Trombone Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Trombone Program at the University of Illinois has a strong history. All music majors study with Professor Chasanov. The emphasis in the Trombone Program at Illinois is focused first on strengthening each student's fundamentals and musicality. With these concepts under way, students focus on applying a musical approach to their own area of interest, be it symphonic, jazz, commercial, or solo. A great deal of emphasis is also put on pedagogical technique. Each student is encouraged to broaden his or her experience in all performance styles. The same expectations are made of performance majors and non-performance majors, with the focus on becoming a musician above all else.
Among its alumni are major orchestral players, college teachers, freelancers and service band performers. They include Barry Hearn, principal trombone, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Steve Brown, Nashville Symphony; Marc LaChance, Hastings College (NE); Chris Nigrelli, Lenore-Rhyne College; Wendy Schultz, Concordia College; William Stanley, University of Colorado; Andrew Williams. Reno Philharmonic; Benjamin Yates, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and many others.
The UI Trombone Choir and UI Trombone Consortium are integral tools in accomplishing the goals of the trombone program. They are used first and foremost as as vehicles for development of tone, blend, pitch, style, and musicianship. Chamber music skills are stressed through the large number of active trombone quartets. The University of Illinois Trombone Choir was the winner of the 1993 Emory Remington International Trombone Choir Competition sponsored by the International Trombone Association. The choir performed a featured concert at the 1993 International Trombone in Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio. The UI Trombone Choir has also performed at The Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, The Illinois Music Educators Conference as well as on numerous concert tours to Washington, DC, the Southeast, Southwest, and the Midwest. The choir has also performed at the Montreal Music Festival and Festival Launediere in Quebec.
Degrees offered in Trombone Performance include Bachelors, Masters, Artist Diploma, and DMA. Other degrees in Music Education, Composition, and Musicology are listed on the School of Music Website.
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