Trombonists at Illinois State University cultivate the highest artistic standards, develop technical mastery to allow for optimal artistic freedom, broaden their knowledge of literature and styles, and develop professional skills, work ethic, and habits.
Weekly private lessons.
Weekly studio master classes.
Brass Chamber Music- Trombonists perform in brass quintets, trombone quartets, and other types of brass chamber ensembles. Regularly scheduled student chamber music recitals each semester. Weekly coaching with brass faculty. Open to all trombone students who audition for ensemble placement.
Trombone Choir- Open to all Illinois State University trombone majors, plus other invited players. Performs at least one concert per semester.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
Choose two works in contrasting style.
Note: All students auditioning for acceptance into the B.M. in Jazz Studies sequence must complete two separate auditions: one classical audition on your instrument (see each studio’s requirements) and also a jazz audition (requirements listed below.)
Note: For numbers 2 and 3 above, students may use a play-along device of their choosing if desired such as “I-Real Pro” or they may choose to play unaccompanied.
Area Recitals, Convocation Concerts, Community Outreach concerts and Degree Recitals. Students may also be involved in municipal bands, jazz bands and play for special occasions such as weddings and other social occasions in brass chamber ensembles.
Every year, the trombone studio hosts at least one special guest artist. Previous artists include