009
  • Solo Performance—Semi-finalist, Prague Spring International Music Competition, Prague, Czech Republic, 1997
  • Participant and Ensemble Coach, Harmony Ridge Brass Center Summer Festival Sponsored by the Principal brass members of the New York Philharmonic, 1995

Recent Publications

  • Modern Performance Edition of Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale, Op. 15 H. 80 — by Hector Berlioz 2015 Published by Opus Ink (opus-ink.com)
  • Reviews of new music for Journal of the International Trumpet Guild (May, 1998) 1998 She Walks in Beauty, for soprano, Trumpet, and piano—Stanley Friedman Arise!, for brass quintet—David Maslanka
  • Finalé engraving for International Trumpet Guild publication (May, 1996) 1996 Funeral Fanfare for Vassily Brandt (for three Trumpets and percussion)
  • Reviews of compact disc recordings for Journal of the International Trumpet Guild (May, 1996) 1996 Ensemble Voice and Trumpet, Musik des 18. Jahrhunderts; and Rokoko—Romantik, Musik für Trompete und Orgel—Wolfgang Guggenberger, Trumpet
  • CD Recording—conductor 1996 Music for Nine Wind Instruments by Ladislav Kubik (April, 1996) (Work commissioned by NACWAPI, released on a Czech label)

Recent Presentations

  • Lecture/Presentation/Performance—Phi Beta Mu Band Directors’ of West Virginia Clinic Getting More with Less (and other highly transferrable pedagogical concepts, 2016
  • Lecture/Presentation/Performance—West Virginia Music Educators All-State Conference Using Flexible Wind Chamber Music to Enhance the Core of Your Band, 2014
  • Lecture/Presentation/Solo Performance—West Virginia Music Educators All-State Conference J.B. Arban: Curse of the Modern American Trumpet Student?, 2013
  • Lecture/Presentation—West Virginia Music Educators Association, Research Session 2006
  • Lecture/Presentation—New York State School Music Association All-State Conference 2004

Recent Performances

  • West Virginia Brass Quintet - First Trumpet, Recital in Grantsville, MD - Penn Alps Summer Music Series (2017)
  • Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra - Conductor, Die Fledermaus a concert production with Hilltop Opera (2017)
  • West Liberty Wind Ensemble - Conductor, "No Passport Required World Tour" Concert Series (2016-2017)
  • University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra - Guest Conductor (2016)
  • Conductors Lab - Conductor participant with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Aix-en-Provence, France (2014)


  • Professor of Music & Director of Instrumental Studies, West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV
  • Professor of Music, Visiting - Interim Director of Bands, Ithaca College School of Music, Ithaca, NY
  • Conductor, Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra, Wheeling, WV
  • Director of Instrumental Music, West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, Wheeling, WV
  • Interim Director of the D'Angelo School of Music, Mercyhurst College, D'Angelo School of Music, Erie, PA