The VCU trombone studio offers in-depth study in trombone and performing ensembles that give our students the opportunity to develop all aspects of trombone playing.
Students in the trombone studio perform as part of the VCU Trombone Choir, Trombone Quartets, Brass Quintets, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, VCU Symphony, University Band, jazz orchestras and small jazz ensembles. In addition to performance opportunities on campus, many of our students are involved as professional musicians in performances at community events, festivals and receptions, and in churches and jazz clubs. The vibrant and active musical culture of Richmond provides a wide variety of experiences for trombone performers.
Trombone students receive weekly private lessons with one or more of three trombone specialists — Ross Walter and Robert Ellithorpe, classical trombone, and Antonio J. Garcia, jazz trombone. Students also are involved in a weekly master class that gives them opportunities to perform and learn to critique performances of their peers. Each semester, students perform on studio recitals and brass chamber music recitals.
In February 2008, the top VCU Trombone Quartet and VCU Trumpet Ensemble were invited to be the featured college group on the Trinity College Brass Experience in London, England. In London, they had opportunity to perform in a concert with the Lucerne Brass from Switzerland in the Painted Cathedral at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Under the direction of professors Ross Walter and Rex Richardson they also performed as a featured showcase at the Phillip Jones Brass Competition, the Brass Routes Concert and the Brass Massive Concert in the Blackheath Halls. The week of performances and collaboration with their peers at Trinity College of Music was an extraordinary opportunity for musical development and cultural exchange.
The VCU trombone studio has been fortunate to host many outstanding trombone artists in recent years. These guest artists provide clinics and performances that help students to see the art of trombone playing from many different perspectives. The concerts and master classes are also free and open to the public.