Studio News

OSU students have done a tremendous job making headlines the past few years. Check back often for details about their accomplishments.

April 30, 2013

Naftzger Young Artist Competition Finalists

Congratulations to Caleb Ketcham and Bryan Lucas for making the finals of the 2013 Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Caleb was one of three finalists in the instrumental competition. Bryan was one of two finalists in the special prize category that was open to all instrumentalists, pianists and vocalists. Bryan and Caleb were the only brass players to advance to the finals of this competition.

April 30, 2013

Lucas Selected for Bar Harbor Brass Week

Congratulations to junior trombonist Bryan Lucas for being accepted to the 13th Annual Bar Harbor Brass Week. Bar Harbor Brass week is a full scholarship program held in memory of trombonist Mark Woolman Horner. The trombone faculty members are Matthew Vaughn, Chris Branagan and Blair Bollinger. BHBW takes place from June 23-30. Bryan is the third OSU trombone studio member accepted to this program. Stephen Torbert attended in 2007 and Steven Jessup in 2009.

April 30, 2013

Studio Members Selected for Sewanee Festival

Congratulations to studio members Bruce Haiduk, Travis Ingram and Daniel Smith for being accepted to the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. The Festival takes place from June 22-July 21.

April 30, 2013

Success for Rosenberger

Congratulations to freshman trombonist Amelia Rosenberger for being accepted to both the Eastern Music Festival and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Amelia is also a finalist in the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Competition.

April 30, 2013

Clayton Advances in Miller Competition

Congratulations to freshman trombonist Connor Clayton for making the finals of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Competition. The finals will take place on June 13th in Clarinda, Iowa. Connor will have the opportunity to compete for prizes totaling $7,000.

April 30, 2013

Wilde and Ketcham Selected for EMF

Congratulations to Caleb Ketcham for being offered a tenor trombone position at the 2013 Eastern Music Festival. Congratulations also to Gustave Wilde for being offered a bass trombone position at the 2013 Eastern Music Festival.

April 30, 2013

Ketcham Accepted into Multiple Graduate Programs

Congratulations to Caleb Ketcham for being accepted into the MM performance programs at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Lynn Conservatory of Music and Indiana University School of Music.

April 30, 2013

MM Students Accepted into DMA Programs

Congratulations to Charles Drew Sutherland for being accepted into the DMA programs at the University of North Texas and the UMKC Conservatory. Congratulations also to Joyce Hsu for being accepted into the DMA programs at Texas Tech University and The University of Nebraska.

April 30, 2013

Special Recognition for Caleb Ketcham

Congratulations to Caleb Ketcham for being selected one of the OSU College of Arts & Sciences Top 10 Seniors. Caleb has also been selected by the OSU Music Faculty as the Boh Makovsky Outstanding Senior Music Major. Caleb will be recognized at the OSU President's Masterworks Concerts on March 2nd & 3rd. Caleb is a trombone performance major from Tyler, TX. He won both the 2011 & 2013 Edwards/Big 12 Area Trombone Conference Bass Trombone Solo Competitions, 2010 International Trombone Association George Roberts Solo Competition, and the 2012 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition at the Fort Worth Trombone Summit. He was also a finalist in the 2011 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Bass Trombone Solo Competition, the 2011 Southeast Trombone Symposium Solo Competition and he won third place in the 2012 Hyechka Club of Tulsa Instrumental Competition. He spent the summers of 2011 & 2012 at the Eastern Music Festival. Congratulations Caleb!

April 30, 2013

OSU Octet Performs at 2013 ETW

The OSU Trombone Octet performed at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop on Saturday March 23rd. The performance was very well received. Don Lucas, past president of the International Trombone Association and professor of Trombone at Boston University wrote the following:

"The performance of the OSU Trombone Octet in concert at the Eastern Trombone Workshop was something beyond special. In my opinion it was the finest quality student trombone ensemble/chamber music I have ever heard. I am still excited and inspired by this performance!"

Special appreciation goes to Dr. Brant Adams, OSU Music Department Head, for funding all of the octet's travel expenses for this performance.

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April 30, 2013

Ingram Wins Ladies Club of OKC Competition

Congratulations to Travis Ingram for winning the $600 First Prize in the Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City Brass & Woodwinds Competition. Travis will perform on the LMC Winners Recital on March 13.

April 30, 2013

Garcia ITA Roberts Finalist

Congratulations to freshman bass trombonist Jose Garcia for advancing to the finals of the International Trombone Association George Roberts Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Jose will compete against two other finalists at the International Trombone Festival in June.

April 30, 2013

Ketcham Third Consecutive Winner in Edwards Competition

Congratulations to Caleb Ketcham for winning the Big 12/Edwards Bass Trombone Solo Competition! This was the third consecutive OSU win in this competition. Caleb was awarded a $1,000 toward the purchase of an Edwards product. Noel Seals won this competition in 2012 and Caleb won this in 2011.

January 15, 2012

World Class Trombone Quartets to Visit OSU

Viento Sur and Trombones de Costa Rica will present masterclasses and concerts in the Seretean Center this winter. Viento Sur will visit first on January 18. They will present a masterclass at 5pm and a concert at 8pm. The group will be accompanied by tango singer Julieta Ghibaudo. Viento Sur's visit is made possible by the OSU Music Department and Courtois Trombones.

On February 4, Trombones de Costa Rica will be on campus to present a lecture/Q&A at 1pm, masterclass at 2pm and concert at 8pm. TCR's visit is made possible by the OSU Music Department, Edwards Trombones and a grant from the Fae Rawdon Norris Endowment for the Humanities.

January 10, 2012

Spring 2012 Guest Artists

We have several great guest brass artists for the spring 2012 semester. On January 18th we have the Viento Sur Trombone Quartet from Argentina giving a masterclass and recital. On February 4 we have Trombones de Costa Rica giving a lecture, masterclass and recital. Doc Severinson and his Big Band will be here for a concert on March 9. On April 10 the Boston Brass will be here for a concert. The OSU Jazz Festival will take place on April 14 and jazz trumpet artist Randy Brecker is the featured guest.

January 5, 2012

Seals Advances in Big 12/Edwards Bass Trombone Competition

Congratulations to Noel Seals for advancing to the finals of the 2012 Big 12/Edwards Bass Trombone Competition. The Finals will take place on Sunday January 15 at Texas Tech University.

January 5, 2012

Shaw Makes OSU Trombonists Seven for Eight

Congratulations to Will Shaw for winning the 2011-2012 OSU Concerto Competition! Will is the seventh trombonist to win in eight years. He will perform with the OSU Symphony Orchestra on April 3rd.

January 5, 2012

Howard and Seals Advance in ETW Solo Competitions

Congratulations to Trenton Howard and Noel Seals for being selected for the finals of the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Competitions. Trenton is a finalist in Tenor Trombone Division I and Noel is a finalist in Bass Trombone Division III. They will compete at the ETW in March.

January 5, 2012

Tapp Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Ryan Tapp for being selected as the first recipient of the OSU Music Department Greenwood endowed music scholarship. Ryan is a music education major and euphonium player from Prague, OK. The scholarship is the result of a generous gift from Michael and Anne Greenwood.

July 1, 2011

Washam Winner in First Annual Quartz Mountain Concerto Competition

Congratulations to Isaac Washam for winning the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Concerto Competition. Isaac will be performing the Wagenseil Alto Trombone Concerto with the QMMF Orchestra on Saturday July 30 at 7:00 pm.

June 17, 2011

Warren to Perform in Italy

Congratulations to Steven Warren for being selected to participate in the 2011 CCM Spoleto Program at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. He will be participating in chamber, orchestral and opera performances from July 10 - August 14.

June 17, 2011

Studio Members Participate in NBS

Studio members Joyce Hsu, Steven Warren and Caleb Ketcham attended the first National Brass Symposium from June 10-12 at Kennesaw State University. They were able to hear concerts and masterclasses by many of the greatest brass players of our time. The trombone faculty was Joseph Alessi, James Markey, Nitzan Haroz, Toby Oft, Michael Mulchahy and Colin Williams.

June 17, 2011

Studio Members Participate in Southeast Trombone Symposium

Congratulations to Steven Warren for winning the Southeast Trombone Symposium Orchestral Excerpts Competition. Steven was awarded a S.E. Shires custom bass trombone as his prize. Steven was also awarded third place in the S.E. Shires Solo Competition. Caleb Ketcham was also a finalist in the solo competition and Joyce Hsu and Will Shaw also participated in the Symposium.

May 5, 2011

OSU Students Accepted to Prestigious Graduate Programs

Congratulations to our 2011 trombone studio graduates Isaac Washam, Steven Warren and Jason Cash. All three have been accepted into prestigious graduate music programs. Isaac will attend the University of North Texas, Jason will attend the University of Michigan and Steven will attend Northwestern University.

November 23, 2010

OSU Brass Day 2011

The third annual OSU Brass Day will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011, and will feature some truly remarkable guest artists. James Markey, New York Philharmonic bass trombonist; Adam Unsworth, University of Michigan horn profressor; and Vince DiMartino, international trumpet soloist, will all be on hand to teach and perform. There will also be performances by our OSU brass faculty, trombone ensembles, horn ensembles, low brass ensembles, trumpet ensembles, wind ensemble and guest participant ensembles.

OSU Brass Day 2011

November 21, 2010

OSU Trombone & Euphonium Studio Launches Facebook Page

We recently launched a Facebook fan page for our studio. Follow us to stay up to date on latest news and events.

November 20, 2010

OSU Trombonists Win International Trombone Competitions

The finals of the 2010 International Trombone Association Competitions took place from July 7-10 at the 49th annual International Trombone Festival, held at the University of Texas, in Austin, TX. The Oklahoma State University Seretean Trombone Quartet (Isaac Washam, Steven Jessup, Steven Warren and Noel Seals) won the ITA Trombone Quartet Competition and Caleb Ketcham won the ITA George Roberts Competition.

OSU Trombone Quartet

The OSU Trombone Quartet was selected best of 29 quartets from around the world, including groups from the Royal Academy of Music and Art in Aarhus, Denmark and the University of Michigan School of Music. The quartet was awarded $1,000 prize from the International Trombone Association.

Caleb Ketcham

The George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition is open to bass trombonists ages 18 and under. Caleb Ketcham, freshman from Tyler, TX, was selected winner from a field of 12 competitors. Caleb was awarded a Nirschl H-700 Dual Use Trombone as his prize.

The OSU Trombone Studio has won six International Trombone Association Competitions since 2006. Isaac Washam won the Gilberto Gagliardi Competition in 2006, the OSU Trombone Octet won the Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Competition in 2008, Steven Warren won the George Roberts Competition in 2008 and Jason Cash won the Larry Wiehe Competition in 2009.

November 20, 2010

Compton Guest Artist for Pioneer Trombone Day

Professor Paul Compton was recently guest artist for the 2010 Pioneer Trombone Day at Texas Women’s University in Denton, TX. He worked with students from TWU as well as high school students from Hebron High School and Lake Highlands High School and performed as soloist with a combined trombone ensemble.

November 20, 2010

Cash Wins Instrumental Prize in Naftzger Competition

Jason Cash

Jason Cash was awarded the instrumental prize in the prestigious Naftzger Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Jason rose to the top of a field of nearly 40 semifinalists, mostly strings, to earn a place in the finals and ultimately win the instrumental prize of $2,000.

November 20, 2010

Down Beat Winners

Downbeat Winners

Isaac Washam

The studio has two winners in the 2010 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards. Isaac Washam was selected best college classical instrumental soloist and the OSU Trombone Quartet was selected best college classical group. The studio has now earned 5 awards in the SMA Competition. The OSU Trombone Octet won best classical group in 2008, Ted Sonnier won best classical soloist in 2007 and Robert Gorbet won best classical soloist in 2005.

November 20, 2010

Cash Wins $2,000 in Hyechka Club Competition

Jason Cash was recently awarded the $2,000 second prize in the Hyechka Club of Tulsa Collegiate Instrumental Competition. Jason will perform on the winner’s recital in May.

November 20, 2010

Studio Success in 2010 ITA Preliminary Competitions

OSU trombonists received 10 mentions in the 2010 ITA Competitions:

  • Steven Warren-Finalist Robert Marsteller Competition
  • Steven Warren-Finalist Lewis Van Haney Competition
  • Caleb Ketcham-Finalist George Roberts Competition
  • OSU Trombone Quartet-Finalist ITA Quartet Competition
  • Isaac Washam-Honorable Mention Robert Marsteller Competition
  • Isaac Washam-Honorable Mention Frank SUmith Competition
  • Isaac Washam-Second Alternate ITA Alto Trombone Competition
  • Noel Seals-Honorable Mention Donald Yaxley Competition
  • Steven Jessup-Honorable Mention ITA Alto Trombone Competition
  • Jason Cash-Honorable Mention ITA Alto Trombone Competition

This was a record number of mentions for the studio and only UNT received more mentions. Our finalists will compete in July at the International Trombone Festival to be held at the University of Texas at Austin.

November 20, 2010

Jessup Winner in OSU Concerto Competition

Steven Jessup

On December 1, 2009, Steven Jessup became the 6th consecutive trombonist to win the Oklahoma State University concerto competition. Steve’s competition piece was the Derek Bourgeois Trombone Concerto. He will perform the entire concerto with the OSU Symphony Orchestra this spring. Jason Cash was given an honorable mention for his performance of the second movement of the Grondahl Concerto. Steve joins Noel Seals, Ted Sonnier, Isaac Washam, Robert Gorbet and Steven Torbert in a very exciting streak of wins for the OSU trombone studio.

November 20, 2010

Warren and Seals in Big 12 Solo Competition Finals

Steven Warren

Noel Seals

Steven Warren and Noel Seals have been selected as finalists in the 2010 Big 12 Area Trombone Conference Solo Competitions. Steven is one of three finalists in the Yamaha/Zeno Tenor Trombone Competition and Noel is one of three finalists in the Edwards Bass Trombone Competition. They will compete in the finals at the 7th annual Big 12 Area Trombone Conference to be held at Texas Tech University from January 15-17 2009.

November 20, 2010

Ron Barron Visit

Recently retired principal trombonist of the Boston Symphony, Ronald Barron, came to campus on November 19. He gave a masterclass that lasted nearly 3 hours. He performed pieces by Ropartz and Telemann, coached 2 orchestral sections and coached 2 trombone quartets.

October 21, 2009

OSU Brass Day 2010

We are thrilled to announce that the second annual OSU Brass Day will take place on Saturday January 16, 2010. This years special guest artists are Andy Martin and Wayne Bergeron. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear these unbelievable musicians perform live.

BrassDay 2010

October 21, 2009

Viento Sur Visit

On October 11 and 12, 2009, the Viento Sur Trombone Quartet from Argentina visited OSU. The members of the ensemble presented an excellent 2-hour masterclass and a stunning full concert performance. Their visit was made possible by generous assistance from Buffet Crampon USA, makers of Courtois trombones, Tim Ornato brass specialist. Assistance also came from Dr. Brant Adams, head of the OSU Music Department and the OSU chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi and CMENC.

Viento Sur

Viento Sur

October 21, 2009

New Additions to the Studio

New Studio Members 2009

We are glad to welcome an outstanding group of new studio members.

Trombone:

Clay Raun
Lake Jackson, TX
James Jones
Duncanville, TX
Myles Madden
Clinton, OK
Caleb Ketcham
Tyler, TX
Thomas Jaime
Flower Mound, TX
Austin Leach
Reno, Nevada
Alex Templin
Putnam City, OK

Euphonium:

Anthony Weber
Southlake, TX
Anthony Tabuena
Houston, TX
Ryan Tapp
Prague, OK

October 21, 2009

Professor Compton Awarded First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor

Professor Paul Compton has been honored as the recipient of the 2009-2010 First Lady of OSU Distinguished Music Professor Award. As part of the award, Professor Compton presented a solo recital that included performances with the OSU Wind Ensemble, the OSU Jazz Trombones and the OSU Trombone Quartet.

October 21, 2009

2009-2010 Guest Artists

OSU is hosting a long list of world class Guest Artists for the 2009-2010 academic year. These artists include:

Viento Sur
Trombone Quartet from Argentina
Ron Barron
Retired Principal Trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andy Martin & Wayne Bergeron
LA Studio and Jazz Musicians
American Brass Quintet
Premiere brass ensemble
Debra Taylor
Principal Trombonist of the New Mexico Symphony
Spanish Brass Quintet
 

October 21, 2009

Cash Wins ITA Larry Wiehe Competition

Junior trombonist Jason Cash was awarded first prize in the International Trombone Association’s Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition for trombonists age 23 and under. Jason’s prize is a custom small bore tenor trombone donated by Schmelzer Trombones.

Jason Cash

October 21, 2009

Jessup Selected for Bar Harbor Brass Week

Senior Steve Jessup has been invited to attend the 2009 Bar Harbor Brass Week in Bar Harbor, Maine. A small group of high school, college, and pre-professional participants are selected to form brass choirs and chamber ensembles to prepare for performances in Bar Harbor. Daily activities include rehearsals, coachings, masterclasses, and private lessons--all led by a prestigious faculty of many of the finest brass musicians and educators in the country. Steve will have the opportunity to work with Matthew Vaughan and Blair Bollinger of the Philadelphia Symphony.

October 21, 2009

Warren and Cash Return to EMF

Sophomore Steven Warren and Junior Jason Cash have earned the opportunity to return to the Eastern Music Festival this summer, for their second consecutive year, to continue their experience with one of the best orchestral training programs in the United States.

October 21, 2009

2009 Crescendo Music Awards Results

Isaac Washam won the Bronze Prize and $1,000 at the 2009 Crescendo Music Awards. Will Shaw and Noel Seals also reached the semifinal round of competition.

March 26, 2009

ITA Preliminary Competition Results

After the CD round of the 2008-2009 ITA competitions, OSU students received 9 mentions, a new record for the studio. The results are:

George Roberts Competition
Zachary Earnest, finalist
Robert Marsteller Competition
Isaac Washam, finalist
Larry Wiehe Competition
Jason Cash, finalist
Gilberto Gagliardi Competition
Zachary Earnest, first alternate
ITA Alto Trombone Competition
Isaac Washam, second alternate
ITA Alto Trombone Competition
Steven Jessup, honorable mention
ITA Trombone Quartet Competition
Two OSU quartets, honorable mention
Donald Yaxley Competition
Noel Seals, honorable mention

Our finalists will now compete live at the 2009 International Trombone Festival to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from June 25-28.

January 20, 2009

Big 12 Trombone Competition Results

In the final round of the Big 12 Trombone Conference solo competitions, the OSU Trombone studio was both the most represented studio and the most successful. In the Yamaha tenor trombone competition, Isaac Washam was awarded first place and $1,000 in Yamaha dollars and Steven Jessup was awarded second place. In the Edwards bass trombone category, Noel Seals was awarded second place and Shelby Kifer was also a finalist.

January 16, 2008

Five OSU Students in Big 12 Trombone Competition Finals

Five OSU trombonists have been selected for the finals of the Big 12 Trombone Conference Solo Competitions. Isaac Washam and Steven Jessup are finalists in the Yamaha/Zeno Tenor Trombone Competition and Brandon Dyer, Noel Seals and Shelby Kifer are finalists in the Edwards Bass Trombone Competition. OSU has 5 of the 10 finalists in these competitions. The finals will take place at the Big 12 Trombone Conference to be held at Texas Tech University January 16-18.

December 5, 2008

Noel Seals Winner In OSU Concerto Competition

The annual OSU Concerto Competition took place on December 3rd.  More than twenty students from all areas in the Music Department competed for the opportunity to perform as soloist with the OSU Symphony Orchestra.  Senior bass trombonist Noel Seals won the competition and will perform with the OSU Symphony Orchestra in April.  This is the fifth consecutive year a trombonist has won this competition.  We would like to give special thanks to Todd Malicoate for his excellent accompanying work.    

December 4, 2008

OSU Brass Day 2009

The OSU brass faculty will host a brass day for high school brass players in grades 9-12 on Saturday, January 24, 2009.  The day will last from 9am to 5pm and will take place in the OSU Seretean Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will feature performances by the OSU brass faculty and the special guest ensemble, Dallas Brass.  Participants will also rehearse and perform in ensembles and attend master classes.  The total cost for the day is $10 and that includes lunch.  Please download the registration form, fill it out and mail it in with your $10.  This will be a really exciting day for everyone.  Don’t miss it!

November 17, 2008

U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note and Michael Davis To Visit

The United States Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble will be performing at Stillwater High School at 8:00 on November 19. This is a free concert. Two days later on November 21, jazz trombone artist Michael Davis will be performing with the OSU Jazz Ensembles at 8:00 in the OSU Concert Hall. Don’t miss these world-class performers.

November 17, 2008

MTNA Success for Studio

The state round of the 2008-2009 Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition took place on November 15. The OSU Trombone Quartet of Noel Seals, Brandon Dyer, Steven Jessup and Isaac Washam won the competition for the fourth consecutive year. The group will now advance to the Division round in January. Brandon Dyer is also the state representative in the Young Artist Brass Division.

November 17, 2008

Brandon Dyer Finalist in Jazz Ambassadors Audition

Senior bass trombonist Brandon Dyer was recently selected as one of six finalists for the bass trombone position in the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring jazz orchestra. This 19-member big band, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad. Congratulations Brandon!

November 17, 2008

Studio Welcomes New Additions

New Studio Members

The OSU Trombone Studio would like to welcome its newest members. Shelby Kifer is a new graduate performance major from the University of Arkansas; Will Shaw is a freshman music performance major from Edmond; Jerred Smith is a freshman music performance major from Broken Arrow; Zachary Earnest is a freshman music performance major from Bixby; and Zachary Keith is a new engineering major from Putnam City.

September 17, 2008

Max Vowel Awarded Gallaher Scholarship

Sophomore trombonist Max Vowel has been awarded one of the first Gallaher Scholarships from the OSU Music Faculty. Wayne Gallaher is a retired music educator and trombonist, and long time member of the Stillwater Community Concert Band and Jazz Band. He has made a generous contribution to the OSU Music Department to fund scholarships for music education students from Oklahoma. Max was one of three students to receive $2,500 from Mr. Gallaher’s contribution. Mr. Gallaher’s generosity is greatly appreciated, and congratulations to Max for being selected by the OSU Music Faculty to received this assistance.

September 17, 2008

Steven Warren Finalist in the EMF Concerto Competition

Steven Warren competed in the 2008 Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. He was the only trombonist to advance to the final round of competition. Steven performed Concerto for Trombone by Ida Gotkovsky.

September 17, 2008

OSU Wind Ensemble to Perform at 2009 CBDNA National Conference

The OSU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joseph P. Missal conductor, has been selected for one of the highly coveted evening concerts at the 2009 CBDNA National Conference to be held at the University of Texas in March of 2009. Only 4 ensembles were selected for evening performance spots. The other ensembles are from the University of Texas, University of North Texas and Michigan State University. The OSU Wind Ensemble CBDNA program will include James Kazik’s Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble with Professor Paul Compton soloist.

September 17, 2008

Steven Warren Wins ITA Roberts Competition

The 2008 International Trombone Association Competition Finals took place from May 28-31 at the University of Utah. OSU freshman trombonist Steven Warren won the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition for bass trombonists ages 18 and under. Steven was awarded a trombone from Schilke Music and he also received a copy of Eliezer Aharoni’s new book The Non-Classic Bass Trombone. Mr. Aharoni was a judge for the Roberts competition, and very graciously gave Steven a copy of his excellent new book and CD.

September 17, 2008

OSU Trombone Octet Mentioned in James Markey’s Blog

James Markey, newly-appointed bass trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, performed an astonishing recital and gave an inspiring audition lecture at the 2008 International Trombone Festival. Both events made it clear to everyone that he is one of the finest musicians of our time. Jim wrote a blog entry regarding the ITF, and he was very kind to the OSU Trombone Octet.Visit the blog.

September 17, 2008

OSU Trombone Octet Wins Down Beat Award

The OSU Trombone Octet won the 2008 Down Beat Student Music Award for Classical Group. The competition was open to any collegiate classical ensemble, both chamber music and large ensemble. The ensemble is recognized in the June 2008 issue of Down Beat Magazine. This is the third Down Beat SMA the studio has won, with Robert Gorbet and Ted Sonnier both former winners of the SMA for Classical Soloist. The OSU Trombone Octet is Ted Sonnier, Steven Jessup, Stephen Torbert, Jason Cash, Steven Warren, Isaac Washam, Brandon Dyer and Noel Seals.

April 17, 2008

Studio Sweep of Crescendo Music Awards

The 10th Annual Tulsa Rotary Club Crescendo Music Awards Competition took place from April 10-12, 2008. Prizes totaling nearly $40,000 were awarded to students in 4 divisions. The Brass and Woodwind Division had 26 entries this year. After the preliminary competition, the judges selected 9 semifinalists, and 6 of them were OSU trombonists (Jason Cash, Brandon Dyer, Steven Jessup, Noel Seals Ted Sonnier and Isaac Washam). After the semifinal round the judges selected three finalists, and they were OSU trombonists Jason Cash, Brandon Dyer and Isaac Washam. Our three finalists competed again, and the judges awarded Brandon Dyer the Gold Prize of $5,000, Isaac Washam the Silver Prize of $2,000 and Jason Cash the Bronze Prize of $1,000. The studio took home $8,000! Congratulations to all our students!

April 17, 2008

Professor Compton Performs Maslanka Concerto with OSU Wind Ensemble

On April 10, 2008 Professor Paul Compton performed a consortium premiere of David Maslanka’s Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble with OSU Director of Bands Dr. Joseph Missal conducting. David Maslanka was able to attend, and shared the details of the work with the performers and audience. The Concerto is an incredible addition to the repertoire, and will certainly enjoy many performances. This was a truly moving experience that none of us will ever forget.

April 17, 2008

Warren and Cash Selected for Eastern Music Festival

OSU freshman trombonist Steven Warren and sophomore trombonist Jason Cash have been selected for the 2008 Eastern Music Festival. The EMF will take place from June 28-August 2. For more than 45 years the EMF has been one of the country's foremost training programs for aspiring young orchestral and piano students between the ages of 14 and 20.

April 17, 2008

Sonnier and Torbert Headed for Graduate School

Senior trombonist Ted Sonnier has been accepted into the Yale School of Music graduate program with a full scholarship and stipend. Ted will pursue a MM in performance studying with Scott Hartman. Senior trombonist Stephen Torbert has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of North Texas with a scholarship and out-of-state tuition waiver. Stephen will pursue a MM in performance with the UNT trombone faculty of Vern Kagarice, Tony Baker, Steve Wiest and Jan Kagarice.

April 17, 2008

Washam and Seals Awarded Second Place at ETW

The National Solo Trombone Competition took place at the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop from March 13-15. After 3 rounds of competition, Isaac Washam was awarded second place in the tenor trombone division II category (ages 18-22), and Noel Seals was awarded second place in the bass trombone division II category (ages 18-22). Both Isaac and Noel played great and we are proud of them!

February 25, 2008

ITA Competition Success for Studio

International Trombone AssociationThe results of the 2008 International Trombone Association Competitions have been announced and several OSU studio members have been recognized. First, the OSU Trombone Octet has won the ITA Remington Trombone Ensemble Competition! The ensemble will give a full concert at the 2008 International Trombone Festival to be held at the University of Utah. This competition was open to any trombone ensemble regardless of age or affiliation; entries were submitted from multiple countries.

Freshman trombonist Steven Warren is a finalist in the George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition and has also received an honorable mention in the Gilberto Gagliardi Competition. Junior bass trombonist Noel Seals is a finalist in the Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Competition for bass trombonists 25 and under. Junior trombonist Steven Jessup is a finalist in the Larry Wiehe Solo Competition for trombonists 23 and under. Senior trombonist Stephen Torbert received an honorable mention in the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Competition for tenor trombonists 25 and under. With these 6 mentions, the OSU trombone studio is one of the most recognized in this year's competitions. Our three individual finalists will compete live at the ITF. Congratulations to the octet and all the individuals recognized this year!

February 25, 2008

Seals and Washam in Semifinals of ETW Competitions

Junior bass trombonist Noel Seals is a semifinalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Bass Trombone Competition, Division II (18-22). Junior tenor trombonist Isaac Washam is a semifinalist in the Solo Tenor Trombone Competition, Division II (18-22). They will complete in the semifinals on March 13 in Washington, D.C., as part of the ETW. Good luck to Noel and Isaac!

February 25, 2008

Professor Compton to perform at the Eastern Trombone Workshop

Professor Compton is one of the featured performers at the 2008 Eastern Trombone Workshop. He will present a solo recital on March 13 and will perform as soloist with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, on March 15. His recital will feature new works for trombone by composers John Cheetham, Joseph Spaniola, Michael Davis and Todd Malicoate. Joining him on the recital will be pianist Chad Bowles, trombonist Amy Salo, and the OSU Trombone Quartet. Paul will perform James Kazik’s Concerto with the Army Band.

February 25, 2008

James PickrelJames Pickrel Selected Drum Major of the Cowboy Marching Band

Trombonist James Pickrel has been selected drum major of the Cowboy Marching Band for the 2008-2009 school year. James is music business major from Pilot Point, Texas, and has previously served the CMB as trombone section leader. Congratulations James!

February 25, 2008

Professor Compton Performs on Music Hall Artist Series

Professor Compton performed a solo recital on the University of West Florida’s Music Hall Artist Series on January 28, 2008. Other artists on this year’s series include concert pianist William Wolfram, principal violinist of the Dallas Symphony Emmanuel Borok and mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata. Professor Compton’s program included three world premiere performances of works by John Cheetham, Michael Davis and Joseph Spaniola. The recital was one of the best attended in recent years, and the audience responded with an enthusiastic standing ovation. Pianist Chad Bowles and trombonist Amy Salo joined Professor Compton for the recital.

November 28, 2007

Ted SonnierTed Sonnier Winner In OSU Concerto Competition

The annual OSU Concerto Competition took place on November 27. More than twenty students from all areas in the Music Department competed for the opportunity to perform with the OSU Symphony Orchestra. Senior trombonist Ted Sonnier won the competition performing the Christopher Rouse Trombone Concerto. He will perform the piece with the OSU Symphony Orchestra in April. Bass trombonist Noel Seals received an honorable mention in the competition for his performance of the Thom Ritter George Bass Trombone Concerto. This is the fourth consecutive year a trombonist has won this competition. We would like to give special thanks to Todd Malicoate for his excellent accompanying work.

November 28, 2007

Sonnier and Jessup Finalists in Big 12 Solo Competition

Ted Sonnier and Steven Jessup have been selected for the final round of the first annual Big 12 Trombone Conference Solo Competition. They will compete live in the final round to be held at Texas Tech University on January 20, 2008. We are very excited to have two of the five finalists in this competition. Congratulations to Steven and Ted!

November 28, 2007

MTNA Success for Studio

The state round of the 2007-2008 Music Teacher’s National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition took place on November 10. The OSU Trombone Quartet of Stephen Torbert, Brandon Dyer, Ted Sonnier and Isaac Washam, won the competition for the third consecutive year. The group will now advance to the Division round in January. The studio also has the state representative in every solo brass category. Isaac Washam has advanced in the Young Artist Brass Division, Steven Warren has advanced in the Senior Brass Division and Atticus Mullon (pre-college studio) has advanced in the Junior Brass Division.

October 8, 2007

Jason CashJason Cash Winner in Hays Symphony Orchestra Competition

The Fourth Annual Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition took place on October 6-7 in Hays, Kansas. The competition was open to instrumentalists and vocalists ages 29 and under. The preliminary round included 18 competitors on piano, violin, flute, trumpet, tuba, trombone, double bass and voice. OSU sophomore trombonist and music education major Jason Cash was selected as one of the three winners. The three winners will perform their concertos with the Hays Symphony Orchestra on November 11 in an open public performance. The performance will serve as a final round of competition before the three will receive a final ranking and be awarded corresponding cash awards. Jason will be performing the entire Nino Rota Trombone Concerto with the orchestra. Congratulations, Jason!

September 30, 2007

Studio Welcomes New Additions

New Studio Members

We are very happy to welcome the new members of the OSU trombone studio. Ira Allen is a new graduate music performance major from Cabot, Arkansas, who just graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. Steven Jessup is a new undergraduate music performance major from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Austin Mahan is a new undergraduate music education major from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Andrew Swann is a new undergraduate music education major from Rainsville, Alabama. Max Vowel is a new undergraduate music education major from Guthrie, Oklahoma. Steven Warren is a new undergraduate music performance major from Ponca City, Oklahoma. We are thrilled to have these talented new students at OSU.

September 30, 2007

Trombonist Jo-hsu Hsu Visits from Taiwan

Joyce Hsu

Jo-hsu Hsu, known to her American friends as Joyce, visited Stillwater for nearly two months this summer. Joyce is entering her third year as a trombone major at the National Taipei University of Art. Studio member Ted Sonnier has known Joyce for a few years now, so she decided to visit Ted and spend some time being part of the OSU trombone studio. Joyce participated in trombone ensembles, group daily routine sessions, jazz ensemble and lessons. This was also her first visit to the United States, so she was also able to enjoy interesting new experiences like attending a university football game. Joyce is a very talented trombonist and a great friend to all of us, and we are very happy she came to visit. We hope she returns again soon!

September 30, 2007

OSU Trombone Ensembles Begin Year With Three Performances

The first OSU trombone ensemble performance of the year took place at the OSU Library on September 20. Both the 22-member OSU trombone choir and the OSU trombone octet performed on this concert. The performance kicked off the 2007-2008 OSU Library Noon Concert Series. The trombone octet then traveled to Lawton, Oklahoma for two concerts on September 21. The first Lawton concert took place at MacArthur High School, alma mater of studio member Stephen Torbert, where the octet performed for a majority of the public school band students in Lawton. The second concert took place at the Lawton International Festival. The OSU trombone octet and the studio jazz trombone ensemble, known as the Payne County Funk Council, performed as the Festival’s headline musical act for Friday evening. Rusty Hall, graduate of the studio, was on hand to record all the concerts, and he sat in on the Payne County Funk Council set. We would like to give special appreciation to Rusty and to the Funk Council rhythm section, Todd Malicoate, Charles Peterson and Patrick Bubert. The Lawton International Festival is a really outstanding event, and we hope to perform there again next year.

July 24, 2007

Isaac Washam Winner in Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition

The annual Bank of America Concerto Competition is one of the most anticipated parts of the Eastern Music Festival, and an entire EMF student orchestra concert is dedicated to accompanying the winners of this prestigious competition. The competition began with separate preliminary auditions for brass, woodwinds, strings and piano, and the top students in each of these areas competed in a final round of competition. Six winners were selected in this year’s competition, and Isaac Washam is one of them. Isaac will perform Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone and Orchestra on July 26, with Gerard Schwarz conducting. Isaac is one of a very small group of trombonists to win this competition in the 45 years of the EMF. The most recent trombone winners prior to Isaac are James Box, now Principal Trombonist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Douglas Wright, now Principal Trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Congratulations Isaac!

July 24, 2007

Successful Summer for Pre-College Trombone Studio

The summer of 2007 has been successful for members of the OSU pre-college trombone studio. Zachary Earnest, who just completed his junior year at Bixby High School, earned the principal trombone chair of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Symphony Orchestra. Zachary and Steven Warren, who just complete his senior year at Ponca City High School and will be a music student at OSU this fall, shared the principal trombone work in the OU Honors Wind Ensemble. Atticus Mullon, who just completed the seventh grade in Stillwater, earned first chair in the first band (of eight bands) at the University of Arkansas Junior High School Band Camp. Sam Eastman, who just completed the seventh grade in Stillwater, earned fourth chair in the first band at the University of Arkansas Junior High School Band Camp. Zachary Sheffert, who just completed the ninth grade at Stillwater High School, earned first chair at the OSU/Seretean Summer Band Camp and fifth chair in the first band at the University of Arkansas High School Band Camp. Earnest, Warren and Mullon study with Professor Compton, and Sheffert and Eastman study with Isaac Washam.

June 12 , 2007

Jason Cash Wins Second Prize in Miller Competition

The 31st Annual Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition took place on June 7 in Clarinda, Iowa. Ten finalists, selected from a pool of 54 preliminary audition recordings, competed live for cash prizes totaling $6.000. OSU freshman trombonist Jason Cash won this year’s $2,000 second prize. The competition is open to any instrumentalist in the final year of high school or first year of college. Incoming OSU freshman trombonist, Steven Warren, was also a finalist in this year’s competition.

June 12 , 2007

Chad Garvin Secures Internship with Summit Records

Senior music business major and trombonist, Chad Garvin, began an internship with Summit Records of Tempe, Arizona on June 11. Chad will spend nearly two months observing all aspects of the company. Summit Records is an internationally distributed record label that evolved out of the dynamic large brass ensemble, Summit Brass, in the late 1980s with the goal of providing quality, world-class musicians a platform to get their music to the public and be treated fairly in the process. Summit has a large catalog of recordings, including those by world-class trombonists Joseph Alessi, Mark Lawrence, Harry Watters, Scott Whitfield, Carl Lenthe, Larry Zalkind, Mark Hetzler, James Nova, Pete McGuiness and Nicola Ferro.

May 25, 2007

Stephen Torbert Selected for Hot Springs Music Festival

Stephen Torbert has been offered a full scholarship to attend the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas from June 2-16. He will participate in large brass ensemble, chamber brass ensemble and symphony orchestra concerts throughout the Festival. Stephen will be working with David Jackson, the festival trombone mentor and University of Michigan trombone professor.

May 8, 2007

Stephen Torbert Selected for Bar Harbor Brass Week

Stephen Torbert has been selected to participate in the 2007 Bar Harbor Brass Week from June 24-July 1. Stephen will participate in rehearsals, masterclasses, and private lessons with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, and the Extension Ensemble brass quintet. The trombone faculty is Matthew Vaughn, Blair Bollinger and Chris Branagan. All of this will take place on the campus of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor is one of the East Coast's most popular summer tourist destinations and lies adjacent to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Congratulations Stephen!

May 8, 2007

Jason Cash Finalist in Miller Competition

Freshman trombonist Jason Cash is a finalist in the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition. The final round of competition will take place in Clarinda, Iowa, during the annual GMBS Festival. The Festival will take place from June 7-10. Finalists will be competing for $6,000 in prizes. This is the fourth consecutive year an OSU trombonist has been in the finals.

May 8, 2007

Noel Seals Selected for the Eastern Music Festival

Sophomore bass trombone performance major Noel Seals has been selected to participate in the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra from June 23-July 29. With Noel’s selection, we now have 3 OSU trombonists attending the EMF this summer. Noel, Brandon and Isaac will have the opportunity to perform such pieces as Mahler's Symphony #1, Shostakovich's Symphony #10, Holst's The Planets, Dukas' The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prokoviev's Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky's Petrushka. This certainly will be a special summer for these students.

May 8, 2007

Rusty Hall Graduates, Starts Business

Trombonist Rusty Hall graduated with his music business degree on May 5. Rusty spent the last several months interning with James Jackson, the most in demand ambient recording engineer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Prior to completing his internship, Rusty had already established his own company, R.R. Productions. Rusty is developing a long list of clients working as an ambient recording engineer, and he continues to book his group, the Rusty Hall Band. Rusty and his wife Stephanie are living in North Richland Hills, TX. We wish them the very best, and we miss them already.

April 30, 2007

Ted Sonnier Wins DownBeat Competition

OSU junior trombone performance major, Ted Sonnier, is a winner in the 30th Annual DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards. Ted won the College Classical Instrumental Soloist Award. He is recognized in the June 2007 issue of the magazine, which is available now. Ted’s category was open to any classical instrumental soloist enrolled in at least 6 hours of college credit.

April 30, 2007

Brandon Dyer Selected for the Eastern Music Festival

OSU junior bass trombonist Brandon Dyer has been selected to participate in the 2007 Eastern Music Festival Orchestra from June 23-July 29. We are very excited to be sending two trombonists this year. Brandon’s participation is made possible through generous financial assistance from the Hyechka Club of Tulsa and Chamber Music Tulsa. Brandon was also recently selected first alternate in the Bar Harbor Brass Week bass trombone auditions.

April 30, 2007

Isaac Washam Wins Second Prize in Hyechka Scholarship Auditions

The Hyechka club of Tulsa held their annual scholarship auditions on April 14. OSU sophomore trombonist Isaac Washam won the $1,000 second prize in the Chamber Music Tulsa/Robert Heckman Collegiate Instrumental Scholarship Competition. Isaac will perform on the Hyechka Scholarship Winners Program on May 2nd at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa.

April 30, 2007

OSU Trombone Ensemble to be Featured at 2007 Lawton International Festival

The OSU Trombone Ensemble will be featured on Friday, September 21, 2007 at the 28th Annual Lawton International Festival. The annual festival celebrates Lawton’s remarkable cultural and ethnic diversity. Activities include a variety of multi-cultural entertainment on three stages, a children's area with games and activities, vendors, and a food court. The OSU Trombone Ensemble will perform at 8:00 pm.

April 14, 2007

Isaac Washam Selected for the Eastern Music Festival

OSU sophomore trombonist Isaac Washam has been selected to participate in the 2007 Eastern Music Festival Orchestra from June 23-July 29. For the last 45 years the Eastern Music Festival and School has been one of this country's foremost training programs for aspiring young musicians between the ages of 14 and 20.

April 14, 2007

OSU Trombone Studio Active During International Trombone Week

International Trombone Week 2007 took place from April 1-8. The OSU trombone studio kicked off our part of International Trombone Week on April 3, with afternoon recital hour performances by Ted Sonnier and Chad Garvin. That same evening OSU Concerto Competition winner Isaac Washam performed Ferdinand David’s Concertino with the OSU Symphony Orchestra. Ted Sonnier performed the trombone solo in Ravel’s Bolero on the same concert.

April 4 was the first day of a guest residency with NEA Jazz Master and jazz trombone legend Slide Hampton. Slide rehearsed with both jazz ensembles, gave an improvisation masterclass and worked with the OSU trombone ensemble. Slide talked about his career and rehearsed with the jazz bands again on April 5. The OSU Jazz Ensembles and Slide performed for a packed audience on April 6. Having Slide Hampton at OSU was an absolutely unforgettable experience. Slide is a living legend, and every note he plays has incredible style, beauty and history. He is one of the best there has ever been.

April 14, 2007

OSU Trombonists Return from Toronto

Five OSU trombonists traveled to Toronto to compete in the Music Teacher’s National Association Competitions National Finals from March 21-27. The OSU Trombone Quartet (Brandon Dyer, Stephen Torbert, Ted Sonnier and Isaac Washam) placed third in the Chamber Music Competition and OSU freshman trombonist Zachary Hager placed third in the Senior Brass Competition. All the competitions were extremely competitive, and we are very proud that these students placed so high.

April 14, 2007

Professor Compton Selected for 2007 Alessi Seminar

Paul Compton was selected as one of the 16 participants for the 2007 Alessi Seminar to be held July 29 - August 7 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Seminar events will include masterclasses, orchestral audition preparation, recitals, a solo recital by Joseph Alessi, trombone quartets, trombone choir and a concert featuring selected participants accompanied by the UNM Wind Symphony.

April 14, 2007

OSU Trombone Ensemble Performs Spring Library Concert

The OSU Trombone Ensemble was featured on a concert at the OSU Library on March 15. The ensemble performed works by Bozza, Shostakovich, Blazevich, Jacob, Crespo and Ewazen. Junior bass trombonist Brandon Dyer was featured on Eric Ewazen’s Capriccio for solo bass trombone and trombone ensemble

April 14, 2007

Isaac Washam St. Cecilia Collegiate Winner

Isaac Washam was awarded the 2006-2007 St. Cecilia Federated Music Club Collegiate Scholarship on March 11. He performed Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for unaccompanied trombone on the winners recital held at the Sheerar Museum. The Ladies Club of Oklahoma City also recently awarded Isaac the Dr. Carl and Leanne Manion Award for Excellence in Trombone. He will perform at their winner’s concert on April 18.

March 5, 2007

Brandon Dyer Recognized in Ladies Club Audition

The Ladies Club of Oklahoma City held their annual scholarship auditions on March 4. OSU bass trombonist Brandon Dyer was awarded the organization’s Floyd Red Rice scholarship award. Brandon will perform at the Ladies Club winner’s concert on April 18.

March 5, 2007

Studio Members Earn Silver and Bronze at Crescendo Music Awards

The 9th Annual Crescendo Music Awards Competition took place from February 22-24 in Tulsa. The CMA Competition, sponsored by the Tulsa Rotary Club, awarded cash prizes totaling $34,500. Three rounds of competition took place in each of the 4 divisions; Piano, Strings, Voice and Brass & Woodwinds. Participants were required to perform memorized selections representing 3 periods of music. OSU trombonist, Isaac Washam, won the Silver Award and $2,000 and OSU bass trombonist, Brandon Dyer, won the Bronze Award and $1,000 in the Brass & Woodwind Division. The final round of competition was an open public recital at the Van Trease Performing Arts Center for Education.

March 5, 2007

Slide Hampton at OSU

NEA Jazz Master Slide Hampton will be at OSU from April 3-7. Slide will work closely with OSU students, and the week will culminate in a performance on Friday, April 6, at 8:00. Tickets are available by calling 405-744-6134. Slide’s appearance is made possible by generous funding from the NEA Jazz Master’s Program. Slide is an absolute jazz legend who has played with Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie, just to name a few.

March 5, 2007

Stephen Torbert Recognized in Two ITA Competitions

Studio member Stephen Torbert was recognized recently in two ITA Competitions. He was selected Second Alternate in the Lewis Van Haney Competition, and he received an Honorable Mention in the Frank Smith Competition. Earning mention in one competition is a tremendous achievement alone, so Stephen has achieved something particularly special. Congratulations Stephen!

March 5, 2007

OSU Participates in Commission Consortium

The OSU Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joseph Missal conductor, has joined a consortium to commission a Concerto for Trombone and Winds by David Maslanka. The piece will be premiered during the 2007-2008 school year. David Maslanka is one of today’s premiere composers, particularly in the wind and percussion world.

February 4, 2007

Professor Compton at TMEA

Professor Paul Compton will be attending the 2007 Texas Music Educator’s Association Convention in San Antonio, TX from February 14-17. He will be assisting with the Edwards exhibit.

The OSU Music Department will also have an exhibit at the convention. Several OSU faculty members will be on hand to answer questions about OSU. Studio member James Pickrel will also be available to offer a student's perspective.

February 4, 2007

OSU Jazz Ensemble I Invited to Perform at the 2007 North Sea Jazz Festival

The OSU Jazz Ensemble I will travel to Europe this summer to perform in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The ensemble, directed by Dr. Andrew Cheetham, has been invited to perform at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The ensemble is one of only 11 student groups invited to perform this year. The trombone section in Jazz Ensemble I this semester is Stephen Torbert, Isaac Washam, Ted Sonnier, Noel Seals and Brandon Dyer.

February 4, 2007

5 OSU Trombonists in MTNA National Finals

The Music Teacher’s National Association Annual Convention will take place from March 21-27, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The National Finals of the MTNA student competitions will take place during the convention.

Five OSU trombonists will be competing in this year’s finals. Freshman trombonist Zachary Hager is one of six finalists in the Senior Brass Competition; sophomore trombonist Isaac Washam is one of six finalists in the Young Artist Brass Competition; and the OSU Trombone Quartet (Stephen Torbert, Isaac Washam, Ted Sonnier and Brandon Dyer) is one of seven ensembles in the Collegiate Chamber Music Competition Finals. The students advanced to the national level by first winning the state round and then the division round.

February 4, 2007

Professor Compton Performs Recital at the University of Arkansas

Professor Paul Compton performed a guest recital at the University of Arkansas on Monday, January 29. He was accompanied by OSU faculty pianist Dr. Zarina Melik-Stepanova and the OSU Trombone Quartet. Compton’s program was Concerto for Trombone by James Pugh; Life Pictures for Solo Trombone by David Shipps; Elegie by Sergei Rachmaninov; and Mosaic of a Fallen Hero by David Herring. The quartet also performed Slide Hampton’s arrangement of Round Midnight and Dr. Melik-Stepanova performed a collection of piano works by Debussy. Dr. Gerald Sloan, Professor of Trombone at the University of Arkansas, made the recital possible.

February 4, 2007

Scott Whitfield Visit a Success

Scott WhitfieldOn January 17, Scott Whitfield, jazz trombonist and vocalist, gave a performance/lecture/masterclass for OSU students. Exceptional jazz singer Ginger Berglund joined Scott to perform several wonderful tunes with local trio Todd Malicoate, piano; Charles Peterson, bass; and Pat Bubert, drums.

OSU Sophomore bass trombonist Noel Seals wrote and arranged a jazz trombone ensemble chart, A Little Payne County Funk, especially for the occasion. Scott performed the chart with the trio, Paul Compton and studio members Noel Seals, Brandon Dyer, Jason Cash, Isaac Washam, Ted Sonnier and Stephen Torbert. Every aspect of Scott’s presentation was excellent and we hope to have him back soon.

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January 6, 2007

Four Studio Members in Delta Symphony Concerto Competition Finals

Studio members Ted Sonnier, Brandon Dyer, Isaac Washam and Stephen Torbert have been invited to the finals of the Delta Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. They were selected from a preliminary CD round, and will now compete live on January 13 at Arkansas State University. Finalists have the opportunity to win cash prizes and a solo performance with the Delta Symphony Orchestra.

January 6, 2007

Jazz Trombonist Scott Whitfield at OSU

Los Angeles jazz trombone artist Scott Whitfield will be on campus on Wednesday, January 17, 2007. He will present a master class and lecture at 8:00 om in the OSU Concert Hall. Scott is touring all month, partially in support of his latest CD, Speaking of Love.

December 20, 2006

Professor Compton Wins Co-op Press Recording Competition

Professor Paul Compton won First Prize in the 2006 Co-op Press Recording Competition for his recording of Sy Brandon’s Ballad and Dance Variations for Trombone and Piano. In addition to receiving a cash prize, his recording will be included on the album Trombonarama, to be released on Emeritus Records in 2007. OSU faculty pianist Zarina Melik-Stepanova collaborated with Paul on this recording.

November 30, 2006

Isaac Washam OSU Concerto Competition Winner

The annual OSU Concerto Competition took place on November 29, 2006. More than twenty brass, woodwind, voice, piano, percussion and string students competed for the opportunity to perform as soloist with the OSU Symphony Orchestra. Sophomore trombonist Isaac Washam won the competition, and will perform the Ferdinand David Concertino with the OSU Symphony Orchestra in April.

This is the third consecutive year an OSU trombonist has won this competition. Robert Gorbet won in 2005-2006 with the Daniel Schnyder subZERO bass trombone concerto and Stephen Torbert won in 2004-2005 with the Lars-Erik Larsson Concertino.

November 13, 2006

OSU Trombone Quartet Wins MTNA Competition

The OSU Trombone Quartet – Stephen Torbert, Isaac Washam, Ted Sonnier and Brandon Dyer – won the state round of the MTNA Collegiate Chamber Music Competition for the second consecutive year on November 11. The group advanced all the way to the national finals last year, and hopefully they are on their way there again. They will compete at the Division level in January against the state winners from Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Trombonists Isaac Washam and Zachary Hager automatically advanced to subsequent rounds of their respective MTNA solo brass competitions, as they were the only competitors at the state level.

October 20, 2006

OSU Trombone Ensemble featured on Library Concert Series

The OSU Edmon Low Library Concert Series featured the OSU Trombone Ensemble on October 19th. The performance included trombone ensembles ranging from 4 to 17 players, performing the music of J. S. Bach, James Kazik, Dmitry Shostakovich, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Thelonious Monk, Eric Ewazen and Franz Biebl.

The program also included the premiere of Grammatical Errors for Trombone Octet, by OSU student composer Joseph Cooper. This concert was part of the monthly Noon Concert Series in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room.

October 4, 2006

Professor Compton Receives Wise-Diggs-Berry Award

On October 3, 2006, Paul Compton was awarded the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for teaching excellence in the arts. The Music Department Faculty nominated Professor Compton, and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Council ultimately made the final selection. The presentation was made at the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Fall Convocation.

October 1, 2006

Rusty Hall Granted Internship

Senior trombonist and music business major Rusty Hall has been granted an internship with James Jackson, one of the leading live ambient audio engineers in the nation. Jackson frequently records the Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Turtle Creek Chorale, Van Cliburn Competition and many others.

Rusty will spend several weeks working with Jackson, learning every detail of recording, editing and producing. This will be Rusty’s final degree requirement before graduation.

September 29, 2006

Professor Compton Performs Pugh Concerto

The first OSU Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2006-2007 school year took place on September 28th. The program featured Paul Compton on James Pugh's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra. The performance received an enthusiastic standing ovation. Professor Douglas Droste, OSU Director of Orchestral Studies, conducted the performance.

September 29, 2006

Flick Finalist in United States Army Band Euphonium Audition

OSU euphonium and trombone graduate student Phil Flick was one of ten finalists invited to the recent United States Army Concert Band “Pershing’s Own” euphonium audition. Phil was selected from a recorded preliminary audition and invited to audition live.

September 20, 2006

Professor Compton Completes Residency at the University of Saskatchewan

Paul Compton spent September 13-17 at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the guest trombone artist for the 2006 University of Saskatchewan Brass Days. He performed a solo recital, participated in three large brass ensemble concerts, taught lessons, gave a master class and performed a brass quintet concert with the other guest performers.

July 29, 2006

Isaac Washam Wins ITA Gagliardi Competition

Isaac Washam with his Weril Custom Bass Trombone

Isaac Washam won the 2006 International Trombone Association Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition, for trombonists 18 and under. He and two other finalists – all selected from a CD round – competed live at the 2006 International Trombone Festival in Birmingham, England. The Weril Instrument Company of Brazil awarded Isaac a custom bass trombone as his prize.

June 10, 2006

Isaac Washam wins Miller Competition

The final round of the 30th Annual Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition took place on June 8, 2006, as part of the GMBS Festival in Clarinda, Iowa. The competition was open to any instrumentalist who was a graduating high school senior or college student with only one year completed. There were 39 recordings submitted for the preliminary round, and this was reduced to 10 finalists. The final round consisted of 2 violinists, 1 flutist, 2 saxophonists, 1 trombonist, 1 tubist, 2 pianists and 1 harpist. Each finalist performed prepared solo pieces, scales and sight-reading. This year’s first prize was awarded to OSU trombonist Isaac Washam. Isaac performed on a winner’s recital on June 10 for several hundred audience members.

June 1, 2006

Wind Ensemble Tours Japan

The OSU Wind Ensemble recently returned from a concert tour in Japan. The ensemble performed at the 37th Annual Yamaha All-Japan Band Directors Clinic in Hamamatsu City and at Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo. A CD of this tour is now available by contacting the OSU Band office.

May 1, 2006

Brandon Dyer Winner in Hyechka Competition

Bass Trombonist Brandon Dyer won second place – and $1000 – in the recent Hyechka Club of Tulsa Collegiate Instrumental Scholarship Competition.

April 25, 2006

Robert Gorbet Accepted at Juilliard

Senior bass trombone performance student Robert Gorbet has been accepted into the graduate program at the Juilliard School of Music. Robert will begin his studies at Juilliard in the fall of 2006. The Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University also accepted Robert.

March 20, 2006

Brandon Dyer Wins ETW Competition

The 2006 National Classical Trombone Competition took place at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in March. Brandon Dyer won the Bass Trombone Division for ages 18-22. His competition piece was David Fetter's Spain.