UO alumni, John Church (2015) and Talon Smith (2017) both landed orchestra jobs this summer. Talon Smith recently auditioned for the Boise Philharmonic and was selected as runner up. Subsequently he was asked to sub for the philharmonic as 2nd trombone for their upcoming 2018-19 season. While working in Idaho this year Talon plans on teaching his studio here in Eugene and performing with the Eugene Symphony when possible.
John Church, principal trombone of the Portland Opera recently won the principal trombone of the Spokane Symphony. This is a one year substitute position with the full time audition happening later this year. John will be living in Spokane this season and has taken a years leave of absence from the Portland Opera.