November 19th, 2020
The UO Trombone Studio was proud to host Brian Hecht, bass trombonist of the Atlanta Symphony as he presented a master class today at the University of Oregon. Even though Brian was visiting remotely (Zoom) the class still felt authentic as if he was in person. At the start of class Brian performed a beautiful unaccompanied solo and the studio was able to hear what Brian is so famous for – his incredible sound. Two UO bass trombone students, James Kuzmic and Trevor Davison performed for Brian and were able to work with him on topics of sound, style, articulations, connections, musicality, etc. Everyone that was in-person for the class was spaced safely 6ft apart with face masks on.
March 1st, 2020 – The UO trombone studio put on it’s annual winter term, “Solo Night” concert. The concert was held on stage in Beall Hall at 7pm, Sunday evening. All the students from the studio performed standard trombone solo works. Of course, this event could not of been created without the help of our talented accompanists, Grant Mack and Eduardo Moreira.
January 21st, 2020 John Church, acting principal trombone of the Spokane Symphony presented a recital and master class for the UO Trombone Studio. This was extra special due to the fact that John Church is a recent alumni from the UO. John’s master class covered a variety of topics and contained great insight on his thoughts on practice methods, routines, and music. After his performance John heard three current members of the studio and worked with them on excerpts and solo’s for the trombone.
October 27th, 2019 Ko-Ichiro Yamamoto, principal trombone of the Seattle Symphony performed a recital and master class at UO and OSU. This was made possible through a collaboration between OSU’s trombone Professor, Carson Keeble and UO’s trombone Professor, Henry Henniger. Ko-Ichiro is highly regarded as the foremost Japanese trombonist of his generation and is the newest member of the renowned Center City Brass Quintet. The performance was inspirational and Ko-ichiro’s accompanist, Chiao-Wen Cheng was equally as impressive. The following day, October 28th was the master class, hosted at OSU. Many great topics and ideas were discussed and all of the students performed well for Ko-Ichiro
Tim Higgins, principal trombone of the San Francisco Symphony was our guest artist in residence April 6th-7th. His visit was packed with individual lessons with studio members, a recital, and master class. Higgins performance during his recital was extraordinary. Many of the students that attended felt it was some of the most musical moments they have heard live. Professor Henniger stated the performance was, “sublime” and “incredibly gorgeous.” Many others commented on Tim Higgins beautiful tone quality and clarity and ease of articulation. For the audience this was a unforgettable recital. It made a significant impact and left many feeling inspired.
The master class was equally impressive as Higgins worked with two students, Otmar Borchard and Josh Thomas-Ulrik on orchestral excerpts. One of the best comments from Higgins while working with the students was “are you speaking in music or in english?” The class ended with a low brass section performance of Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.
The UO Trombone Choir (aka Track Town Trombones) performed the National Anthem for the Portland Trail Blazers this past Saturday at the Moda Center. The Blazers took on the Atlanta Hawks and defeated them in a close game. This is the second time the UO Trombone choir has performed for the Blazers and it should be noted that the Blazers have won their game everytime the UO Trombones have performed for them! After the performance studio members were then given tickets to watch the game. Two members of the studio were lucky enough to meet and snag a photo with a few of the players. Video of the event has been posted on Facebook by a few friends of the studio. The official video will be posted on Youtube soon.
On January 13, 2019 the UO trombone choir performed as part of the Oregon Symphony’s Prelude Series. The performance took place in the lobby of the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, home of the Oregon Symphony. The choir performed beautifully to a large audience standing in front of them but also below and above them! After the prelude concert the choir stayed to hear the Oregon Symphony’s, Rossini and Rimsky-Korsakov concert. Special shout out to Robert Taylor (2nd trombone of the Oregon Symphony) on a superbly performed solo in Russian Easter Overture. Pieces performed by the UO trombone choir were: Fanfare for 8 Trombones by Michael Terry, Lake Effects by Andrew Skaggs, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, and The River Bells by Steven Verhelst.
On November 27th, Charley Reneau, Bass Trombonist of the Oregon Symphony visited the UO Trombone studio and gave an inspiring recital. After the recital Charley presented a master class covering topics from the book, The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey. A few members of the studio performed for Charley and gained valuable insight from his teaching. Thanks Charley!
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.