Low Brass Class
This is a weekly class for the low brass students that has been going on at the school since I began teaching there in 1985. We concentrate mainly on orchestral repertoire, using actual orchestral parts involving a rotating low brass section each time we meet. Other classes concentrate on trombone quartets and ensembles, trombone choir, mock auditions, and solo repertoire. During my professorship, I have seen many of the students go on and win positions with many of the leading orchestras around the world including the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchesrta, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Saint Louis Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The San Antonio Symphony, The Jacksonville Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Honolulu Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Zurich Opera, Vancouver Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmoniie, Malaysia Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and The New York Philharmonic.
Juilliard Trombone Choir
Under the direction of Joseph Alessi, The Juilliard Trombone Choir is a two time winner of the International Trombone Choir Competition. The choir was founded by Joseph Alessi in the early 1990's and is made up of undergraduate and graduate classical trombone majors from The Juilliard School. The Juilliard Trombone Choir performs for the annual Juilliard School faculty meeting, at the West Point Military Academy for the past 8 years, and in the lobby of David Geffen Hall before the New York Philharmonic Holiday Brass Concert. In addition, they have performed the National Anthem for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Members of the Juilliard Trombone Choir have gone on to play with such orchestras as The Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Philadelphia Orchesrta, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The Sarasota Orchestra, The Saint Louis Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The San Antonio Symphony, The Jacksonville Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, Honolulu Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Deutsche Opera, Zurich Opera Orchestra, Frankfurt Oper, Seattle Symphony, and The New York Philharmonic.
Audition information for The Juilliard School Trombone Department
Major and Minor Scales
Example: F harmonic minor scale 2 octaves all legato starting on low f
Two etudes showing the applicant's level of technical and musical achievement
Example: David, Concertino
At least one major solo of the applicant's choice
Example: Casterede, Sonatina mvt. 2
A representative number of orchestral excerpts
Example: Orchestral excerpts-Mozart requiem-Tuba Mirum, Ravel-Bolero, Wagner-Ride of the Valkyries, Berlioz-Hungarian March, Rossini-William Tell
Applicants for graduate programs must also perform a concerto from the standard repertoire