Student Ensembles

We are excited to announce that the following student ensembles have been selected to perform for ITF 2018!

Student groups are the backbone of the ITF, and we are thrilled to have so many outstanding ensembles featured on the program this year!  Congratulations to the following students and their directors, who have been chosen to perform at ITF 2018!

Crossbones, Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Jemmie Robertson, Director

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Eastern CrossBones was founded in 2012 to champion chamber music for trombones in both the jazz and classical idioms.  Under the director of Dr. Jemmie Robertson, the group will present a program focusing on jazz trombone quintet arrangements and rhythm section.

CU Trombone Society, University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. William Stanley, Director

The CU Trombone Society is a traditional trombone ensemble made up of music majors attending the University of Colorado College of Music.  Freshmen through doctoral students meet once a week on Sunday evenings to delve into ensemble rehearsal protocol, ensemble balance and intonation, and to put into practice the concepts and techniques presented in private lessons.

CUTS will perform works by Hartely, Gabrieli, Marcello, Ticheli, Kern, and Chick Corea.

Natural Slides Trombone Ensemble, University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Justin Cook, Director

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The Natural Slides Trombone Octet is the premier trombone ensemble at the University of Central Arkansas.  Under the director of Dr. Justin Cook, The Natural Slides has been featured at the American Trombone Workshop, Arkansas Music Educators Conference, the Big 12 Trombone Workshop, and the Texas State Trombone Symposium, and also enjoys an extensive performing schedule each year in around the Conway and Little Rock areas.

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Trombone Ensemble, Dr. Phil Ostrander, Director

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The UWEC Trombone Ensemble will present a concert of new arrangements for trombone ensemble, featuring a innovative setting of three spirituals: “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” and “Ezeckiel Saw De Wheel,” arranged by director Phil Ostrander. This historically under-represented music from the American canon will feature guest artist Tony Baker, Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas. Also on the program will be “Water Night,” by Eric Whitacre, and “Good Night, Dear Heart,” both arranged by Leo Johnson, a student member of the group.

Eastern Kentucky University Trombone Society, Dr. Nathan Siler, Director

The EKU Trombone Society is an ensemble dedicated to new music.  Under the leadership of Dr. Siler, the group has commissioned no fewer than 12 new works in the past two years.  For their 2018 ITF program, EKU will premier Children of Aleppo, for trombone ensemble and video, by composer Rodney Oakes.  Also on the program are eight other new works, by composers such as Frank Gulino, Richard Waters, John Siler, and Richard Byrd.  Hailing from Richmond, KY, the EKU Trombone Society is an 18 member trombone choir comprised of undergraduate music majors.

University of Redlands Trombone Choir, Dr. Andrew Glendening, Director

Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Glendenning (2017 ITF Host), the Redlands Trombone Choir will perform a program combining both new works and lesser-known literature for trombone choir. Redlands composer Alex Ehredt will be featured, and the concert will also include Redlander for 8 trombones by Jakub Polaczyk, a work composed as part of the 2017 ITF Composer’s Workshop. Also on the program will be a set of Männerchöre lieder, selected from arrangements by Thomas E. Cramer of works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, and le Jeune.

Razorbones, University of Arkansas, Dr. Cory Mixdorf, Director

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The University of Arkansas Trombone Ensemble – the RAZORBONES – will perform a program combining standard repertoire from the canon of trombone ensemble literature, new music, and innovative arrangements.  Included on the program will be Eric Ewazen’s Great Lakes Octet, Anthony DiLorenzo’s Full Tilt, director Cory Mixdorf’s arrangement of the opening “Allegretto” from Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta, and the premiere of a new work for trombone choir by University of Arkansas composer, Robert Mueller.

Ensemble de Trombones – Glissando, Facultad de Música – UNAM (Mexico)

Glissando is a student Trombone Ensemble that began its activities in 2016 within the trombone studio of professors Marcia Medrano and Iain Hunter, both Trombone teachers at the Faculty of Music of the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM).  Originally conceived as a Trombone Quartet, Glissando has transformed itself along the way in order to improve its artistic qualities and to have more possibilities of performing different and several kinds of repertoires.  Thus, Glissando has retained a total of eight trombone players, all of them students of the most important music schools of Mexico City, such as Escuela Superior de Música del INBA, Facultad de Música de la UNAM and Escuela Ollin Yoliztli.  Under the director of Professor Medrano, the ensemble will present a diverse program ranging from early music to jazz, to folk and popular styles.

Ball State University Trombone Choir, Dr. Chris van Hof, Director

Hosts for the 2019 ITF, the Ball State University Trombone Studio is dedicated to stylistic versatility. Student performers range from freshmen music education majors to doctoral conducting majors, and come from Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, South Carolina, Colorado, and Texas. The group will feature works unique to the BSU Trombone Choir, including an original composition and arrangement by the group’s director, Dr. Chris Van Hof, as well as a new fanfare by a BSU composition faculty member.