2022 Neill Humfeld Award: Jonas Bylund

Jonas Bylund

JONAS BYLUND is the winner of the 2022 Neill Humfeld Award for Excellence in Trombone Teaching which recognizes the trombone teaching contributions of Neill Humfeld (1928-1991), long-time trombone professor at East Texas State University, and past president of the ITA (1980-1982). The Award honors living teachers who have demonstrated an exceptional level of excellence in their work.

Jonas Bylund was born in Gävle Sweden in 1963. He started to play the trombone at the age of eight and joined the music school band of Gävle a year later. After completing his studies at the Stockholm State Academy of Music in 1987, Jonas Bylund became principal trombonist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988 he won 1st prize at the international soloist competition CIEM in Geneve and a year later he won the ARD-Wettbewerb in München. In 1989 he was offered the position of principal trombone with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 1990 he returned to Stockholm to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, again as principal trombonist, a post he held until 1995. In the 92–93 season he concurrently held the same position with the Bamberger Symphoniker.

Jonas has appeared as a soloist with a number of Europe’s leading orchestras, including the Philarmonia Orchestra (London), Royal Stockholm Philarmonic, Oslo Philarmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Suisse Romande, and the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Jonas is one of the founding members of the world-famous brass quintet Stockholm Chamber Brass. Since 1995

Jonas has held the position of professor of trombone at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover. He is also professor for trombone at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. His students have been prize winners at international competitions such as the ARD Wettbewerb, Aeolus International Competition in Düsseldorf, Prague Spring Competition, Citta di Porcia, Christian Lindberg International Trombone Competition (Valencia), the Gdansk International Brass Competition and at a number of ITA competitions, including three times the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition, in 2006 and in 2012 with the Hannover Trombone class, and in 2020 with the Trombone Class of the Norwegian Academy of Music. Many of his students have gained positions in leading symphony orchestras including, among others, the Bamberger Symphoniker, DSO Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Hamburg, SWR Sinfonieorchester, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Beside his pedagogic and concert career Jonas Bylund has also been active as an actor in theatre, opera, and film. He played the role of the magician in Jonas Forsell’s opera The Princess and the Moon at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and he appeared as Joe Bailadorno in Frederik Högberg’s brass western The Ballade of Kit Bones.

Read more: https://www.trombone.net/awards-2022/

2022 ITA Award: Carol Jarvis

carol Jarvis

Congratulations CAROL JARVIS on winning the 2022 ITA Award!!

The ITA Award recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic output in areas such as performance, composition, arranging, teaching, conducting, research and/or service.

Carol Jarvis is one of the most in-demand session musicians in the UK. A multi-award–winning trombonist, keyboard player, arranger, orchestrator and voiceover artist, Carol has toured and recorded extensively with stars such as Sting, Queen, Seal, Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse, Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding and appeared on many renowned television programs with stars such as MUSE, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bubl., Taylor Swift and so many more. Carol can also be found working with internationally renowned ensembles and some of the world’s top orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and all of the BBC Orchestras. She is often found working in various studios across London, and as such Carol has played on numerous chart-topping singles, albums, TV and movie soundtracks. She has also been a regular trombone player in London’s West End shows for many years.

Carol is a professor of trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she, herself, gained the highest qualifications possible. Carol is currently president of the board of the International Trombone Festival, a post she has held since 2017, and in 2023 will become the first female president of the International Trombone Association. Carol’s orchestrations and arrangements have featured on albums at the top of the UK and US billboard charts, been recorded at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood and also played during the Academy Awards ceremony. Carol is a solo endorsed artist with Michael Rath Trombones. For more

information: caroljarvis.com.

Read more: https://www.trombone.net/awards-2022/

Kevin Day Commission Lift Every Voice

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the ITA, with support from the Commissions Committee and Advisory Council on Diversity, launched a consortium for a new composition written by composer, Kevin Day. 

The new work will be premiered by the Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir at this summer’s International Trombone Festival in Conway, Arkansas. The Lift Every Voice Trombone Choir is a feature ensemble of outstanding African-American trombonists, covering a wide range of ages and stylistic disciplines. This ensemble celebrates the contributions of African-Americans to the trombone and showcases the world class talent within this community of trombonists, with the purpose of inspiring the next generation. 

Kevin Day is an internationally acclaimed composer of over 200 works whose music “intersects between the worlds of jazz, minimalism, Latin music, fusion, and contemporary classical idioms.” His works have been programmed by major orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony and Detroit Symphony. We are pleased to offer this new composition to the trombone community, with the help of 19 co-commissioners from universities and performing organizations around the world.

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ITA Membership Assistance Program

To run alongside the recently announced Membership Gift Certificate, ITA would like to take this opportunity to add the new developed Membership Assistance Program (MAP).

The ITA Executive Board would like to thank Per Brevig, much respected former Metropolitan Opera Principal and holder of three ITA Awards for his suggestion and hope that this addition will enable members and supporters to assist less advantaged trombonists all over the globe to benefit from being part of this organization.

The MAP allows you to sponsor a fellow trombone player with an ITA membership. Your generosity will allow deserving trombone players with limited means to enjoy the benefits of an ITA membership.

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