WELCOME TO THE
WMU TROMBONE STUDIO
A trombone assistant will be available for an entering trombone student at the master's level for the 2016-2017 school year. If you're interested in auditioning for the assistantship please contact Steve Wolfinbarger. For more information on the audition process, check out the Audition Information link.
Visit the School of Music YouTube page for
other videos about the program, including
a video by trombonist Kirsten Schaffert.
Meet the Studio
(Meet the newest members
of the WMU Trombone Studio)
(Audio clip of Funky Bone from
Spring, 2015 WMU Trombone Choir Concert)
(Important recognition for
Rob Medd, Evan Clifton, and
various other students)
ABOUT THE STUDIO
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.
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.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
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.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
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.
Please feel free to look around. And if you have any questions, we'd love to hear from you!