Dr. Erik Shinn

Erik Shinn is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he earned the Doctor of Music degree in Trombone Performance and was appointed Adjunct Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Florida for the 2015-16 academic year.  An active trombonist in the Southeast United States, Erik has worked with middle school, high school, and university students across the region and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and with orchestras throughout North and Central Florida.  Erik's research interests are centered on literature including a recent lecture recital on cross-over repertoire for bass trombone and treatise An Annotated Bibliography of Works for Solo Bass Trombone and Wind Band.

Erik holds Bass Trombone positions with The Gainesville Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs as a substitute musician with other orchestras throughout the Florida panhandle.  Erik was invited to perform at the 2015 Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, Missouri.  As a chamber musician Erik was bass trombonist of the Seminole Trombone Quartet for the 2014-15 season, which was named 1st Alternate in the International Trombone Association's Trombone Quartet Competition.

As an arranger Erik has written works for a variety of brass ensembles, specializing in works for trombone choir and mixed low brass.  He has had works performed and commissioned by professional ensembles such as the St. Louis Low Brass Collective, Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, and the Cramer Trombone Choir of the International Trombone Festival as well as collegiate ensembles at Baylor University, The Eastman School of Music, The Florida State University, Henderson State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ithaca College, The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Erik earned a Master of Music from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University.  His primary teachers include John Drew, Brent Phillips, and Mark Lusk with additional instruction from Gerry Pagano, John Kitzman, Lee Rogers and Grant Moore II and Paul Ebbers.  He is a member of the International Trombone Association, College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda the National Music Honor Society.  Erik is also a member of the literature review staff for the International Trombone Association Journal.