Posting Date: March 12, 2012
Meet Michael Edalgo: Driven to Perform
By Stephen Chamblee
Photo by Tracie L. Hinnant
Michael Edalgo picked up the trumpet in the sixth grade to play in his middle school band and never looked back. Playing music quickly became an activity he says he "looked forward to everyday." As he improved his playing throughout high school, he listened to world-class trumpeters like Allen Vizzutti, Sergei Nakariakov, Phil Smith and Wynton Marsalis, which influenced his tastes and stylistic interests.
After high school, Michael believed Kennesaw State University was the logical place to continue his education. He received a merit-based scholarship from the School of Music and is now a sophomore majoring in music performance. He considers classical and baroque trumpet to be his primary focus but his performance interests and experiences have branched out widely since coming to KSU. He now performs in the wind ensemble, orchestra and completed a series of performances with the opera orchestra. He is also a founding member of the KSU brass quintet.
The brass quintet recently competed against groups from other universities at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition. They now have their sights set on the Aspen Music Festival. They are currently rehearsing three to four days a week for the competition and preparing to record a demo for their entry. The group performs a wide variety of works from the baroque period to the twentieth century. They also perform at various competitions outside of the school under the name "No Strings Attached."
In February, Michael traveled to Virginia to compete as a solo trumpeter against approximately 100 other musicians at the National Trumpet Competition. Michael's long-term career aspirations are to play in a major orchestra and be involved in music education. The next phase in these goals will be the continuance of his performance studies in graduate school, and he is considering such prestigious universities as Northwestern, Rice and the New England Conservatory as his top choices.
In his downtime, Michael says he enjoys fishing, jogging and "doing just about anything outdoors." His dedication to his craft has earned him the respect of his professors. David Kehler, KSU's Director of Bands says, "Michael is a very intelligent, hard working and special musician. His trumpet playing is truly outstanding, and I look forward to seeing his progress in the years to come. His musical instincts are beyond his years, and his contributions to the wind ensemble are invaluable."