Indiana 2019

The Board of Directors of the International Trombone Festival is excited to announce that the 2019 ITF will be held at:

Ball State University, Muncie Indiana

Festival Host: Dr. Chris van Hof

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A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chris Van Hof is the newly-appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University. Chris leads an active and varied career as a performer in all styles on the trombone and euphonium; a teacher and clinician in brass, chamber music, and jazz; and a writer and arranger of music for ensembles from trombone choir to symphony orchestra. He has recently performed solo recitals and given master classes in California, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Colorado. He is currently the auxilliary/extra trombonist with the Fort Collins Symphony (CO) and the Cheyenne Symphony (WY) and has been a substitute performer with the orchestras of Madison, WI, Rochester, NY, and Southwest Fla. as well as the acclaimed Boulder Brass in Colo. He recorded two albums with the funk band the Po Boys Brass Band that also included many of his original compositions. He co-founded the Emerald Brass Quintet and still performs with that group throughout the United States. He has played in big bands backing up Johnny Mathis, Slide Hampton, Stefon Harris, Clay Aiken, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. He was principal trombonist on the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 2008 recording collaboration with the Canadian Brass called Manhattan Music. He has performed as a chamber musician throughout Europe at venues in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Finland. From 2008-2011, he was the Afternoon Drive-Time host of the all-classical-music radio station WXXI Classical 91.5 in Rochester, N.Y. And he has been an associate producer for recordings by artists including flutist Michelle Stanley, tubist Stephanie Frye, euphoniumist Matthew Mireles, and the Madison, Wis.-based Isthmus Brass. Chris has previously taught trombone at Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Nazareth College (Rochester, NY). He is proud to be an endorsed Performing Artist for Boston-based S.E. Shires Custom Brass Instruments as well as Castle Rock, Colorado-based Facet Mutes.

Thank you, Chris!  We are looking forward to an awesome Festival in 2019!

Indiana 2019

The Board of Directors of the International Trombone Festival is excited to announce that the 2019 ITF will be held at:

Ball State University, Muncie Indiana

Festival Host: Dr. Chris van Hof

Chris+Van+Hof

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chris Van Hof is the Assistant Professor of Trombone at Ball State University, and Host of the 2019 International Trombone Festival. He previously held the same position at Colorado State University from 2013-2017. An S. E. Shires Performing Artist, he is also Principal Trombone of the Muncie Symphony, trombonist in both the Da Camera Brass (in residence at Ball State), and the Emerald Brass, and is a regular extra/substitute performer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz and commercial ensembles in the Indianapolis metro area. Chris is an experienced performer in multiple styles, having spent time equally as a symphonic player with the orchestras of Kalamazoo (MI), Rochester (NY), Madison (WI), Fort Collins (CO), and Cheyenne (WY); and as a section member of commercial horn sections, jazz big bands and the trombone funk band the PoBoys Brass Band (2007-2011). Along with bass trombonist Evan Conroy, he performs in the duo Make More Noise, which gave four world premieres in 2018 at the American Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival. Chris has also been an invited artist/faculty member at Rekkenze Brass Week in Bavaria (2018) and the Taller de Trombones Panamá (2017).

This year academic year (2018-2019), Chris will be a featured concerto soloist with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra, a featured soloist on electric trombone with the Ball State Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, a  frequent recital collaborator for his own faculty recital and with other BSU faculty on their recitals, and will make his first trip to Costa Rica, teaching and performing for a week in January with BSU saxophone professor Nathan Bogert.

With over ten years of experience in higher education Chris has a deep background in teaching and is passionate about his work at Ball State. He trains his students to be adept at all styles of music on the trombone, to establish clear career objectives, to explore entrepreneurial and alternative paths of employment in the arts, and to focus on a strong process to accomplish all those goals. He has presented clinics for the Indiana All-State Orchestra, Colorado Music Educators Association Conference, and BIGXII Trombone Conference, he is a regular clinician and coach in high school music programs nationally and internationally, and he promotes a keen attention to teaching style and ability among his students at BSU. Chris studied with Mark Hetzler for his Doctorate (UW-Madison, DMA), Mark Kellogg for his Master’s (Eastman School of Music, MM), and Steve Wolfinbarger for his Bachelor’s (Western Michigan University, BM Music Education). He lives in Muncie with his wife Andrea and their two sons, Dexter and Fritz.

Thank you, Chris!  We are looking forward to an awesome Festival in 2019!