Members

The current 26 members of the Northwestern Trombone Studio hail from 15 states and 3 countries. Past and present members have won national and international awards and competitions and have held positions in world class ensembles and institutions, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Drake University, Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Eastern Illinois University, Finnish State Opera, New World Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the United States Navy Band (Washington, D.C.). So many of our alumni have gone on to do incredible things, so take a look below!

Nick Kemp, Tenor Trombone

Freshman

Virginia

Nick Kemp is a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Although first inhabited over 4,000 years ago, Nick has a long history of European colonialism, beginning with Ferdinand Magellan's Spanish expedition landing on March 6, 1521. For more than two centuries Nick was an important stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons that crossed the Pacific annually. The aspiring musician was controlled by Spain until 1898, when he was surrendered to the United States during the Spanish–American War and later formally ceded as part of the Treaty of Paris. Today, he is best known for his beautiful coral reefs and tradition of American military presence.

On the trombone side of things, Nick's foremost instructors have included Barry Hearn, Mark Lusk, Don Lucas, Bruce Docherty, Toby Oft, Sylvia Alimena, Tom Cupples, and David Krauss. In addition to his hometown youth orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic, and brass ensemble, Brass of Peace, Nick has performed with the Young Artists' Orchestra at BUTI in 2013 and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Interlochen in 2012 under the baton of conductors such as Osmo Vänskä, Jung-Ho Pak, Paul Haas, JoAnn Falletta, Ken-David Masur, and Tito Muñoz. His non-trombone interests include fiercely obsessing over Washington Nationals baseball, drinking gallons of Diet Dr. Pepper each week, perusing Pitchfork's Best New Music section, reading, running, and cinema.

Cameron Kerl, Tenor Trombone

Sophomore

Washington

Bio coming soon...

 

Michael Cox, Tenor Trombone

Sophomore

Illinois

Bio coming soon... 

Sam Patchett, Bass Trombone

Sophomore

Wisconsin

"Born on a mountain, raised in cave - playing trombone is all I crave."

Tommy Holmes, Bass Trombone

Sophomore

California

Tommy Holmes is a fictional detective created by author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based "consulting detective" whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases.

Holmes, who first appeared in publication in 1887, was featured in four novels and 56 short stories. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. Holmes grew tremendously in popularity with the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine, beginning with A Scandal in Bohemia in 1891; further series of short stories and two novels published in serial form appeared between then and 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1914.

All but four stories are narrated by Holmes's friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself ("The Blanched Soldier" and "The Lion's Mane") and two others are written in the third person ("The Mazarin Stone" and "His Last Bow").

Michael Shayte, Tenor Trombone

Sophomore

Maryland

Hailed by some as, “a trombonist”, Michael is currently a freshman at Northwestern University studying Trombone Performance and Imitative Bird Calling. A native of Catonsville, Maryland, Michael began playing the trombone at age 11. After many years working on “Hot Cross Buns” his musical career took off. By high school he was a member in All-County, All-State, and Baltimore Symphony Side-by-Side ensembles as well a member of both the Peabody Youth Orchestra and Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra. He has also spent two summers participating in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Beyond his academic and musical interests, Michael is a lover of kittens and fine cheeses.

Joe Dubas, Tenor Trombone

Sophomore

Virginia

Joe hails from Northern VA. He has been heard to say that NoVA is not actually part of the south, because it’s “basically DC.” He could not be reached for comment. Joe spends his time in two areas: throwing around plastic discs in the wind, and taking selfies with the president of Northwestern, Morty.

Joe has played in the summer festival orchestras at the Brevard Music Center, and at the BU Tanglewood Institute, and was a finalist in the 2013 ITA Gagliardi solo competition. Joe studied with National Symphony trombonist Barry Hearn in high school, and is now very fortunate to be studying with the fantastic faculty at Northwestern.

Rachel Trumbore, Tenor Trombone

Sophomore

California

Rachel Trumbore, a sunny San Diego native, is going to be a sophomore trombone performance major at Northwestern University. She has studied with Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Tim Higgins, Randy Hawes, Sean Reusch, Kyle Covington, and Toby Oft.

Katie DeAmico, Tenor Trombone

Senior

Illinois

Katie DeAmico is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance with a minor in Arts Administration from Northwestern University. This summer, Katie attended the Alessi seminar as a fellow. In the spring, she was a member of Northwestern’s trombone choir and brass ensemble, who were invited to perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millenium Park. She was also a member of the trombone choir in 2012 when the ensemble performed at the Eastern Trombone Workshop. In addition to Northwestern’s symphony orchestra and wind ensemble, Katie has also had recent performances with the Wheaton Municipal Band and Chicago Youth Symphony’s alumni orchestra.  In 2011, she was a participant in the Summer Trombone Workshop at Temple University and honorable mention for ITA’s Gagliardi Division.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys riding her bike and racing with Northwestern’s Cycling team. Katie also recently held an internship at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, where she assisted music therapists and researched art’s benefits on well-being.

Caroline Juster, Tenor Trombone

Senior

Nebraska

Caroline was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she learned to appreciate great steaks and brag about her local zoo. Contrary to studio belief, she did not live on a ranch or own a magic cow named Bessie. In Omaha, Caroline studied with Omaha Symphony trombonist Jay Wise for over seven years. She has performed with many ensembles at Northwestern and is a founding member of the Orrington Brass Quintet. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys powerlifting, studying history, listening to electronic dance music, and spending time outdoors. 

During the summer of 2013, Caroline was a Fellow at the Summer Brass Institute in Menlo Park, California where she worked closely with members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Bay Brass. She has also attended other summer programs including the Alessi Seminar and the Summer Trombone Workshop in Philadelphia. Caroline competed as a finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Solo Competition Division II in 2013. In 2012, Caroline was awarded second alternate (5th place) in the Frank Smith International Trombone Competition. Caroline received the Interlochen Arts Camp's most prestigious award, the Maddy Summer Artist Award, both in 2009 and 2010. She is also an accomplished, recorded jazz trombonist and was selected as a member of the 2010 Grammy Jazz Band. Caroline is thrilled to be at Northwestern and living in her favorite city

Kelton Koch, Tenor Trombone

Senior

Texas

Recently deemed “a straight-up gangsta” by iconic rap legend Snoop Dogg, Kelton Koch is an emerging rap artist hailing from Lake Jackson, Texas. Over the past three summers, Kelton has been fortunate earn scholarship to participate in the Tanglewood Young Rap Artist's Orchestra, where he worked with teachers such as David Krauss, Don Lucas, and the Wu Tang Clan. He is currently studying crocodile wrestling with Michael Mulcahy at Northwestern University while pursuing a minor in underwater basket weaving. In his free time, he enjoys hobbies such as basketball, ping-pong, mathematics, and researching the stock market.

Harris "Teddy" Malasky, Tenor Trombone

Senior

Florida

Harris “Teddy” Malasky, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, is currently a senior Trombone Performance major at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as an American Academy of Conducting in Aspen (AACA) Trombone Fellow, as well as Le Domaine Forget, Bar Harbor Brass Week, Summer Brass Institute at Menlo, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Interlochen Arts Camp as an Emerson Scholar. He has performed in concert under the batons of such conductors as Robert Spano, Manfred Honeck, Jun Märkl, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, JoAnn Falleta, and Marin Alsop. In addition to his current studies with Chicago Symphony Orchestra Second Trombonist Michael Mulcahy, Harris has studied wind conducting with Dr. Mallory Thompson, choral conducting with Dr. Donald Nally, and orchestral conducting with Octavio Mas-Arocas and Victor Yampolsky. He is an active conductor in and around Chicago, having conducted chamber ensembles at Northwestern and DePaul Universities in concert, and currently serves as the Music Director of the New Chicago Brass; a brass ensemble comprised entirely of Civic Orchestra of Chicago members and alumni.

When he’s not playing trombone or conducting, you can often find Teddy studying a score, playing videogames with his roommates, baking, or listening obsessively to classical music recordings. Teddy has a strong love of his Four B’s (Bach/Brahms/Bruckner/Bartok), gourmet homemade cuisine, traveling with family, and telling off-color jokes. 

Weston Olencki, Tenor Trombone

Senior

South Carolina

Born and raised in the Dirty South, Weston is just now getting used to the frigid tundra that is Chicago. While not touring as a roadie with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Keith Urban, he is an strong advocate for contemporary and improvised music in addition to his orchestral and classical studies.  In whatever spare time he has left, he enjoys art history, cooking, weightlifting, painting, and a good cup of coffee. 

Weston had the privelidge of studying with Atlanta Symphony trombonist Colin Williams during high school, and has previously performed with the Spartanburg Philhamonic, Hendersonville Symphony, and Brevard Music Center Orchestra in addition to the many ensembles at Northwestern. He has been a winner and two-time finalist in the Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Competition, and first alternate in the ITA Gilberto Gagliardi Competition. While he has enjoyed spending summers all over the country, Weston is extremely happy to be living and studying in Chicago with Northwestern's amazing faculty. 

Nick Platoff, Tenor Trombone

Senior

Connecticut

Nick's presence in the studio has been the topic of many heated arguments because it is publicly known that he doesn't actually play the trombone anymore. In fact, he hasn't produced a sound in several years. Instead, Mr. Platoff has decided to divide his time into two areas. First is his profound love of colorful sneakers, stolen sunglasses, and other fashion curiosities. Many analysts theorize that this may be part of the reason he carries a trombone around so much-- as a pure fashion statement. The second area of Nick's life is his childhood dream to become a Russian language historian. He is known to practice his Russian accent for several hours daily in hopes of better understanding this complex language. Nick's proudest achievement is indubitably his undisturbed title as the "Make-Weston-Olencki-Laugh" World Champion.

Joseph Aumann, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Wisconsin

A native of Hartford, WI, Joe is a recent alumnus of the University of Wisconsin - Eu Claire where he studied trombone with Dr. Phillip Ostrander and Dr. John Tranter. He has also studied with Megumi Kanda, Dr. Jerry Young and Dr. Per Brevig. He has attended music clinics such as the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Bar Harbor Brass Week, and the Aspen Music Festival for two summers. He is excited to be joining the trombone studio at Northwestern.

Mitchell Nissen, Bass Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Australia

Australian Bass trombonist, Mitchell Nissen, is an Honours graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Scott Kinmont and Christopher Harris. Mitchell also holds a graduate certificate in Orchestral Performance from the University of Tasmania. Mitchell was a recipient of the Balmain Sinfonia prize for Winds in 2009, and in September 2012 was awarded the BBM ltd. (Big Brother Movement) scholarship to fund a period of study in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Mitchell has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, where he performed Strauss' Alpine Symphony under the baton of Australian conductor, Simone Young. He is currently (2013) a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia program.

Mitchell has performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and is a casual with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has recently performed under the baton of John Adams, Richard Gill and Benjamin Northey.

Mitchell has been engaged to play on several film and video game sound tracks by Eminence Symphony orchestra and Clicktrack Music. In addition to his commercial and orchestral work Mitchell is also a member of the Divergence Jazz Orchestra which specialises in contemporary Australian composition and has performed in numerous premiers of works commissioned by Sydney Symphony Principal Tuba Steve Rossé.

When he is not playing trombone Mitchell enjoys good coffee, fine beers and travelling.

Carson King-Fournier, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Minnesota

Canadian trombonist Carson King-Fournier graduated from the Juilliard School in 2013, and will continue his education in graduate studies at Northwestern University. An avid freelancer, he has performed with a variety of ensembles in New York and Minnesota including the West Point Military Band, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. Carson also has participated in many summer music festivals including the Colorado College Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival near São Paulo, Brazil.

At Juilliard, Carson has performed as principal trombone, bass trumpet, tenor tuba (euphonium), and bass trombone in the Juilliard Orchestra, under conductors including Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, and Leonard Slatkin. He also has performed with Juilliard 415 on sackbut under Jordi Savall, and with the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra on bass trombone under Steve Turre and Ben Wolfe. As an educator, Carson held a teaching fellowship in Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program from 2011 until 2013, and has taught privately for six years. His students are have gone on to study music at institutions such as the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and Juilliard Pre-College.

In 2011, he placed 5th in the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition, and in 2013 he was selected as a finalist for the International Trombone Association Robert Marsteller Competition. His previous teachers include Dr. John Tranter, Joseph Alessi, Dr. Denson Paul Pollard, and John Rojak.

While not playing trombone, Carson enjoys staying active by running and cycling, and also by playing soccer, Frisbee golf, and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys watching hockey and F1 racing. Carson is also an automotive enthusiast, and enjoys attending (and sometimes entering) car shows. 

Robin Schulze, Bass Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

California

"My name is Robin Schulze and I am amazing." 

Paul Niedbalski, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Nebraska

Paul comes to Northwestern from the great state of Nebraska. He earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he studied with Michael Forbes and Seth Fletcher. Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Paul spent two years teaching and gigging throughout Nebraska and in Iowa.


Outside of music, Paul enjoys reading, writing, crossword puzzles, golf, football and Wikipedia. He aspires to be referred to as THE Paul Niedbalski, or simply The Doctor.

Adam Bell, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Ohio

Adam hails from Bryan Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University, where he studied trombone with Garth Simmons and graduated in 2012 with a degree in performance. Aside from the trombone, Adam also enjoys playing accordion and has won several national competitions in his division and was involved with a Grammy nominated recording with the instrument, studying with the late Lana Gore, professor of accordion/bayan at Wayne State University. Adam is excited to be living in Chicago and to be a part of the NU trombone studio. Though he loves the trombone, Adam actually wishes to become a world-renowned vibraslap artist.

It should also be noted that Adam owns an authentic lederhosen and refuses to wear it, unless properly bribed, of course.

Orin Larson, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Minnesota

Orin Larson was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota where he became serious about music when he joined the Minnesota Youth Symphonies.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Minnesota in 2012 studying with Professor Tom Ashworth.  Some of Orin’s other key influences on the trombone come from Kari Sundstrom and Doug Wright of the Minnesota Orchestra.  He picked up playing golf through working at a local golf club in the summers and tries to get out and play as often as possible.  Orin was an avid baseball player in high school and can't wait for the NU Sliders! 

Joseph Peterson, Tenor Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Washington

Hailed as “brilliantly stylish” by the New York Times and for having “idiomatically executed” at the BBC Proms by the London Evening Standard, Joseph Peterson is currently a masters student at Northwestern University where his teachers include Michael Mulcahy, Randy Hawes, Doug Wright, Tim Higgins  and Chris Davis. Starting this year he is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Joseph received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where his teacher was Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic. He has been a member of the Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center. A native of Bothell, Washington, Joseph’s teachers growing up were Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, Chris Olka, Hamod Ebu-Eid and Pete Ellefson. He has performed with the Seattle Opera along with being a soloist with the Seattle Symphony performing Ferdinand David’s Concertino. Joseph has also been involved in several teaching engagements including being an Ear Training Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Mary Anthony Cox and has been a guest trombone instructor at the NEOJIBA Youth Orchestra in Salvador, Brazil. Some of the distinguished conductors that Joseph has played under include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Joseph enjoys reading about different cultures, searching for new restaurants, shuffling cards and following various sports, especially Football, Basketball, Soccer and Golf. His favorite team is the Seattle Seahawks.

Christian Lopez, Bass Trombone

Master of Music Candidate

Arizona

A native of Arizona, Christian Lopez is currently attending graduate school at Northwestern University. During his time in Arizona, Christian Lopez found success as a well-rounded bass trombonist, and his bass trombone playing can be heard professional recordings by the Latin-Indie sensation Calexico, soundtracks scored by L.A. film composer Brian Ralston, on tour with Google Play: Best of Latin Music 2012 artist Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, or even on Christian’s latest CD, Photo Booth Time Machine. In his free time, Christian heads up a trailblazing music ensemble with his brother, Salvador Lopez. Known as the LoBros, Christian and Salvador combine their love of trombone playing with classical music, hot latin dance rhythms, and funky grooves. Check them out on their website, www.thelobros.com!

Hana Beloglavec, Tenor Trombone

Doctor of Music Candidate

Michigan

International award-winning trombonist Hana Beloglavec has competed successfully in several solo competitions. Her most recent accomplishment includes winning the International Women’s Brass Conference’s 2012 Division II Solo Competition, and in 2010 she won the International Trombone Association’s (ITA) Larry Wiehe Arthur Pryor Solo Competition. In 2009, she won the US Army Band’s Division II National Solo Competition.

As a chamber musician, she has found success in her trombone quartet, The Handsome Dan’s, which won the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Trombone Quartet Competition and performed a quartet recital at the workshop. They also won the 2012 Yale University School of Music’s Concerto Competition with Jan Koetsier’s trombone quartet ‘Concertino,’ performing the piece with the Yale Philharmonia in 2013.

Hana has participated in numerous new music workshops and performances, including the 2013 Carnegie Hall John Adams and David Robertson 21st-Century American Contemporary Ensemble, the 2013 Norfolk New Music Workshop, as well as several contemporary performances as part of the New Music New Haven program at Yale.

She completed her previous degrees at Yale University (MM) and Western Michigan University (BM), where she studied with Professor Scott Hartman and Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, respectively.

In her free time, Hana enjoys cooking delicious meals, playing soccer, and sleeping.

 
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