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Trombone Choir

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  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017
  • Time:
    8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Event Description

The late Emory Remington founded the Eastman Trombone Choir at the Eastman School of Music in 1941. Its current Director is Professor Larry Zalkind.

Emory Remington, professor of trombone for nearly fifty years at the Eastman School, established the concept of the present day Trombone Choir as a pedagogical extension of the private trombone class to include a musical ensemble experience. This concept has been imitated throughout most colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

Remington’s successor, Professor Donald Knaub, directed the Choir from 1972 to 1977, and expanded the scope of the Choir to include more contemporary music and concert activities.

Professor John R. Marcellus, who directed the ensemble from 1978 to 2014, continued this tradition. Under his leadership, the Choir went on its first tour of Germany and Holland in 2000, performing at the International Trombone Festival in Utrecht. The Choir also appeared at the International Trombone Festivals in Nashville in 1979 and 1987. In 2001, the Choir was the winner of the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition.

In 1991, the Choir performed at the International Trombone Workshop, which was held at the Eastman School to celebrate the centennial of Emory Remington. Other appearances include many Eastern Trombone Workshops and New York Brass Conferences, Western Mass Trombone Workshop, Montreal Low Brass Workshop, National MENC, and NYSSMA conventions in Buffalo and Rochester.

Other local concerts and performances have been with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society, Hochstein School of Music, and churches throughout the Rochester area. For many years the choir was a feature of the Rochester Bach Festival. The Choir has also recorded for Mark Records, Stolat Records, and for Williams Music.

The sound of the Eastman Trombone Choir has been described as “majestic,” “noble,” “brilliant,” “soothing,” and “exciting.”

Larry Zalkind and Mark Kellogg, Co-Directors


This event is free and open to the public.


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