The Southeast Trombone Symposium is an annual summer trombone workshop hosted by the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. The 2016 STS was held July 12-17 and included an intense week of competitions, recitals and masterclasses; and performances of solo repertoire, chamber music, and orchestral excerpts by STS students and faculty.
All workshop attendees auditioned and were placed into 3 categories. UT trombonists, Dillon MacIntyre, Manny Arredondo and Evan Williams were all selected for the top group of performers – the Participants Class – and each scored very highly in chamber ensemble placements. Additionally, Evan was named third prize winner in the STS Solo Competition and Dillon was selected as winner of the STS Orchestral Excerpt Competition and second prize winner in the solo competition. The top competition prize – a new Shires trombone (valued at over $6,000) – was custom built, using modular components, for Dillon at the symposium.
UT alum, Brain Hecht (BM ’07, Trombone Performance), current bass trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony, was also greatly involved with the STS – performing with STS faculty colleagues in all of the faculty recitals and excerpt masterclasses.
Members of the 2016 STS faculty included: Colin Williams, Assistant Principal Trombone, New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Nathan Zgonc, Assistant Principal Trombone, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; George Curran, Bass Trombone, New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Bill Thomas, Assistant Principal Trombone, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich; and Bradley Palmer, Professor of Trombone, Columbus State University.
Photos (arranged clockwise)
Evan Williams (far left) with STS faculty
Manny Arredondo performing onstage at STS
Dillon MacIntyre (far right) with members of his STS quartet