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Amy Dunker

Professor of Music
Office: 103 EKH 
Mail Stop: 1545 
Phone: 6515 


Degrees earned: DMA – University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (Composition); MM – Butler University (Composition); MM – University of South Dakota (Trumpet Performance); BME – Morningside College (Music Education)

Professional experience: Composer-trumpeter-educator Amy Dunker’s music resists easy categorization. From avant-garde improvisation to minimalistic sound sculptures to neo-romantic echoes, Amy delves deeply into the nature of human experience. Her works have been performed throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Italy, the Ukraine, France, India, Colombia, China, Thailand, Japan, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, Great Britain and Puerto Rico. Major influences in her musical education include Stanley DeRusha, Chen Yi, James Mobberley and Michael Schelle. Amy’s works have been recorded on the ERM Media, NextAGem, Centerpoint and Whatsit labels. Her music is published by Alliance Publications Inc. 

As a trumpet player, Amy has studied with Keith Benjamin, Marvin Perry III, Vincent DiMartino, Marshall Scott, David Greenhoe and Douglas Gerhart. She has performed with the Dubuque Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony and the Indianapolis Brass Choir. Amy specializes in the performance of contemporary trumpet literature and works involving extended techniques and classical improvisation. Amy is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild.

Amy’s favorite: 

Quote – “I have nothing to say and I am saying it.” John Cage

Class in college – Composition

Place traveled – Taiwan

  • Support Clarke - Spring
  • Arts at Clarke 2016
  • Transfer Fall 2015