The current 24 members of the Northwestern Trombone Studio hail from around the world. 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!
James Seymour a Columbus, OH native, is incredibly excited to be a freshman trombone performance major at Northwestern University. James primarily studied with Jessica Sneeringer and Tim Anderson. He has performed with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Central Ohio Brass Band, the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the Ohio All State Band. He has taken part in several competitions, most notably the North American Brass Band Association Low Brass Technical Solo competition in 2014, placing second in the adult division. His non-musical interests include cycling, somewhat obsessively following both college and NFL football, and watching as much British television as he can.
Nick Kemp, Tenor Trombone
Nick Kemp is a tenor trombonist completing his second year at Northwestern University, where he studies with Michael Mulcahy, Timothy Higgins, Doug Wright, Randall Hawes, and Christopher Davis. A native of Northern Virginia, Nick studied with National Symphony trombonist Barry Hearn in high school. Other teachers significant to his development include Toby Oft, Mark Lusk, and Bruce Docherty. Nick is active as a freelancer in the greater Chicago area, performing engagements with diverse ensembles such as the Bill Porter Big Band and the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, the latter of which included performances of Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem at Symphony Center in Chicago under Maestro Jay Friedman. Recent summer engagements have included orchestral experience with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra of Interlochen and the BUTI Young Artists' Orchestra, as well as individual study with Toby Oft and Nitzan Haroz.
His non-trombone interests include Washington Nationals baseball, literature, cinema, page-turning, and running.
Lena Piazza-Leman, Tenor Trombone
Lena Piazza-Leman comes to the studio from Kansas City, MO. Lena is
ecstatic to be completing her second year at Northwestern, where she has
performed with Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, active chamber groups
with formal recital and community engagement initiatives, and soloing
with a small Jazz Ensemble performing a concert of Cachao. In addition
to the excellent faculty at NU, Lena’s influential teachers include Tom
Riccobono, Toby Oft, Drew Leslie, Don Lucas, and G. Murray Oliver. Lena
graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2013, having performed
with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz
Ensemble, and in active chamber groups. Highlights of her performances
while at Interlochen include performing with the IAA Orchestra and Jazz
Ensemble on Interlochen's 50th Anniversary tours to Grand Rapids,
Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, and Los
Angeles as well as performing in the pit orchestra for local musicals,
on the Interlochen Public Radio with the Take Four Trombone Quartet, and
in solo recitals.
In the summer of 2014, Lena was invited to participate in the rigorous Eastern Music Festival where she performed with the EMF Orchestras as well as in chamber and outreach concerts. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she performed with the Boston University's Tanglewood Institute Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as on solo recitals and as a member of the iBrass Brass Quintet and the Fourth Movement Brass Quartet on venues including Tanglewood on Parade and community outreach concerts. She was also selected to perform the Tuba Mirum solo in Mozart’s Requiem with the BUTI Orchestra and professional vocal soloists. During her time at Tanglewood, Lena was coached by the members of the Axiom Brass Quintet, Don Lucas, and David Krauss.
When she’s not bonding with her trombone, Lena can be found writing poetry, working on a creative project, being a selfie-master, jogging, practicing her Australian accent, or going on an adventure.
Michael Cox, Tenor Trombone
i'm a lamp
Joe Dubas, Tenor Trombone
Joe Dubas is from Northern VA. He 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 solo competition. In addition, Joe has been selected to participate in the Bar Harbor Brass Week. Joe is now very fortunate to be studying with the fantastic faculty at Northwestern.
Joe likes other stuff too. He plays club Ultimate Frisbee, and also enjoys soccer, tennis, and football. His other hobbies include cooking, film, and "you know, just living life one day at a time."
Tommy Holmes, Bass Trombone
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.
Actually Tommy is a junior at Northwestern University from the east bay area of California pursuing a five-year double degree program in Electrical Engineering and Bass Trombone, and a Certificate in Design from the Segal Design Institute. Over the course of his trombonistic career, Tommy has taken lesson(s) with Tommy Davidson, Van Hughes, Dave Ridge, Tim Higgins, John Engelkes, Joseph Alessi, Randall Hawes, Michael Mulcahy, Peter Ellefson, Christopher Davis, and Douglas Wright. In his free time, Tommy dabbles in arrangement/composition, billiards, piano, ultimate frisbee, ukulele, YouTube, and standup comedy. Tommy is also a brother of the Iota Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity at Northwestern. OAS, AAS, LLS!
Cameron Kerl, Tenor Trombone
Sam Patchett, Bass Trombone
"Born on a mountain, raised in a cave - playing trombone is all I crave."
Michael Shayte, Tenor Trombone
Some say that he can’t eat mashed potato for religious reasons, and that he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face. All we know is, he’s called Michael Shayte.
Sam Stewart, Bass Trombone
Sam is a transfer student from Portland State University. Go Vikings!
A native San Diegan, Rachel Trumbore is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone Performance with a Minor in Music Theory. Besides the Northwestern trombone faculty, Rachel's influential teachers include Peter Ellefson, Kyle Covington, Toby Oft, and Sean Reusch. At Northwestern, Rachel is enjoying performing in various ensembles such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Choir, and the Sine Nomine Trombone Quartet. Rachel has performed in master classes for musicians including Toby Oft, Jesper Juul, Gene Pokorny, Jeffrey Reynolds, and Timothy Smith. Professionally, Rachel has performed in San Diego in the pit orchestra for Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady and as a substitute with the San Diego Symphony.
Rachel has enjoyed being involved in community outreach with The People’s Music School of Chicago, the Mather Pavilion in Evanston, and the First United Methodist Church in Evanston giving educational performances with her trombone quartet for children and senior citizens respectively. Outside of classical trombone, Rachel is interested in pursuing the sackbut in hopes of someday being in an early music consortium. Rachel’s other interests include cooking, backpacking, looking at the sky, and reading.
Carl Maragos, Tenor Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
Carl Maragos is originally a native of Morton, IL, a town that has won undying international fame and respect through its self-proclaimed title as “the pumpkin capital of the world”. Deciding to remain in Illinois, Carl received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Professor Elliot Chasanov. Carl has performed with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia da Camera, and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. In 2014, Carl was chosen as a finalist for the Krannert Debut Artist Competition, and appeared as a soloist with the University of Illinois Trombone Choir. His hobbies include reading, watching "Game of Thrones", running, playing Euphonium, and teaching. He is very excited to join the Northwestern Trombone Studio in the Fall of 2014.
Scott Nguyen, Bass Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
Scott Nguyen has frequently performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which includes an appearance at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival during the summer of 2013. He has also collaborated with the multi-Grammy-winning contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird. In the summer of 2013, Scott was a member of the Music in the Mountains Classical Music Festival Orchestra, located in Durango, CO. During this past summer, Scott was a member of the 2014 National Repertory Orchestra, performing in Breckenridge, CO. He has earned international honors which include Honorable Mention in the International Trombone Association Edward Kleinhammer Bass Trombone Competition and was a finalist in the ITA George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition. He is also an alumnus of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artists Orchestra. Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with John Kitzman, and was awarded the Norman L. Jacobs Memorial Award. Additionally, he will be starting substitute work with the New World Symphony this fall. Scott is thrilled to be joining the Northwestern Trombone Studio and adapting to a completely new environment!
Grant Reed, Tenor Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
Grant is a graduate student who went to the Eastman School of Music for his undergrad. In 1921, the Eastman School of Music was established by George Eastman, who was one of the outstanding philanthropists of his time.
Joseph Aumann, Tenor Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
native of Hartford, WI, Joe is a recent alumnus of the University of
Wisconsin - Eau Claire where he studied with Dr. Phillip Ostrander, Dr.
Jerry Young and Dr. John Tranter. He has also studied with Megumi Kanda
and Kirk Ferguson of the Milwaukee Symphony, Carl Lenthe and Dr. Per
Brevig. He has enjoyed attending the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the
Bar Harbor Brass Week, and the Aspen Music Festival in 2011 and 2012,
where he was a recipient of the American Academy of Conducting
Orchestral Trombone Fellowship.
Carson King-Fournier, Tenor Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
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.
Mitchell Nissen, Bass TromboneMaster of Music Candidate
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.
Before moving to the United States he was previously a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia orchestral training program and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
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 was 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.
Mitchell was a finalist in the 2014 International trombone festival orchestral bass trombone competition in Rochester New York and was a fellow at the 25th annual Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan where he worked with Stefan Shulz and Paul Pollard.
Despite his recent move to Evanston, Illinois Mitchell was invited to be a member of the Inaugural project by the newly formed "Sydney Bruckner Orchestra" in July 2014.
When he is not playing trombone Mitchell enjoys good coffee, fine beers and the commute between Chicago and Sydney.
Andrew Palmer, Bass Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
Andrew is a graduate student who previously attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and Virginia Tech. Andrew is from Virginia, a state that has produced eight United States Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
Gabe Roberson, Bass Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
Gabe went to LSU for undergrad. LSU is one of only a handful of universities in the nation having land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.
Robin Schulze, Bass Trombone
Master of Music Candidate
"My name is Robin Schulze and I am amazing."
Luis Fred, Tenor Trombone
Doctor of Music Candidate
Luis Fred currently serves as principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, and is professor of trombone and chamber music at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Previous to thess appointments, he was co-principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in Spain. In the United States, he was the tenor trombonist with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts. He has had the opportunity to work with music directors of internationally renowned orchestras such as: Esa-Pekka Salonen - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach - Houston Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Mr. Fred has performed as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico on subscription programs and also in pops- outreach concerts. He has on several occasions performed as a chamber musician or co-produced concerts for the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico. Among his credits with the Casals; a joint concert with members of the New York Philharmonic Brass (2003), works of Igor Stravinsky (2007), and Metales del Festival Casals (2011), an all brass concert in which Derek Bourgeois Osteoblast was premiered in Puerto Rico. On the summer of 2014, Mr. Fred did concerts and went on tour with Trombones de Costa Rica. As part of this tour, he performed Vinizio Meza’s Concierto para Cuatro Trombones with the Santa Fe Provincial Band.
He has given master classes at Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Texas-Austin, Texas State University-San Marco, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University-Fort Worth. Outside of the mainland United States he has taught at Trombonanza-Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival (United Kingdom). As a professor of trombone at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, he has been a promoter of major initiatives that have provided the impetus for the formation of a new generation of young musicians. Players of major symphony orchestras and professors of universities in the United States have frequently done master classes or artistic residencies. In 2002 he founded the Seminario Song and Wind, an innovative summer camp aimed towards high school students and teachers. Musicians from: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Panama, have participated in such seminars.
Luis F. Fred is a graduate of the Free School of Music in San Juan where he studied with Antonio Salcedo. He studied his Bachelor of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Keith Brown and Edwin Anderson. He is a Performer's Certificate recipient from Indiana. His graduate work was done at Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program, where he studied with David Finlayson (New York Philharmonic). He is a recipient of the John C. Clark award as outstanding brass student at MSM. Having completed his graduate work, Mr. Fred did extensive work with Steve Norrell, (MET Opera) on Song and Wind. He has done additional studies with: Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), and Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Mr. Fred is currently on sabbatical leave from both the Puerto Rico Symphony and Conservatory to pursue doctoral work at Northwestern University.
Hana Beloglavec, Tenor Trombone
Doctor of Music Candidate
International award-winning trombonist Hana Beloglavec has competed successfully in several solo competitions. Her most recent accomplishment includes winning the 2014 Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship. In 2012 she won 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.
As a chamber musician, she has found success in her trombone quartet at Northestern, the Lakeside Quartet, which competed in the finals of the 2014 International Trombone Quartet Competition. The Handsome Dan’s, her trombone quartet from Yale University, won the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop’s Trombone Quartet Competition and performed a quartet recital at the workshop as well as the 2013 Yale Woolsey Concerto Competition.
Since beginning her DMA at Northwestern, Hana has performed as a substitute trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago based early-music ensemble Music of the Baroque. In the summer of 2014, she performed as a member of the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria.
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, running, making ice cream, and sleeping.