Kelly Rossum is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Christopher Newport University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate jazz pedagogy, jazz arranging, jazz history and literature, jazz improvisation and directs the Advanced Jazz Combo and the CNU Jazz Ensemble. Kelly also teaches applied trumpet, brass studio class and trumpet class. |
Kelly Rossum is an international trumpet artist who has been invited to perform at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia as well as repeat appearances at the Festival Of New Trumpet Music in New York, New York. A champion of new music, he has premiered compositions by Dave Douglas, Stephanie Richards, David Durst, Steven Bryant and numerous other musicians’ works. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club, to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany. As a recording artist, Kelly has released four albums as a leader and has appeared on over 40 recordings as a sideman.
His compositions, incorporating improvisational and contemporary avant-garde techniques, have been performed and recorded by numerous artists and organizations. He has provided original scores for both film and dance and has received support from the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.
Previous to his appointment at CNU, Rossum served as the jazz director and trumpet professor at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and founded and directed the jazz program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest community music schools.
Kelly Rossum has earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska, the Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.