Northwestern 2016 Summer Trombone Workshop

One Week, Evanston Campus, June 26-July 1, 2016

MTWThF, daytime sessions 10 am-5 pm; Faculty Recital on Sunday, June 26th at 3:00 pm

Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Participant Tuition: $650, Full Program Auditors: $400, Per Day Auditors: $80 (non-credit)

This summer trombone workshop will feature an exhaustive exposure to fundamentals, training for orchestral auditions, master classes focusing on the interpretation of solo literature, and chamber music performance. Michael Mulcahy appears around the globe as a soloist and teacher. He has led Northwestern's trombone studio since 1999 and his students occupy major positions in orchestras worldwide, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic.  A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1989, Mulcahy is also principal trombone with Chicago's Music of the Baroque and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Previously he was principal trombone with Australia's Tasmanian Symphony and Melbourne Symphony and solo trombone with the Cologne Radio Symphony.


Audition requirements

A digital audio recording of selections made in the same location, unaccompanied, with no editing within an individual excerpt. Tenor trombone: Saint Saën’s Cavatine (for high school and undergraduate students only); Martin’s Ballade, beginning to figure 14 (for graduate students and professionals); Mozart’s Requiem, Tuba mirum, 2nd trombone solo; Berlioz’s Hungarian March, 2nd trombone parts (from 6 measures before rehearsal 4 through the 2nd measure of rehearsal 5); Ravel’s Bolero, 1st trombone solo (3rd measure of rehearsal 10 to rehearsal 11); Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries (major only). Bass trombone: Lededev’s Concerto, beginning to end of cadenza (for high school and undergraduate students only); Spillman’s Concerto, beginning to letter H (for graduate students and professionals); Bach’s Cello Suite No.5, Sarabande; Berlioz’s Hungarian March; Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries (2nd major section only).

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application. Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which you are applying. This will ensure that your file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary--do not submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume as well as all audition requirements for the performance offerings. NOTE: No paper applications will be accepted.

Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned.

The deadline for performer applications is April 15, 2016. Auditors are encouraged. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is May 6, 2016.

For more information contact the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 847-491-3141 or

Below are some selections from Professor Mulcahy's Recital at the 2012 Summer Trombone Workshop 

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