Eastman Summer Trombone Institute

Application deadline now extended to June 1, 2023!

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Eastman Summer Trombone Institute

Celebrating 18 years!

July 30-August 5, 2023 / Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., plus Saturday morning and some evenings
Room: EEW 415

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

This year, we celebrate the 18th installment of the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute! Our institute is an intensive, informative, and supportive environment for players who wish to challenge themselves to be the most complete trombonist and musician possible. This workshop is designed for high school, college, and graduate level players, and for music educators wishing to further their skill set.

Your daily experience will include:

  • Faculty-led warm-up classes
  • Masterclasses
  • Trombone Choir
  • Opportunity to be coached by and perform with our faculty pianist

Special-topic discussions to include:

  • Recital/Audition Preparation
  • Improvisation
  • Orchestral Playing
  • Doubling on Low Brass Instruments

This institute is designed as a residential program; participants age 14 and older may reserve on-campus housing and meals at the Eastman Student Living Center. The housing cost includes three meals per day. Students must be 14 by the first day of the program in order to stay in the Student Living Center; students under age 14 may not stay on campus and will need to make alternate housing arrangements. Note that housing space is limited this year; please reserve early once you have confirmed you will attend. For information about on-campus housing and a list of resources for those staying off-campus, click here.

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

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Faculty Concert, Sunday, July 30 at 7 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Last scheduled activity: Trombone Choir Concert, Saturday, August 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall

Professional Development Hours: 40
$875 / noncredit (institute tuition only)
$1,415 / tuition with housing and meals

“Exceeded my expectations! This experience has refreshed my perspective on trombone playing and becoming a musician.” — 2022 Trombone Institute participant



  • A current copy of your music résumé (please include two references)
  • 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.
    • Applicants are encouraged to present repertoire by composers who have been traditionally underrepresented by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, or cultural heritage.
      Search composers using the following database links:
      Anna’s Composer Database: https://annascomposerdatabase.com
      Institute for Composer Diversity: https://www.composerdiversity.com/
      or resources available here: https://libguides.esm.rochester.edu/c.php?g=1057653&p=7705809

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form. Please send your résumé, short biography, and recordings by June 1, 2023 (new deadline).

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
  • Videos should be uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted or public videos suggested; private videos 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 workshop. Auditions will be reviewed as they are received.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé, short biography, and recordings by June 1, 2023.

Click HERE to submit an audition
Once admitted, click HERE to register

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