Trombone

Male trombone student performs with the concert orchestra in Corbett Auditorium

The trombone studio at CCM offers a full range of musical experiences for the undergraduate and graduate trombone student. Ensemble opportunities include three orchestras, wind ensemble, symphonic band, chamber winds, two jazz bands, jazz combos, contemporary music ensemble, brass choir, orchestral repertoire class, brass quintets, trombone quartets and trombone choir.

At CCM, each trombone student receives personal attention and a customized curriculum designed to meet his or her personal performance goals. A priority is placed on reaching one's full potential regardless of the focus of the lessons.

An important part of the CCM trombone experience is studio class, in which ideas are shared, students play for one another and guest artists visit. Furthermore, mock auditions, group warm-ups and trombone choir provide a sense of community among trombone students and encourage all students to progress at the fastest possible rate.

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Timothy Anderson

Associate Professor of Trombone

513-556-9554

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Peter K. Norton

Adjunct Instructor in Trombone

513-556-3442

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Joseph Weston Rodriguez

CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Pre-screening and Audition Requirements

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Tenor Trombone Pre-screening Requirements

  • Major Scales-Two octaves with arpeggio
    • A-Flat, C (including upper octave), G-flat
  • Minor Scales-One octave with arpeggio
    • D-flat, G
  • A standard solo form the tenor trombone repertoire of substantive musical and technical value. Record three minutes of music. Do not include rests.
  • A standard technical study from Kopprasch, Blazevich, Arban, or equivalent. Record 90 seconds of music.
  • A lyrical study from Bordogni (Rochut or Mulcahy) or equivalent.  Record 90 seconds of music.
  • Record standard passages from the following orchestral works:
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March (first or second trombone)
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (second trombone solo)
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, major only (first or second trombone)
    • Ravel: Bolero (first trombone solo) optional

Bass Trombone Pre-Screening Requirements

  • Major Scales-Two octaves with arpeggio
    • C, G-flat, B-flat (include upper octave)
  • Minor Scales-One octave with arpeggio
    • D-flat, B
  • A standard solo from the bass trombone repertoire of substantive musical and technical value. Record three minutes of music. Do not include rests.
  • A technical study form Arban, Tyrell, Kopprasch, or equivalent.  Record 90 seconds of music.
  • A lyrical study from Bordogni (Rochut or Mulcahy) as printed and 8vb.  Record one minute of each.
  • Record standard passages from the following orchestral works:
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (major)
    • Haydn: Creation No. 26
    • Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

Audition

Tenor Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios
  • A standard solo from the tenor trombone repertoire of substantive musical and technical value
  • A technical study from Kopprasch, Blazevich, Arban or equivalent
  • A lyrical study from Rochut or equivalent 
  • The following orchestral excerpts: 
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March (First or second trombone) 
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (Second trombone solo) 
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, major only (First or second trombone)
    • Ravel: Bolero (First trombone solo) optional

Bass Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios
  • A standard solo from the bass trombone repertoire of substantive musical and technical value
  • A technical study from Arban, Tyrell, Kopprasch or equivalent
  • A lyrical study from Rochut as printed and down an octave
  • The following orchestral excerpts: 
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (major) 
    • Haydn: Creation No. 26
    • Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Tenor Trombone Pre-screening Requirements

  • Major Scales: D-Two Octaves including the top octave with arpeggio 
  • B-flat Three octaves with arpeggio 
  • One additional scale of choice with arpeggio. 
  • Minor Scales: Record three scales in different keys and each with a different form of minor. (three scales total) 
  • Choose three solos from the standard repertoire and record two minutes each of three contrasting movements. 
  • Record the standard excerpts from the following orchestral works. 
    • Rossini-William Tell (storm) 
    • Strauss-Ein Heldenleben (battle) 
    • Ravel-Bolero (1st trombone solo) 

Bass Trombone Pre-Screening Requirements

  • Major Scales: B-flat Three octaves with arpeggio. 
  • D Two octaves with arpeggio. 
  • G-flat Two octaves with arpeggio 
  • Minor Scales: Record three scales in different keys and each with a different form of minor. (three scales total) 
  • Record the standard excerpts from the following orchestral works. 
  • Rossini: William Tell 
  • Haydn: Creation No. 26 
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben 

Audition

Tenor Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios 
  • Three contrasting solos from the standard repertoire demonstrating advanced technique and musicality 
  • The following orchestral excerpts: 
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March (First or second trombone) 
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (Second trombone solo)
    • Ravel: Bolero (First trombone solo) 
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, major only (First or second trombone) 
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (First trombone) 
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Second trombone) 
    • Rossini: William Tell overture (storm)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (First trombone solos)

Bass Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios 
  • Lebedev Concerto and Spillman Concerto (a solo of equal musical and technical advancement may be made for one of the required solos)
  • The following orchestral excerpts:
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries 
    • Das Rheingold, scene 2 (Valhalla motive) 
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
    • Rossini: William Tell Overture
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
    • Haydn: Creation No. 26
    • Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

Pre-screening

Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via getacceptd.com/ccm on or before December 1 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements

  • Provide an updated CV. 
  • Provide a recording of your most recent recital. If a recent recital is not available, choose three solos from the standard repertoire and record entirely. Works can be recorded separately but each work should be continuous. If no piano available, do not observe the rests. 
  • Record the standard excerpts from the following orchestral works:
    • Tenor Trombone:
      • Rossini-William Tell (storm) 
      • Strauss-Ein Heldenleben (battle) 
      • Ravel-Bolero (1st trombone solo) 
    • Bass Trombone:
      • Rossini: William Tell
      • Haydn: Creation No. 26 
      • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben 

Audition

Tenor Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios 
  • Three contrasting solos from the standard repertoire demonstrating advanced technique and musicality 
  • The following orchestral excerpts: 
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March (First or second trombone) 
    • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (Second trombone solo)
    • Ravel: Bolero (First trombone solo) 
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, major only (First or second trombone) 
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (First trombone) 
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Second trombone) 
    • Rossini: William Tell overture (storm)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (First trombone solos)

Bass Trombone Audition Requirements

  • All major scales two octaves with arpeggios
  • Any form of minor scales one octave with arpeggios 
  • Lebedev Concerto and Spillman Concerto (a solo of equal musical and technical advancement may be made for one of the required solos)
  • The following orchestral excerpts:
    • Berlioz: Hungarian March
    • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries 
    • Das Rheingold, scene 2 (Valhalla motive) 
    • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
    • Rossini: William Tell Overture
    • Kodaly: Hary Janos Suite
    • Haydn: Creation No. 26
    • Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 5

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