Graduate Assistantship Available at Valdosta State University


Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia is pleased to announce a Graduate Assistantship for a Masters of Music applicant for Fall 2023. Tenor or Bass Trombone applicants are accepted and will have the opportunity to work with Doug Farwell and Isrea Butler. The assistantship includes a full tuition waiver plus stipends up to $8,000. Performance opportunities are available with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, as well as additional performance opportunities at VSU and in the region. Contact Dr. Doug Farwell for more information at 229-333-5804 or dfarwell@valdosta.edu.

Andrew Malloy’s “Best of Friends” album release in digital format


Andy Malloy has re-released his first solo album, Best of Friends, in an all-digital format. The album was originally released in 2005 as a CD.The new version has been produced by Parma Recordings on their Navona label. The album includes works by Jack Hayes, John Stevens, Jim Self, Stanley Friedman, N. Lincoln Hanks, and Robert Marsteller.

His second album, Paper Clips, is also available in digital format from Parma. These albums are also available from Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

ITA Vacancies: (Online) News Coordinator(s)


The International Trombone Association is looking for a Trombone News Coordinator for the ITA Journal and an Online News Coordinator for the ITA website (trombone.net). Ideally, both positions would be combined. To apply, please send a short application letter and CV to vacancies@trombone.net before December 15, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact ITA Executive Director Magnus Nilsson: magnus@trombone.net.

ITA Journal Trombone News Coordinator

Requirements

  • Editing skills; a strong grasp of grammar and language use. Knowledge of MLA and Chicago Style manuals, as well as music writing style conventions.
  • Deadline driven, strong time management, organization, and prioritization abilities.
  • A relevant international network in the trombone world.

Work

  • Acquisition, selection, editing and writing of news items for the ITA General News section of the ITA Journal.
  • Assisting and advising the ITA Journal managing editor on developing the ITA GeneralNews section and beyond.
  • This is a volunteer position with limited benefits, such as a free ITA membership and an excellent opportunity to expand your trombone network.

Starting date: February 1, 2023

In pursuit of diversity, we strongly invite individuals representing underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please send a short application letter and CV to vacancies@trombone.net before December 15, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact ITA Executive Director Magnus Nilsson: magnus@trombone.net.


Online News Coordinator

Requirements

  • Editing skills; a strong grasp of grammar and language use.
  • Deadline driven, strong time management, organization, and prioritization abilities.
  • A relevant international network in the trombone world.
  • Experience with WordPress and simple photo editing are a plus.

Work

  • Independently managing and developing the Online News section of the website (trombone.net).
  • Acquisition, editing and writing of news items for the Online News section of the website.
  • This is a volunteer position with limited benefits, such as a free ITA membership and an excellent opportunity to expand your trombone network.

Starting date: February 1, 2023

In pursuit of diversity, we strongly encourage individuals representing underrepresented groups to apply.

ITA relies very much on the support, knowledge and experience of its members to further the aims of the Association. As well as volunteer positions on committees and advisory councils, ITA also offers specific jobs on a periodic basis. If you are interested in serving our organization, please contact us at vacancies@trombone.net.

 

ITA Journal Trombone News Coordinator

Requirements

  • Editing skills; a strong grasp of grammar and language use. Knowledge of MLA and Chicago Style manuals, as well as music writing style conventions.
  • Deadline driven, strong time management, organization, and prioritization abilities.
  • A relevant international network in the trombone world.

Work

  • Acquisition, selection, editing and writing of news items for the ITA General News section of the ITA Journal.
  • Assisting and advising the ITA Journal managing editor on developing the ITA GeneralNews section and beyond.
  • This is a volunteer position with limited benefits, such as a free ITA membership and an excellent opportunity to expand your trombone network.

Starting date: February 1, 2023

In pursuit of diversity, we strongly invite individuals representing underrepresented groups to apply.

To apply, please send a short application letter and CV to vacancies@trombone.net before December 15, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact ITA Executive Director Magnus Nilsson: magnus@trombone.net.

Speaking Soundly Podcast Releases Episode Featuring Joseph Alessi


David Krauss, Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, hosts Speaking Soundly, a new podcast that interviews today’s top performers. According to the website, the podcast “brings the lives and stories of high-profile, international, diverse, and vibrant performing artists to listeners.”

On Tuesday, October 25, an episode featuring Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, was released. Click here to listen to his episode.

Additionally, Denson Paul Pollard, Professor of Music at Indiana University and member of the MET Opera Orchestra, was a recent guest. Click here to listen to his episode.

Speaking Soundly Podcast is produced by Artful Narratives Media and can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you choose to get your podcasts. For further information, contact Co-Founder Jessica Handelman.

Big 12 Trombone Conference – Solo Competitions


The Twentieth Annual Big 12 Trombone Conference will take place from January 13 – 15, 2023. This year’s featured guest artist is Peter Steiner.

Entries for the Big 12 Solo Competitions will be accepted through Tuesday, November 7th. Entries may be submitted via email or postal mail.

For repertoire, rules, and prize information, please visit the website and select “Competition Information.” The website also contains information regarding conference activities, faculty and guest artists, lodging and local travel, and registration.

Please email Professor James T. Decker with further questions.

7 Deadly Sins Trombone Consortium


Caleb Owenby is leading a commission for solo tenor trombone and piano entitled “7 Deadly Sins.” The new work, composed by Ben Dondanville, will take one motif in C minor, and adapt it into seven different short movements representing the seven deadly sins (Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Envy, Wrath, and Pride). The work will be approximately 10-11 minutes in length, and geared towards university-level music students.

At the time of this post, 7 open spots are left. The fee to join is $50 and the deadline is October 31, 2022; the anticipated completion date is January 1, 2023.

Mr. Dondanville has composed works for Jeremy Wilson, Nick Laufer, and Ben McIlwain. In 2020, he was awarded a Composer Fellowship with 91 Classical Radio to study with Cristina Spenei.

Please visit the consortium website for further information. If you have further questions, please contact Ben Dondanville.

Kris Garfitt Wins ARD International Music Competition


Kris Garfitt of Great Britain, Solo Trombonist of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, won first prize and the audience prize at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition. Founded in 1952, the competition invites young musicians from around the globe to compete in multiple rounds; works performed range from world premieres to standard compositions for trombone and piano, culminating in a final round with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Jonathon Ramsay of Australia won 2nd prize, while Roberto de la Guía Martínez of Spain won 3rd prize. At the time of this posting, all rounds are available to stream here.

Instrument categories rotate each year, with the 2022 competition also featuring flute, string quartet, and piano. The trombone competition last occurred in 2015, with Michael Buchanan of Great Britain winning first prize.

Garfitt graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2015. From 2016 to 2020, he was a member of the German Radio Philharmonic. In addition to his orchestral career, Garfitt has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous professional ensembles and maintains an active career as a chamber musician.

 

In Memoriam: Betty Glover


Betty Glover, one of the first female orchestral trombonists in the United States, passed away on September 27, 2022 at the age of 99.

Glover studied trombone with Ernest Glover at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) from 1941-1944. Shortly after graduation, she won the audition for principal trombone with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1952, Glover was appointed bass trombone with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position she held until 1985.

Glover began her teaching career at Otterbein College in 1950, before moving to CCM in 1952. In addition to teaching trombone, euphonium, and orchestral repertoire, she became director of the CCM Brass Choir in 1969, which performed traditional works alongside world premieres. In 1983, the CCM Brass Choir performed on the first transatlantic broadcast from the United States to Europe.

Glover received many prestigious awards, including the 2022 ITA Lifetime Achievement Award. The October 2022 ITA Journal contains a beautiful feature on Glover’s career and impact by Jared Gilbert.

ITA extends its condolences to Glover’s family and loved ones.

Matthew Guilford To Appear As Featured Soloist With UMD Wind Orchestra


Matthew Guilford, bass trombonist with the National Symphony and senior lecturer at University of Maryland, College Park, will be a featured soloist with the UMD Wind Orchestra. On December 9, 2022, Guilford will perform James Stephenson’s Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch” on a program that also includes music by Lance Hulme, William Grant Still, and Carlos Simon.

Stephenson composed Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch” in 2010 for Gerry Pagano, former bass trombonist of the St. Louis Symphony. There are many similarities between the sonata and the St. Louis Arch — for example, the outer width of the arch is 630 feet, while the the piece is 630 measures. The version for wind ensemble was commissioned by Grady McGrannahan as a retirement gift for his father, Mack McGrannahan, former Director of Bands and Low Brass Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Guilford has served as bass trombonist of the National Symphony since 1991 and has taught at UMD since 1993. He has performed with several of America’s leading orchestras including the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.

The concert will be open to public and will also be available to livestream. Tickets for both options are “pay what you wish.”