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Student Success
Updated 2/13/15
(Evan Clifton named as finalist
in major competition)

Alumni Spotlight
Added 1/4/15
(See Eric Bowman and Jeremy Marks)

Upcoming Events
Updated 12/17/14
(Added: Guest artist Ivan Bošnjak)


Major Award for Dr. Wolfinbarger

Steve Wolfinbarger has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE in Washington, D.C. as the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year (see article).


The trombone studio is comprised of a select group trombonists who major in a variety of music-related fields, such as trombone performance, music education, composition, and music therapy. Students in the trombone studio are provided with numerous opportunities for growth. Internationally-known guest artists frequent the studio, presenting recitals, clinics or master classes each year.  Many trombone students successfully compete at major competitions.  Since 2001 students have been selected as finalists in the various International Trombone Association competitions on 18 occasions in the past 11 years, and they have been selected as winners in their respective competitions six of the past eight years.

WMU Trombone Choir

The WMU Trombone Choir is an outstanding ensemble which has been honored by Downbeat Magazine as the outstanding collegiate chamber ensemble.  They were also selected to be a featured ensemble at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop. Trombone students also usually take a yearly field trip to hear a performance by either the Chicago Symphony Orchestra or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 


Recital Hall

The School of Music is recognized for its excellence in instruction and performance. With nearly 500 majors, admission is selective and compeitive. Students perform with a variety of outstanding ensembles. They include the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Orchestra, all of which have toured both nationally and internationally throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Austrailia, and Asia. These performing ensembles have favorably extended Western's distinguished reputation of excellence in the arts. Many students participate in chamber ensembles, and chamber music is an important part of the School of Music curriculum.

Dalton Center is an outstanding music facilty, with excellent performance, practice, library, and computer facilities.  It includes two recital halls, a multi-track digital recording studio, an electronic music laboratory, a 10,000 square foot music library, a state-of-the-art multi-media room, a music therapy clinic, a computer laboratory featuring a special MIDI station and Macintosh PowerPC computers (each equipped with a Yamaha synthesizer and a Roland sound module), and one of the world’s largest installations of pre-fabricated, sound-isolated practice rooms and teaching studios. 



Located in Kalamazoo just 2½ hours from both Chicago and Detroit, Western Michigan University is in the center of the Midwestern musical scene, making it an inspirational and ideal place to study music.  With 26,000 students, Western is listed among the top 100 public universities in the country.  If you intend to study at an outstanding university with a superb music program, I hope you will consider Western Michigan University. 

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Steve Wolfinbarger
Trombone Program
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA

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