* If you’d like to read my official bio (a shortened version of which is also available on the home page),
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, where she now works on the faculty of Arkansas State University in an adjunct role alongside trumpet professor Dr. Chris Wilson.
As a soloist and clinician, Dr. Hendricks has presented at numerous schools and conferences, most notably McGill University, Baylor University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kentucky, the International Women’s Brass Conference (2014 and 2017), the International Trombone Festival (2017), the College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference (2014), and the Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference (2015). She has also been privileged to act in a substitute or extra role with the orchestras of Memphis, Ft. Wayne (IN), and Jackson (TN); to hold the position of Principal Trumpet with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra throughout her tenure at Ball State; and to undertake to play the soprano cornet chair alongside many of her current students in Jonesboro’s Diamond Brass Band.
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). In her ongoing role as an independent performer, 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.
* If you would prefer a less formal statement about my current life in Jonesboro,
Over the course of my life, I’ve lived in Dallas, Chicago, Phoenix, Tuscaloosa, Muncie (IN), and now Jonesboro (AR). When I lived in Indiana, I used to tell people I had made an arrow. After I chose to pursue a career in music, I accepted that I wasn’t going to have a lot of say in where I lived, and for a while, this worked out quite well. I love trees. I hate traffic. If my career was taking me to increasingly-smaller stomping grounds, I was on board.
But in the summer of 2017, I broke with everything I had established for myself professionally and made a move that had nothing to do with my career: I voluntarily resigned from what had once been my dream job to join my trombonist husband in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Let me be clear about the fact that my husband in no way pressured me to make that decision, and I have never regretted it.
Thanks to the generosity and full schedule of Dr. Chris Wilson, the trumpet professor at Arkansas State University, as well as Dr. Marika Kyriakos, our chair, I have since been able to join the A-State faculty in an adjunct role, helping out with the trumpet studio on an as-needed basis and occupying an office next door to that of my husband, who is trombone professor on the same faculty. I’ve also been fortunate enough to pick up some freelancing opportunities in the surrounding region, and I’ve found many people to thank for making Jonesboro feel like home.
I have chosen to use 2017–2018 as a sabbatical of sorts, and it has proven to be a much-needed rest following the stress of what had been a tenure-track role in Indiana. If you browse about the site, you’ll find plenty of evidence as to what I’ve been up to. Thanks for visiting, and best wishes on the upcoming year.
* If you’re looking for information about the principles I adhere to as a teacher, you can find an overview on this page.
* If you are interested in private lessons or need to hire a trumpet soloist for a wedding or other event, you can view my rates by clicking this link.