Our Trombone Faculty
Trombonist Peter Ellefson grew up in southern Oregon and now holds the rank of Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National and Oregon Symphonies, among many others. From 1992-2002, he was a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, where he made dozens of recordings, playing trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet. Prof. Ellefson served as principal trombone for many cycles of Seattle Opera’s renowned productions of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Also during his time in Seattle, he recorded music for over 100 motion picture, IMAX, TV and video game soundtracks, working with such composers as Elmer Bernstein, Bill Conti, Michael Giacchino, James Newton Howard, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris. He has also backed entertainers as diverse as Linda Ronstadt (as lead trombone in the Nelson Riddle Orchestra), Burt Bacharach, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ray Charles, James Taylor, Manhattan Transfer and YES.
Prof. Ellefson has given concerto performances of works by Bloch, Bourgeois, Deemer, Dorsey, Grøndahl, Guilmant, Kazik, Larsson, Mackey, Maslanka, Pryor, Pugh, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rouse, Serocki and Tomasi. Additionally, composers Anthony Barfield, James Stephenson and Kevin Walczyk have written concertos for him. Chamber music credits include the Canadian Brass, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, Chicago Trombone Consort, Chicago Brass Quintet, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Proteus 7, Trombones de Costa Rica and the newly formed trombone quartet “4.” Prof. Ellefson has taught at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, the University of Costa Rica and the Music Academy of the West. He is a contributing author to “The Brass Player’s Cookbook” and has had articles published in the Journal of the International Trombone Association. His solo CD, “Pura Vida” was released in 2010 and his Internet home can be found at www.peterellefson.com.
Carl Lenthe served as the principal trombonist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (1977-1994) and the Bamberg Symphony (1994-1998). He has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and others.
He received first prize with distinction at the international music competition "Prague Spring." Mr. Lenthe has appeared as a soloist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, and the Bamberg Symphony and is an active performer on alto, tenor, and bass trombone; euphonium; and bass trumpet.
Mr. Lenthe's chamber music activities include tours and recordings with Summit Brass and arranging, publishing, and performing of various brass chamber and solo literature. His most recent CD is titled The Audition Window (Summit Records DCD 354).
M. Dee Stewart was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years. He previously taught at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has given master classes worldwide, including the annual College Audition Preparation Workshop at Indiana University. Mr. Stewart has given recitals on alto, tenor, and bass trombones, euphonium, and bass trumpet.
Mr. Stewart developed and directed the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, San Francisco, and Saint Louis Symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, and Summit Brass. Mr. Stewart's recordings include Stewart Sounds, Trombones Under the Tree with Joseph Alessi, Mark Lawrence, and Carl Lenthe; and Grammy Award-winning recordings with the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble. Three recent releases are Pictures at an Exhibition and Don Quixote (IU MarketPlace) and Dee Plus (www.StewartSounds.com).
Mr. Stewart's students hold major positions as performers and pedagogues. He has written articles published by ITA, T.U.B.A., and Online Trombone Journal. His books include Arnold Jacobs: Legacy of a Master and Philip Farkas: Legacy of a Master. Mr. Stewart invented the Stewart Stand for euphonium and tuba.
Mr. Stewart served as a Co-Organizer of the Second International Brass Conference. His awards include Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award of 1991, Indiana University School of Music Teaching Excellence Recognition Award 1998, and the 1998 Neill Humfeld Award for Teaching Excellence from the International Trombone Association.
Maintaining an active performance schedule, Stewart has two new solo CDs due for release in the near future. They are Concert Piece and Quartets of David Baker and Duo Tromboni "Con Amore" with Fabio Sampo.