Arkansas 2022: Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir

The International Trombone Festival, in cooperation with the International Trombone Association is proud to present the inaugural concert of the

Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir

The Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir is a feature ensemble of outstanding African-American trombonists, covering a wide range of ages and stylistic disciplines. This ensemble celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the trombone and showcases the world class talent within this community of trombonists.

Organized by Tony Baker (University of North Texas) and Dr. Javier Stuppard (Electrify Your Symphony), the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir will not only showcase the talent of today’s top artists, but will serve to inspire, educate, and motivate the next generation of African-American trombonists through a dynamic mentorship program.

The Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir is excited to commission and perform a new work by premiere composer Kevin Day, for the 2022 International Trombone Festival program.

In Celebration of its 50th anniversary, The International Trombone Association is leading a consortium for a new commission by Kevin Day, to be premiered by the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir at ITF this summer. We welcome you to be a part of this consortium! For more information, click here.

An American whose music has been characterized by “propulsive, syncopated rhythms, colorful orchestration, and instrumental virtuosity,” (Robert Kirzinger, BSO) Miami-Based Composer Kevin Day (b. 1996) has quickly emerged as one of the leading young voices in the world of music composition today, whose music ranges from powerfully introspective to joyous exuberance.

Photo of Kevin Day. Credit Sara Bill Photography/Karen Cubides Agency

It is a great honor to present the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir concert and mentorship program at the 2022 ITF, and we thank all who had a hand in making this happen! Special thanks goes to the Board of the International Trombone Festival and the International Trombone Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

See you in Conway!