UT Has Strong Presence at 2016 Southeast Trombone Symposium. Dillon MacIntyre wins excerpt competition.

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




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Famed trombone soloist, James Markey, will visit UT in January 2017

jamesmarkey_345x290Fresh off a stimulating couple of years that were highlighted by UT visits from Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Paul Welcomer (San Francisco Symphony), Ken Thompkins (Detroit Symphony), David Fedderly (Baltimore Symphony) and UT alums Brian Hecht (Atlanta Symphony) and John Schwalm (Chicago Lyric Opera); studio members are looking forward to an upcoming visit from James Markey, bass trombonist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Markey will present a masterclass on Sunday, January 29, 4:00pm, in the UT Recital Studio.  The following day, January 30, he will present a solo recital  at 7:30 pm, in the Recital Studio.  These events are free and open to the public.

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Jeanette Velasco wins 2016 UT Concerto Competition!

Jeanette and DillonJeanette Velasco (senior, bass trombone performance major) was named winner of the 2016 UT Concerto Competition (Wind,Brass, Percussion Division). She will perform the Steven Verhelst Concertino with the UT Symphony Orchestra on February 17 at 7:30pm in Bates Recital Hall. That concert will also feature Respighi’s Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome.

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Justin Dunlap and Sterling Tanner win 2016 ATW Solo Competitions!

Four UT students were named finalists in 2016 American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competitions: Ben Yang (freshman, bass trombone performance major), Justin Dunlap (freshman, trombone performance major), Sterling Tanner (2nd year MM bass trombone performance major), and Evan Sankey (2nd year DMA trombone performance major). The ATW National Solo Competition is an annual event that gives students and young professionals an opportunity to compete with soloists drawn from around the world. The organization has drafted the event as follows:

Recordings are sent to ATW for review in November. From this semifinal round, up to three entrants per division are invited to compete in an open public recital doing the workshop in front of a distinguished panel of judges. The judges select winners and provide valuable comments to each of the competitors.

This year’s event was held March 9 and 10 in Brucker Hall – the United States Army’s Performance Center – located at historic Fort Myer, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

Justin was selected as winner in Tenor Trombone Division 1 (for trombonist age 18 and under) and Sterling was selected as winner in Bass Trombone Division 3 (the most advanced competition category).

The ATW is the largest professionally organized and staffed annual trombone conference in the United States. Soloist, educators, and students — as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world — attend the workshop.


(l to r) Sterling Tanner, Ben Yang, Evan Sankey, Justin Dunlap

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Welcome New Trombone Students and Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome in our new class of students:

Megan Boutin – Brunswick, ME
Brandon Gonzales – Copperas Cove
Nat Hsu – San Antonio
Tyler Smolovik – Arlington
Sterling Tanner – Trussville, AL
Anna Wessels – Cedar Park

We are thrilled to have you join our family!

We also send congratulations and best wishes to our 2016 graduating class:

Manny Arredondo – MM
Weston Floyd – BM
Manny Arredondo – MM
Weston Floyd – BM
Ross Jenkins – BA
Li Kuang – DMA
James DILLON MacIntyre – BM
Travis Marks – MM
Sterling Tanner – MM
Jeanette Velasco – BM

Looking forward to hearing of your many successes as you enter into the next chapter of your lives. WHAT STARTS HERE CHANGES THE WORLD!

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Brian Hecht, runner up in the New York Philharmonic audition, named bass trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Brian HechtUniversity of Texas alum, Brian Hecht (BM 2007 in performance), was runner up in the recent New York Philharmonic bass trombone audition and has subsequently been hired as bass trombonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming 2013-14 subscription concert season. As an added perk to his new post, he has been hired as Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Hecht held the bass trombone position with the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.

Brian has performed with several major ensembles throughout his career including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra (under the baton of Simon Rattle), National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, and the Kennedy Center Ballet.

Brian has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including first prize at the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, Edwards Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition, and the ETW’s Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he was a finalist in three international competitions including the International Trombone Association’s Edward Kleinhammer Competition, the Donald Yaxley Competition, and the International Trombone Quartet Competition. In addition, he has given masterclasses and recitals throughout the nation.

Brian has been a featured soloist with the Navy Band on multiple occasions and can be heard on several of their CDs and DVDs.

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UT Trombone Quartet Wins 1st Prize in 2013 International Competition

Northside Trombone Quartet

Photo ( l – r): Alex Cruz, Blair Castle, Jeremy Marks, Trey Medrano

Northside Trombone Quartet, a chamber ensemble at The University of Texas at Austin, recently won first prize in the trombone quartet competition at the 2013 International Trombone Festival held this summer in Columbus, Georgia. The ensemble, comprised of three graduate students (Jeremy Marks, Alex Cruz and Blair Castle) and an undergrad (Trey Medrano), was the only ensemble from the Americas selected to compete in the final round of competition.

Subito Bones (Joshua Balleza, Matt Carr, Alex Glen, and Daniel Fears), also UT students, won first prize in last year’s trombone quartet competition at the 2012 International Trombone Festival in Paris, France.

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UT Trombone Alums Complete Successful Tour

The Minor 4th Trombone QuartetThe Minor 4th Trombone Quartet recently completed a busy 2013 performance season. The ensemble is comprised of UT Butler School of Music alumni who hold university positions in the state of Texas. Oscar Diaz (DMA 2008) is the Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas A & M University – Kingsville, Martin McCain (MM 2006, DMA 2008) is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Texas State University, Rai Morales (MM 2005, DMA 2008) is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at West Texas A & M University and Javier Stuppard (MM 2007, DMA 2012) is Assistant Professor of Music at Huston-Tillotson University.

In March, the quartet toured universities in Virginia including Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) and were also guest artists at the Eastern Trombone Workshop (Arlington). In June, the ensemble performed at the International Trombone Festival (Columbus, GA) where they received two standing ovations! The quartet recently gave a clinic titled “Teaching Small Ensemble Concepts Through the Prescribed Music List” at the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, held in San Antonio, in July.

The Minor 4th Trombone Quartet performs on Michael Rath Trombones and are affiliates of GigEasy and AirTurn, Inc.

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UT and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark establish a Trombone Exchange Program

Professors Johansen and Brickens with the combined trombone studios

Professors Johansen and Brickens with the combined studios during a rehearsal break outside the UT Music Building.

Several years ago, the UT Butler School of Music established an exchange program with several of the top European schools of music. As a tie in to that initiative, the trombone programs at UT and the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark (RAMA) scheduled, during the 2010-11 school year, a very successful exchange of trombone professors from the respective institutions – Niels-Ole Bo Johansen (Professor at RAMA) and Nathaniel Brickens (Professor at UT) each swapped teaching positions to serve as visiting teachers in residence at their international counterpart. During 2011-12, in an effort to advance the cultural, artistic and educational associations one step further, the thirteen members of the Trombone Studio from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark) visited Austin, April 15 – 22, for a week of shared masterclasses, clinics, recitals, concerts and social activities. The Danes and the UT studio capped off the week by traveling to Fort Worth to present a joint trombone choir concert at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit, hosted by Professor David Begnoche at Texas Christian University. The UT Austin Trombone Studio, fresh off 2012 performances in France, Switzerland and Germany, is presently making plans to complete their exchange portion of the commitment with RAMA by traveling to Aarhus, March 10-15, 2014.

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