WELCOME TO THE
WMU TROMBONE STUDIO WEBSITE
Visit the School of Music YouTube page for
other videos about the program, including
a video by trombonist Kirsten Schaffert.
Anibal Hernandez and
Meet the Studio
(Six new majors joining
the WMU trombone studio)
RECENT STUDIO NEWS
Congrats to Former Students
- Congratulations to 2006 WMU trombone graduate Chris Van Hof on being appointed Instructor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
- After winning the Division II level trombone competition at the Women's International Brass Conference, Hana Beloglavec (BM, 2011) was selected as the overall winner in the Grand Prize Final Round. As a result, she was awarded the $1,200 1st place Grand Prize award (6/7/12).
- A huge congratulations to three recent WMU trombone graduates for the great showing in the Division II (age 28 and under) trombone competition at the International Women's Brass Conference. Craig Freeman (MM, '10) received honorable mention recognition, Chris Van Hof (BM, '06), placed third, and Hana Beloglavec (BM, '11) was selected as the winner. Both Chris and Hana won a cash prize.
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, 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. In fact, on 11 different occasions over the past five years WMU trombone students have been chosen as award winners, finalists or honorable mention selections in student competitions sponsored by prestigious organizations such as the International Trombone Association, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Music Club of Detroit, the International Festival at Round Top, or with the National Orchestral Institute.
The WMU Trombone Choir is an outstanding ensemble which was recently honored by Downbeat Magazine with a Downbeat Award 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. Various School of Music ensembles, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and the Jazz Orchestra tour both nationally and internationally. Recent trips by these ensembles to places like Australia, China, Brazil, and New York City have furthered their exposure. Many students participate in chamber ensembles, and chamber music is an important part of the School of Music.
Dalton Center is an outstanding music building, 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, and state-of-the-art multi-media room, and 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 2 ½ 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!