Michael Ellzey

Instructor, Trumpet
DMA, BM - University of Southern Mississippi
MM - University of Akron

Office: 38 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2528
Email: michael.ellzey@uni.edu


Michael Ellzey, Adjunct Instructor of Music, is beginning his first year of teaching at the University of Northern Iowa. Before joining UNI, Dr. Ellzey was Associate Professor of Trumpet at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico for seven years. His duties included teaching applied trumpet, high brass methods, music theory courses, and conducting the University Brass Choir. In New Mexico, Michael played with the Southwest Symphony in Hobbs, NM, and occasionally with the Roswell Symphony, and the Caprock Orchestra in Lubbock, TX.  He appeared as a soloist with the Caprock Orchestra and members of the ENMU Department of Music, given recitals around the Southwest, and hosted the annual ENMU Trumpet Festival.

For the past several years, Michael, a Tennessee native, has taught trumpet at the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in Murfreesboro, TN, where he was a student while in high school.  While there, Michael mentors talented young brass players through teaching trumpet and theory, coaching brass chamber music, organizing daily master classes, and performing on faculty recitals that span a wide range of repertoire and genres.

In addition to performing and teaching, Michael has judged the junior division of the National Trumpet Competition, been chair of the high school division, and judged the solo and ensemble finals.  He is also the publicity advisor for Blackburn Trumpets, working to make sure the company is best represented in print media, online, and at national and regional trumpet events. Michael is a contributing author to the Grove Dictionary of American Music and recently has been appointed to the ITG Social Networking Committee where he was charged with gathering information about getting ITG to better utilize these outlets. He also served for the past two years on the judging panel for the ITG Scholarship Competition.

Michael earned his Bachelor and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and his Masters at the University of Akron in Ohio.  He also has a doctoral minor in music theory, and is certified to teach grades K-12.  His major teachers include Allan E. Cox, Joel Treybig, Scott Johnston, and Reese Land.  Before moving to New Mexico, Michael enjoyed a varied performing career with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra-Meridian, MS; the Mississippi Wind Symphony-Clinton, MS; and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra-Biloxi, MS. He was one of the winners of the 2004 William T. Gower Concerto Competition and was a member of the faculty Southern Arts Brass Quintet at Southern Miss.

Dr. Ellzey is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Trumpet Guild, College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, and the Theta Chi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.