Dr. Carrie Blosser is a trumpet instrumentalist with U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes in North Chicago, Illinois. Before moving to Chicago, Dr. Blosser was a member of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, VA. Equally comfortable in various genres, she plays over 100 concerts for military, community, and diplomatic ceremonies per year in various groups such as the Brass Quintet, Rock Band, and Wind Ensemble.
In addition to her duties with the U.S. Navy, Dr. Blosser teaches private trumpet students of all ages and gives master-classes, lectures, and performances across the country. She maintained a Colorado-based studio of 65 students while collaborating with multiple schools to deliver weekly clinics and also conducted the Rocky Mountain Concert Band for three years. Before starting her doctoral program, Dr. Blosser was the Director of Bands at Cooper, Junior and Senior High School in Cooper, Texas. Her students’ achievements include selection to Pennsylvania, Texas, and Colorado All-State Bands and advancement to the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition as Soloists and Ensemble Performers.
Along with her work as a performer and educator, Dr. Blosser currently serves as the co-chair and founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee with the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and is an active member of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC). Carrie is the coordinator of Brass Flexibilities, an IWBC article and video interview series focusing on innovative music careers. She is also an invited mentor for IWBC’s 2021 Mentorship Program and editor for the IWBC newsletter. Dr. Blosser is a clinician for the International Trumpet Guild and judge for both ITG and the National Trumpet Competition. She is published in both the ITG peer-reviewed journal and the IWBC newsletter.
Dr. Blosser a founder of Diversify the Stand, a resource promoting diversity through commissioning, crowdfunding, weekly podcast, book club, and publishing.
An active performer, Dr. Blosser, was selected as a semi-finalist at the National Trumpet Competition as a Soloist and Ensemble member. She was also a semi-finalist in the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition. Over the past two decades, she has performed with numerous orchestras across four states.
Dr. Blosser received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Messiah College, Master of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her principal teachers include Dr. William Stowman, Dr. Robert Murray, and Terry Sawchuk.
Dr. Blosser is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts for her service as a musician in the U.S. military “for personifying excellence in music and service to country.”