The ITF is the place for chamber music in all combinations, with cutting-edge new music sharing the stage with favorite standards of the repertoire. Trombone quartets, trios, choirs, mixed groups, and chamber ensembles of all styles and configurations can be found on this year’s program!
Check out the overview below, and then make your plans to attend some outstanding concerts from our ITF Presenters!
Recital: Elysian Trombone Consort: Timothy Anderson, Dr. Chad Arnow, Dr. Brett Shuster, Dr. Nathan Siler
The Elysian Trombone Consort is pleased to perform at the International Trombone Festival again. Formed in 2009, the Consort continues in its mission to bring new and undiscovered trombone chamber works to its audiences. In its nine years, the group has commissioned and premiered nearly twenty new works for trombone quartet. In addition to the 2013 ITF, the Elysian Trombone Consort has performed at the American Trombone Workshop and the College Music Society National Convention as well as at universities throughout the country. As with our previous ITF program, this year’s recital features the premieres of numerous new pieces.
Recital: Blenheim Trio
Bruce Tychinski, Trombone, University of Delaware
Heidi Lucas, Horn, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Chris Combest, Tuba, Middle Tennessee State University
With Michael Schneider, piano
The Blenheim Trio was formed in 2012 when all three members were faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Since that time, the group has appeared at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria, the U.S. Army Band’s Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and at several universities and summer festivals. The ensemble works to promote new music for this chamber combination and support living composers. Today’s program includes three world premieres commissioned by the trio.
Recital: Tantalizing Trombone Trios
Dr. Michael Davidson, Associate Professor of Trombone, University of Kansas
Dr. Timothy Howe, Associate Professor of Trombone, University of Missouri
Dr. J. Mark Thompson, Professor of Trombone, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Since 2015 Drei Bones Trombone Trio has made frequent appearances at trombone conferences and universities, performing recitals of trombone trio literature. In addition, Drei Bones released a CD of trombone trio music through Emeritus Records in January 2016, with their second CD to be released in early 2019. The trio is developing a creative research niche in the performance of trombone trio literature. They are also active in creating new literature for trombone trio and have already commissioned, recorded, and premiered several new works for trombone trio.
Recital: Trio 8831
Dr. David Begnoche, Professor of Trombone, Texas Christian University
Jon Burgess, Professor of Trumpet, Texas Christian University
Sara Doan, Piano
Trio 8831 was founded in 2010 by award winning pianist Sara Doan, trumpeter Dr. Jon Burgess (Associate Professor of Trumpet, TCU) and trombonist Dr. David Begnoche (Associate Professor of Trombone, TCU). Blending the 88 keys, 3 pistons and 1 slide at their disposal, 8831 is committed to performing original works for this instrumentation and has commissioned new works from composers including Jan Sørensen and Steven Sacco, as well as TCU faculty Blaise Ferrandino, Robert Garwell, and Till Meyn. All four works on this 2018 ITF program will receive their Iowa premiere and Sørensen’s New Beginnings, its world premiere.
Recital: Texas Select Trombone Quartet
John Romero, (Newly Appointed) Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; (Former) Ft. Worth Sym.
Brent Phillips, Professor of Trombone, Baylor University
James T. Decker, Professor of Trombone, Texas Tech University
Scott Nguyen, bass trombone
STARK OPERA STUDIO
Texas Select Trombone Quartet is comprised of some of the foremost trombone players residing in the “Lone Star State.” Members of TSTQ regularly perform with the finest orchestras in Texas, including the Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic and the Waco Symphony. Texas Select members are award winning soloists, chamber musicians and prominent teachers at Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Blast of Brass camps and have been hosted by Houghton Horns and Baylor University Lyceum Lecture series. TSTQ’s mission is to bring excellence to the trombone quartet repertoire and introduce new and exciting arrangements and commissions. TSTQ culminates their Spring 2018 Tour with this ITF Recital.
Recital: Double Trombone Quartet
The American Trombone Quartet
Jemmie Roberston, Nathaniel Lee, Szolt Szabo, and William Mann
Qu4tre à 4
Christian Bogaert, François Bogaert, Nicolas LaPierre, and Philippe Lorthios
With Mark Rheaume, Conductor
Qu4tre à 4 originally heralds from the Pas de Calais in the Northern part of France. It is there that they continue their musical journey, working in the region and teaching in the national conservatories. From transcriptions to original works, these four trombonists help you discover the richness of their instruments through their musical sensitivity. Each of them a proven professor, they like to add educational touches to their appearances, not only with master classes but also with tailor-made musical fairy tales especially designed for their ensemble. They represent the “French” trombone school with dignity, showcasing its characteristics by appearing at the most prestigious international festivals (Paris, Valencia, Lausanne, New York, Los Angeles, SliderAsia Hong-Kong).
Founded in 2015, The American Trombone Quartet, seeks to champion new music and works of Americana, whether that is by sharing recently composed works with new audiences, commissioning new works, or by adapting innovative musical works from various genres, each avenue leads us towards our goal, which is to share the art and joy of collaborative chamber music with live audiences. The four founding members; Nathaniel Lee, William Mann, Zsolt Szabo, and Jemmie Robertson, have come together from diverse musical and pedagogical backgrounds to advocate for music education and audience engagement. To this end we happily devote ourselves to both performing and teaching in residencies.
Concert: Combined Community Trombone Choirs from Across the US
Rose City Trombones
Andy Taylor & John Ohnstad, Directors
Dr. Jeff Williams, Conductor
David Bryan, Larry Coates, Joseph Jefferson, Sam Louke, Brad Mcmillan, John Ohnstad, Todd Ouchida, Spencer Schaffer, Jerry Stalnaker, Andy Taylor
Atlanta Trombone Ensemble
Gil Estes, Director
Phil Guice, Hollie Lawing, Jim Wile, Mitch Frey, Kerry Smith, Ed Bush, Lee Butts, Jen Mitchell, Bob Devine, Erik Kofoed, Stephen Hanner, Chris Norris, Bruce Mangan, Bill Pritchard, Todd Brubaker
With Natalie Mannix, Tenor Trombone
Dr. Jeff Williams, Conductor
Recital: Solo and Chamber Music by Women Composers
Ava Ordman (ITA Honoree), Professor of Trombone, Michigan State University
Isabelle Lavoie, Lecturer of Trombone, Lakehead University
Natalie Mannix, Associate Professor of Trombone, University of North Texas
Amanda Stewart, Associate Principal Trombone, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Michael Schneider, Piano
This recital features solo and chamber music for trombone by women composers. Included in the program are 3 solos, a duet written for Ava and Natalie, and a new quartet which will receive its world premiere today. Ava Ordman and her sister trombonists Isabelle Lavoie, Natalie Mannix and Amanda Stewart are excited to share this music with you.
Concert: Original Compositions for Low Brass Trio
Black Bayou Brass
Dr. Jeremy Marks, Trombone, Dr. James Boldin, Horn, and Tracy Bedgood, Tuba
Faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe
SEE YOU IN IOWA CITY!