For 43 years, Birch Creek Music Performance Center has brought the best and the brightest faculty from across the U.S. to educate promising young musicians. These faculty members are the best in their respective fields. This year, Birch Creek has the pleasure of inducting one of these great musicians into their 20 Year Club. Joey Tartell, Big Band Jazz I Faculty, is celebrating his 20th year of service to the organization by joining an elite circle of 23 faculty members, with more than 20 years of teaching and mentoring Birch Creek’s talented music students.
Tartell has gained recognition globally as a performer, instructor, and mentor. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and is a founding member of Tromba Mundi, a professional trumpet ensemble with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall in October of 2015.
“I’ve seen Birch Creek grow in so many positive ways in the time I’ve been a part of it. What remains the same, and is the primary reason I keep coming back, is the focus on the students and their growth. It’s amazing what can happen in two weeks,” Tartell said. “Being here for 20 years has made Birch Creek a home away from home, with the faculty, staff, and students a second family. Each year I look forward to the time I spend here.”
Tartell will perform and teach at Birch Creek this summer. He can be heard performing as lead trumpet during Jazz I concerts from July 19-22, and 26-29.