Dr. Eddie Ludema


Dr. Eddie Ludema
  • B.Mus. University of Utah
  • M.M. Indiana University
  • D.M.A.  Indiana University

Dr. Eddie Ludema is Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory at Idaho State University. His duties consist of working with the ISU trumpet studio, teaching courses in music theory and music technology, and performing with the Portneuf Brass Quintet and the Idaho Civic-Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Idaho State, Dr. Ludema served as the full-time Instructor of Trumpet at Indiana State University, where he worked with the trumpet studio, served as director of the Indiana State University Jazz Ensemble and Trumpet Ensemble,  and organized the annual Indiana State University Jazz Festival (working with Sean Jones, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Potter and Victor Rendon). He performed and provided clinics regionally and internationally with the ISU Faculty Ambassador Brass Quintet, which toured Vietnam, Thailand, Hungary, Austria and Croatia in 2016 and 2018. In addition to his activities at Indiana State, Dr. Ludema served as Principal Trumpet for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and the Classical Music Festival Orchestrain Eisenstadt, Austria. He has also performed as principal or section trumpet for the Utah Symphony (substitute), ORSO Rock-Orchester (Freiburg, Germany), Orchestra at Temple Square with the Tabernacle Choir (Salt Lake City, Utah), the Regali Winds (Terre Haute, Indiana), and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble (Bloomington, Indiana), among others. He was a founding member of and recorded the album "Spires" with the Mirari Brass Quintet, a touring education-focused ensemble. As a soloist, he has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony, IU New Music Ensemble, along with solo engagements in the United States and Europe.

Dr. Ludema received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Pedagogy and Literature with doctoral minors in Music Theory and Jazz Studies and his Masters of Music at Indiana Universitywhere he studied with John Rommel and briefly with Joey Tartell. Prior to his studies at IU, he received a Künstlerische Ausbildung (Artistic Training Diploma) at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik(Germany) with Tony Plog. Before studying with Mr. Plog, he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of Utahwith Nick Norton.

With an extensive background as a professional programmer, Dr. Ludema has designed and developed several software solutions, including an in-house, web-based cross-platform practice logging system, which allows students to track practice sessions, goals, notes on specific tasks, studio participation reporting, and provides a central repository of basic resources. The system also provides an administrative portal that helps teachers keep track of their students’ assignments and progress. He also recently developed Dr. Dronein collaboration with Dr. Jason Sulliman, a full-scale intonation training app that is currently used around the world.

Dr. Ludema’s passion is teaching and learning - learning from the wonderful people all over the world with whom he’s been blessed to work; and teaching by helping students expand their perspectives and artistic power while helping guide them in their process of self-learning, exploration and discovery. In addition to teaching and performing, he continues to code (some would dubiously say “hack”), sings a mean bass in his wife’s church choir, and is on a continual hunt for the best tamales, panuchos, and habaneros. He and his lovely wife, Beth – a vocalist, oboist, and music educator with a focus on early childhood education - thoroughly enjoy life with their hilarious little boy, Hendrik (who in his young age can sing nearly every tune from the Super Mario Bros. series).