Jay Cook has recently been appointed Visiting Trombone Professor at the University of Central Arkansas for upcoming school year. Jay is near completion of his doctoral studies at UNT after receiving a BM and MM degree from the Northern Arizona University. He has also maintained a teaching studio in the Flower Mound, TX schools as well as serving as adjunct trombone professor at Tarleton State University. He studies with David Vining at NAU and with Tony Baker and Vern Kagarice at UNT.
The following trombonists have indicated their intention to join the UNT studio. Welcome y'all!
|Mark Davidson, 2006 UNT graduate, recently won the 2nd trombone audition with the Utah Symphony. He is currently a member of the San Antionio Symphony, and has held interim positions with both the Cincinnati Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. During his UNT tenure, he studied trombone with Jan Kagarice and Tony Baker. He then moved to the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Joe Alessi.|
Congratulations to Mark on his latest accomplishment. There will no doubt be more in the future.
Jenny Kellogg, MM Jazz Studies trombonist, has just been appointed to the faculty of Eastern Washington University as trombone professor and director of the EWU jazz program. She is currently completing her MM jazz degree as a student of Steve Wiest, Jan Kagarice, and arranger Richard DeRosa. For the past two years she has held the solo jazz chair of the One O'Clock Lab Band.
She will be missed here at UNT, but we are happy for her accomplishment.
Sophomore Eric Anderson and junior Scott Avant have both been named as finalists in the Larry Wiehe Trombone Competition. The final round of competition will occur in late June at the International Trombone Festival in Columbus, GA. Congratulations to Eric and Scott for their accomplishment.
In addition, Julie Gray was once again named as an alternate in the ITA Alto Trombone Competition, and sophomore Matt Corrigan received Honorable Mention in the Carl Fontana Jazz Trombone Competition.
Ben Polk, MM and Artist Diploma student at UNT, was recently named the winner of the bass trombone position with the USAF Airmen of Note.
Ben is an outstanding player and most deserving of this unique opportunity. While at UNT he performed with all the premiere ensembles, and served as a graduate teaching fellow with distinction. He was a member of the UNT Trombone Quartet that won the 2007 International Trombone Quartet Competition.
Most recently, Ben has been serving as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University.
Chris Reaves has emerged as the winner of the latest U.S. Marine Band (The President's Own) in Washington, DC and will begin his service in November. Ninety-one players auditioned for this prestigious position.
Chris, a Colorado Springs native, is currently an graduate Artist Certificate student and teaching fellow at UNT. He also holds a bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His primary teacher is Jan Kagarice, with support from Tony Baker and Vern Kagarice.
Chris Reaves: Newest Member of the Marine Band
The music for the August 27-28th 2012 audition is now available at www.music.unt.edu/windstudies and will soon be posted on this site as well. Remember, there is a mandatory meeting August 26th at 7 pm in Voertman Hall for all trombone students. If you are having trouble accessing the music please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!