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News Archive 2006-07

News Archive


Sean McGhee awarded Performer's Certificate

Sean McGhee, bass trombone senior in the Stewart Studio, was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for his outstanding senior recital (program here).  In order to receive this honor, which is reserved for the school's top instrumental performers, the student's recital hearing must be nominated by the hearing committee.  The recital is attended by the entire departmental faculty.  If they approve, the student then performs his program again for the Performer's Certificate committee, which is made up of select faculty from all areas of the school.  Brass players in recent memory to achieve this award include Richard Harris (trombone 2001), Preston Hardage (trombone 2003), Matt Maslanka (euphonium 2004) and Matthew Holman (trumpet 2004)

Congrats to Sean!

Cory Mixdorf to perform Peaslee with Symphonic Band

Cory Mixdorf, co-winner of the brass department's concerto competition, will perform Richard Peaslee's "Arrows of Time" (1994) with the Symphonic Band on Tuesday, April 10th at 8pm in the MAC, Professor Scott A. Weiss conducting.  Mixdorf is a DM student with Peter Ellefson, and is also the Associate Instructor for the trombone area.

Trombones de Costa Rica on campus

Master class and performance with
Trombones de Costa Rica
March 22nd and 23rd

The famous quartet Trombones de Costa Rica will visit our campus this month.  A master class is planned for Thursday 3/22 at 8:30 pm in MA452, and a recital for Friday 3/23 at 9:30pm in Auer Hall.  Professor Ellefson was instrumental in initiating this, and our IUITA chapter worked creatively to bring various IU sources together with the Edwards Instrument Company in order to secure funding.

Ellefson Recital in Auer Hall

Professor Ellefson has announced a solo recital for Friday, March 30th at 8pm in Auer Hall.  Together with pianist Kimberly Carballo, he will perform works by Ferro, Stekke, Brahms, and Meza.

Trombone Choir to appear in off-campus chamber series

The Trombone Choir continues its busy semester, which includes three performances and two recording sessions.  On Sunday, March 4th the ensemble will present an entire program in Bloomington's CCMA series at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Fee Lane (Fee Lane and 45/46 Bypass, across from the State Police).  The concert begins at 2pm, and the program contains works by Gabrieli, Kenton, Tizol, Dorsey and others.  The event will be video-recorded for later broadcast by Bloomington's local CATS television.

Trombonists McGhee and Mixdorf win Brass Concerto Competition

Trombones scored again in the Brass Department's yearly concerto competition. Bass trombonist Sean McGhee, a senior in the Stewart Studio, handily won first place with his excellent performance of the Daniel Schynder subZERO Concerto (1999). He will perform that work with the Concert Orchestra on Wednesday 2/28 (8pm in the MAC). Cory Mixdorf, DM student with Professor Ellefson took 2nd place with Peaslee's Arrows of Time. He will solo with band at a date yet TBA.

Big Congrats to Sean and Cory!

Brass Concerto Competition winners
Sean McGhee and Cory Mixdorf


Audition Eve recitals in full swing

- Friday, January 12th at 7pm in Auer Hall
- Friday, February 2nd at 7pm in Auer Hall
- Friday March 2nd at 7pm in Auer Hall

The trombone faculty is pleased to present this year's three "Audition Eve" recitals. These three faculty/student recitals are presented for our visiting auditionees and families on the evenings before each audition Saturday, and are followed by a reception where faculty and prospective students can meet and mingle before the next day's busy audition schedule. Now in their fourth year, these events have become an important part of the trombone calendar in Bloomington. In addition to solo performances by the trombone faculty, the trombone choir and select students are also featured.

All attending trombonists and euphonium players (students, candidates, amateurs and professionals young and old) are encouraged to bring their instruments for the "Grand Finale"!

The February program will include the trombone faculty performing works by Bernstein, Boutry and Persichetti as well as the Trombone Choir playing works by Kenton, Tizol and Dorsey.

For those new to campus, Auer Hall is in the Simon Center - the building with the semi-circular fountain in front. Click here for a campus map with the Simon Center highlighted.


Orchestra - Wind Ensemble auditions announced

The information for the Spring 2007 Orchestra and Wind Ensemble auditions is available. Please click here.

Bass Trombonist Dave Taylor visits IU JSoM

 Dave Taylor works with James Yardley in master class

Through a collaboration with our New Music Ensemble (NME), Bass Trombonist Dave Taylor will visit the IU Jacobs School of Music on October 11th and 12th. Taylor is a world-renowned bass trombonist with an incredible array of professional experiences, from Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra to Blood, Sweat & Tears. Three events are planned for his time here on campus:

Wednesday 10/11 at 5:30 - 7pm in MA452: Master class

Thursday 10/12 at 2:30 - 4pm in Ford Hall: Class on "Survival as a Solo/Chamber Artist"

Thursday 10/12 at 8pm in Auer Hall: NME Concert, featuring Dave Taylor on Charles Wuorinen's Archeopteryx, as well as music by McLoskey, Jurtag, Takemitsu and Freund

Many thanks go to Professor David Dzubay for making this happen!

Live 8/4/06 Hornoff performance uploaded

A live recording of the 8/4/06 Auer Hall performance of Alfred Hornoff's
Suite for Trombones
with Carl Lenthe and studio members Marcilliat, Woltering, Maslanka has been uploaded in the StudioLenthe pages. More uploads of "LentheLive" recordings from the years 1977-2006 are in planning.

Clint Woltering wins position with Naval Academy Band

Clint Woltering recently won the audition for the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis. Clint, a graduate student in StudioLenthe, will begin his duties this fall, and assumes the position vacated by IU graduate Jon Reycraft, who is joining the trombone section of the Saint Louis Symphony. Among the three finalists at the Annapolis audition was Todd Schendel, who earned his IU masters degree in 2001.

Big Congrats to Clint!!

Trombone Choir Auditions and Semester announced

The Fall 2006 Trombone Choir will be an octet, with Professor Lenthe as a playing member. Auditions for trombone choir will be held on Wed 8/30 beginning at 6pm in MA315. Please sign up for a time at MA315, taking the next available time. Audition repertoire and schedule information is available here. A 10/26 concert in Auer Hall is planned, with a further performance taking place in the IU Auditorium's "Chimes of Christmas" program.

Ensemble placement auditions announced

Ensemble placement auditions for orchestras and Wind Ensemble will take place on Monday 8/28/06 beginning at 6:30 pm in MA452. Please sign up in person for the audition in

Sycamore Hall 246

before noon on 8/28. Upon signing up, you will receive your audition time. Further information and repertoire lists are available here.

Information for placement in Symphonic and Concert Bands is available from the department of bands at (812) 855-1372 or

For information about Jazz Band placement, please contact that department through the faculty links found at:

Sprott & Hardage return to IU as guest artists

Weston Sprott and Preston Hardage, two members of our recent IU trombone history, will be visiting campus for a master class and recital during this year's IU Summer Music Festival.

Sprott, who studied at IU for two years before attending the Curtis Institute of Music, has just finished his first season as 2nd Trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Hardage, who completed his Bachelor of Music at IU in 2004, is a member of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C.

Both trombonists will collaborate with Professor Lenthe in a master class on Wednesday 8/2 at 7pm in the Auer Hall Green Room, and a recital on Friday 8/4 at 7pm in Auer Hall.

IU Trombone Alum score big successes

Another two recent IU graduates have scored big on the audition scene!

Toby Oft was awarded the Principal Trombone position with the San Diego Symphony. Previous positions he has held include the Buffalo Philharmonic and Florida West Coast Symphony, as well as extensive substitute work with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

Jonathan Reycraft will be joining the trombone section of the Saint Louis Symphony, beginning with the 06-07 season. Currently a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Jon's string of successes include winning the Zellmer Competition as well as reaching the final round of numerous auditions.

A big congrats to both trombonists and the many who had a hand in their successes!

Summer Music Festival offers highlights for trombonists

The IU Summer Music Festival, a musical feast for the music community locally and at large, also offers many events of trombone-specific interest.

Two Festival Orchestra concerts will highlight major symphonic repertoire. On the 7/20 program Michael Stern will conduct works by Glinka, Ravel, and Tchaikovsky. For the 8/3 program Leonard Slatkin will present works by Lutoslawski and Strauss. The Symphony Orchestra concert on 7/11, conducted by Cliff Colnott, will include the Shostakovich 5th Symphony. The three outdoor band concerts (7/12,19 & 26) are always well-visited, and showcase the high culture of wind music at our school.

Weekly master classes are held each Monday evening at 6:30 in the Auer Hall Green Room. The 7/10 class will include an inter-active audition forum with Cliff Colnott.

A Faculty/Guest Artist recital will be held on Friday 8/4 at 7pm in Auer Hall featuring Weston Sprott, Preston Hardage, and Carl Lenthe. These artists will also present an extra-curricular master class on Wednesday evening 8/2 (location TBA).

Professor Stewart's successful College Audition Preparation Workshop (CAP) will afford about a dozen young, aspiring college-bound trombonists the opportunity to interact with our student body and faculty. Two "don't-miss" programs in that workshop are:

CAP Faculty Recital: Sunday, 7/23 at 8pm in Auer Hall

IU Students Play for CAP: Monday 7/24 at 8pm in Auer Hall

Various degree and ad hoc recitals by our students are also in planning. In addition to those trombonists enrolled for the summer session, many of our graduate students are also present in Bloomington for the summer, adding vibrancy to the trombone community.

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