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Dr. Eddie Ludema

Assistant Professor of Music | Trumpet

Office: FA 318

(208) 282-3479


  • B.Mus. University of Utah
  • K.A. Freiburg Hochschule für Musik
  • M.M. Indiana University
  • D.M.A.  Indiana University


Eddie is Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Music Theory and Tech at Idaho State University. He’s principal trumpet with the Idaho State Civic Symphony and performs with the Portneuf Brass Quintet and the ISU New Music Faculty Ensemble. He and Prof. Jon Armstrong formed and co-direct the acoustoelectric Video Game Music Ensemble as a part of the exciting Commercial Music Program at Idaho State. He works with the trumpet studio, trumpet ensemble, brass ensemble and teaches music theory, music technology and improvisation. Prior to moving to beautiful Pocatello, he taught at Indiana State University and was an associate instructor at Indiana University. He was principal trumpet with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony and was the Jazz Ensemble director at Indiana State. He’s performed with the Utah Symphony, The Orchestra at Temple Square (Utah), the ORSO Rock Orchestra (Germany), the Classical Music Festival Orchestra (Austria), the Carmel (Indiana) Symphony, and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. He was a founding member of the Mirari Brass Quintet and toured internationally with the ISU (Indiana State University) Faculty Ambassador Brass Quintet. He produces the “Anthony Plog on Music” podcast (give it a listen!) and - as a professional coder (some would say “hacker”) - has built the intonation practice app “Dr. Drone” (a collaboration with Dr. Jason Sulliman) and the “Set Class Calculator” for his music theory students. He received doctoral and masters degrees from Indiana University with John Rommel, an Artist’s Diploma with Anthony Plog at the Freiburg Music Conservatory (Germany), and a bachelor’s with Nick Norton at the University of Utah. He also performed on masterclasses with Wolfgang Guggenberger, Frits Damrow, Karl Schuhwerk, Bernhard Bär, Allan Dean, Josef Eidenberger, Stanley Friedman, Balázs Nemes, Steven Verhaert, and Allen Vizzutti.

Eddie loves teaching and learning - learning from wonderful people around the world who he’s been blessed to work with; and teaching by helping students broaden their perspectives and artistic power while assisting them in their process of discovery. In addition to his musical life, he’s a foodie on a never-ending hunt for the best tamales, lasagnas and Käses-Spätzle (everything the spicier the better.) He and his lovely wife, Beth – a vocalist, oboist, and incredible music educator - thoroughly enjoy life with their hilarious little boy, Hendrik… who in his young age has become a coder and can sing nearly every tune from the Super Mario Bros. series – up two octaves.