Trombone & Euphonium
About the Area:
At the Fredonia's School of Music, trombone and euphonium majors work individually, in small groups, and together under the guidance of these studio instructors:
- Barry Kilpatrick has taught at The State University of New York at Fredonia since 1979. Former principal trombonist of the WNY Chamber Orchestra and Erie Philharmonic (1988-2008), he has also recorded the critically acclaimed American Music for Euphonium.
- Jonathan Lombardo, a member of the faculty since 2017, has been principal trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic since 2005. He earned his degree at Juilliard, where he was a student of Joseph Alessi and Per Brevig. He is also a member of the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp each summer.
Lessons are tailored to the individual student's needs, with attention given to healthy tone production, mastery of technical skills, increasing the knowledge of repertoire, and establishing a record of successful performances.
Our graduates have gone on to graduate school at major universities and music schools, are playing in orchestras and in pit orchestras on Broadway, and hold teaching positions in schools throughout the northeast region.
All trombone & euphonium majors participate in Recital Seminar, a weekly class that alternates between “Brass Area Recital” (where all trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba majors meet together) and “Studio Recital” (where trombone and euphonium majors meet with the three studio instructors). This requirement gives music majors many opportunities to perform – in a supportive environment – several times each semester, and to benefit from feedback from both teachers.
All trombone & euphonium majors play in quartets or trios – rehearsing independently, receiving faculty coaching, and performing in Recital Seminar.
Trombonists have the opportunity to join their peers in weekly rehearsals and occasional performances by the Fredonia Trombone Choir, led by Mr. Jonathan Lombardo.