As the first day of Fall classes approaches, I wanted to give everyone an update on what some of our Vanderbilt Trombone Studio members have been doing this Summer!
Le Domaine Forget
Three of our students took part in the academy of the Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, which takes place in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. Liam Glendening, Isaac Johnson, and Hiram Rodriguez spent two weeks studying with Ian Bousfield & Scott Hartman near the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Isaac says,
"Domaine Forget was an experience I won't soon forget. My favorite experience was probably playing excerpts with Ian Bousfield and seeing the huge changes that could come from really small tweaks. The scenery was also stunning."
Brevard Music Center
Senior Matt Herrmann spent most of his Summer at the Brevard Music Center in the mountains of North Carolina, where he studied with David Jackson and performed tons of great orchestra repertoire, including the piece that Matt says effectively got him into classical music, Strauss' epic tone poem, Eine Alpensinfonie. He also got to learn from great artists such as Bela Fleck and the incomparable Charlie Vernon. Matt was one of 12 finalists for the center's Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition, and he beautifully performed the first movement of the Grøndahl Concerto for Trombone for a large audience as part of the finals competition. Congrats, Matt!
Eastern Music Festival
Our two incoming first-year students, Hiram Rodriguez and Matt Tuggle, spent several weeks at the Eastern Music Festival. They performed in orchestra concerts, took private lessons with EMF faculty Gregory Cox and Michael Kris, and played in chamber ensembles. It was a good year for our Matts in terms of concerto competitions, because Matt Tuggle made the finals of EMF's concerto competition, performing Ewazen's Concerto for Bass Trombone. There are tons more photos out there if you Facebook-stalk these guys. Congrats to our class of 2020!
Senior Chase Coffey traveled to Colombia for 2 weeks as part of the Blair Jazz Quartet, led by Dr. Ryan Middagh. The quartet was there in partnership with Colombo Americano to teach at jazz camps and perform for audiences in Medellín, Manizales, and Pereira. Visit the Jazz at Blair Facebook page for tons of video clips and photos. What an amazing experience!
Voice of Promise
Senior Josiah Williams spent the summer performing with Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. As part of Phantom Regiment's national tour, Josiah traveled all over the country performing in all types of venues, from parades and other community events all the way to the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis. I was able to hear Phantom's show, entitled "Voice of Promise" at the DCI Southeastern Regional in Atlanta, and there was some fantastic playing going on! Congrats to Josiah and to the Phantom Regiment for a great season of music and artistry!!
Sophomore Liam Glendening participated in the star-studded Pokorny Low Brass Seminar, which is hosted by Liam's father, Dr. Andrew Glendening, at University of Redlands in California. Liam got to work with seminar faculty members, including Gene Pokorny, Randy Hawes, Tim Higgins, and Mick Mulcahy, just to name a few! Liam was a top finisher in the mock orchestral audition at the seminar and, as he does every Summer, he got to soak up tons of great recitals, master classes, coachings, and lessons. Anyone not familiar with this event should remedy that ASAP!