PSU at CTS 2018

Back in June, Penn State was represented at the Cleveland Trombone Seminar (CTS) by the largest group of Trombone Studio students (and one tuba) yet along with a group of Penn State alumni. The group included students Wade Judy, Ofer Cohen, Nick Kazmierczak, Chris Bloom (tuba), Britney Bidding, Shawn Holl, Ethan Spencer along with alumni Wesley Thompson, Jamey Morgan, and Ryan Hayward (tuba). 

 

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While at CTS, the students participated in various masterclasses, clinics, reading sessions, individual lessons with professional faculty, and warm-up sessions, along with chamber ensembles and a massed trombone choir directed by Mark Lusk. Apart from the numerous events aimed at becoming a better musician, took part in the "hang." Most often this was everyone going to dinner but also included a Cleveland Indians baseball game as well. Similar to the family atmosphere the trombone studio has on campus, this translates to CTS also and comes to involve other students at CTS. Shachar Israel, director of CTS and trombonist in the Cleveland Orchestra remarks about the positive atmosphere the Penn State studio brings to Cleveland.

Since the inception of the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, members of the Penn State studio have been an integral part of our culture. They bring to CTS a curious musical mind, undoubtedly developed in their time at Penn State, and a nurtured capacity to change and improve. More importantly, they bring along an singular camaraderie, an understanding of team work, and a culture of kindness and support. They absorb all of us into their family each year anew and we’re immensely grateful for it.
— Shachar Israel
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The Cleveland Trombone Seminar began in 2012 and continues to help young musicians grow. You can learn more about CTS and how to participate in it at their website: the Cleveland Trombone Seminar