Eastman Summer Trombone Institute

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Eastman Summer Trombone Institute

August 2-8, 2020 / Sunday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., plus some evenings 
Room:  EEW 415

Mark Kellogg, director                                                                                     
Faculty: Larry Zalkind, Jim Martin, Catie Hickey, Brendan Lanighan, Chris Azzara, and Priscilla Yuen

The Eastman Summer Trombone Institute is an intensive, informative and supportive environment for trombonists who wish to challenge themselves while growing their musical skills and becoming familiar with the many facets of performing and teaching. The expertise of the faculty allows us to cover important topics during the week such as audition preparation, jazz improvisation, orchestral playing, and doubling. The institute is designed for high school, college and graduate level players. Each participant will have the opportunity to play in master classes and trombone choir and have a one-hour lesson with a faculty member during the course of the week. The entire group of participants will also perform a concert as a Trombone Choir, continuing a cherished Eastman tradition that started over 50 years ago.

Every student will also work on designated solo repertoire with piano accompaniment.

A short video audition is required in order to attend (see below for audition requirements). The audition deadline for this institute is now extended to May 1, 2020.

Begins with Faculty Concert on Sunday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall, followed by Orientation meeting in Ray Wright Room (ESM 120).
Chamber Music Night: Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Jazz Night: Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Sproull Atrium, Miller Center
Participant Solo Concert: Friday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in EEW 415
Trombone Choir Concert: Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall


Housing and meals are not included in course tuition. On-campus student housing at the Eastman Student Living Center is available for an additional fee of $84/night, which includes 3 meals daily in the Dining Center. Participants staying off-campus may also purchase individual meals at the Dining Center. Information about housing and area hotels can be found here.

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Faculty concert, Sunday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Last scheduled activity: Trombone Choir concert, Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Professional Development Hours: 40
$720 / noncredit     CRN 20591
$1,730 / 1 credit     CRN 20607

“The program itself was absolutely incredible. The range of different activities, all having one main point, was very good and interesting. The faculty and staff were all very kind, supportive, and helpful.” 
– 2019 participant


  • A current copy of your music résumé
  • Short Biography
    • One or two paragraphs about your solo and ensemble experience, awards, honors, etc.
  • Audition Recording
    • Approximately five minutes of music encompassing two contrasting works. These works can be movements (or excerpts of movements) from solo pieces, etudes, or orchestral excerpts.
    • Please include something lyrical and something a bit more technical.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form.

Audition Video Instructions:

All applicants must submit separate video links for each piece on the audition list.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera facing directly at the applicant (no side-facing videos)
  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted link suggested; public links okay; private links don’t work)

Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application Material Templates:

You may use existing résumés or biographies if you have them; these templates are provided in case you need help putting information together.

Short Biography
Audition Video Links

Please follow this format (or very similar) for your application materials. This will help us get to know you as thoroughly as possible through your application!

There is no fee to audition for this institute. Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé, short biography, and recordings by May 1, 2020 (new deadline).

Click HERE to submit an audition