Dr. Brittany Hendricks began her professional career as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Ball State University, a position that she won during the final month of her doctoral degree. While at Ball State, she became the only applied faculty member in School of Music history to receive the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), a campus-wide honor that required her to be nominated by her students. In April of 2017, Dr. Hendricks resigned from this position in order to join her husband (trombonist Bruce Faske) in Jonesboro, Arkansas and launch a new career as an independent pedagogue, consultant, and performer.
As a teacher, Dr. Hendricks’s primary interests include the pedagogy of private instruction and studio management; efficient embouchure function and correction; and the teachings of Vincent Cichowicz, whose methodology was the subject of her doctoral research. Her own teachers include Barbara Butler (B.M. Northwestern University, 2007), David Hickman (M.M. Arizona State University, 2009), Eric Yates (D.M.A. University of Alabama, 2013), Richard Giangiulio (primary study, 2000–2003), Charles Geyer (periodic study, 2003–2007), and Christopher Martin (intermittent study, 2005–2007). As a soloist, she is dedicated to the promotion of works that challenge the expressive boundaries of her instrument; to contemporary compositions for soprano trumpets; and to the promotion of music by living composers.