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CWU Music Graduate Receives National Recognition

Jacob Batchelder

Central Washington University Music graduate Jacob Batchelder has been named as one of 13 winners of the 33rd annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition for his skill, talent, and artistry as a trumpet player. 

The prestigious competition celebrates student musicians across the United States excelling in jazz, contemporary, and classical genres. More than 300 world-class musicians have been recognized by the competition since its inception.

Batchelder, a 2022 alumnus, is the principal trumpet in CWU’s Symphony Orchestra, and also participates in other groups, including the Jazz Band, where he is a featured soloist on both trumpet and guitar. He enjoys composing jazz music, and is currently auditioning for graduate schools where he can continue his musical career. Another standout CWU trumpeter, Amy Boedigheimer, received honorable mention from YYPA.

John Wittmann, associate vice president for the Yamaha Artist Relations Group, says the YYPA is part of the company’s efforts to further music education.

“The YYPA Program is one of the ways we at Yamaha continue to show our commitment to promising young musicians’ futures,” he said. “Helping to launch the careers of these artists is exciting and deeply fulfilling to us. This year’s winners are extraordinary, and we are excited to provide them a completely unique experience!”

Batchelder and his fellow winners were awarded a trip to the YYPA Celebration June 25-28 in Muncie, Indiana, where they performed in front of an audience of industry professionals and their peers in the study of music. The YYPA award-winners also participated in workshops designed to give them the tools to launch a competitive career in the modern music field.

Yamaha Corporation of America is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corp., a world-leading music company based in Japan. Read more about the YYPA competition online.

Media Contact: Rune Torgersen, Department of Public Affairs,,