Trombone Area


Applicant Info

Information for our trombone and euphonium applicants from the IU Trombone Faculty

Thank you for your interest in Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. As your application process runs it course, this page can offer information and insights into the possibilities and opportunities that a study career at the Jacob School can offer you. Please don't hesitate to ask us about this information or anything else you think we may be able to answer.

Acceptance procedure

Normally, Music Admissions processes your application and audition report within 2-3 weeks of your audition. Given the countless hundreds that must be processed, they do a remarkable job, and are usually able to give information at either (812) 855-7998 or by email at

After Music Admissions has processed your application and sent written notification, the trombone faculty can work closely with you through the further steps of acceptance, studio enrollment, etc.

Studio preference and membership

Many applicants have a definite teacher preference when they apply. Some of these are very informed decisions, the applicants having studied resumes and careers, already taken private lessons with specific faculty members, or worked with them in workshop or festival settings. Others state a preference that is perhaps less emphatic, and they would be happy and willing to study in any of the three studios. Some applicants have no specific preference. Except in very rare cases, all trombone and euphonium majors study in one of the major studios, with weekly lessons being the norm. Wherever possible, we try our best to respect stated teacher preferences. After you have received notification of acceptance to the School of Music, you should contact your preferred teacher and inquire about studio membership.

Ensemble possibilities and requirements, including auditions

Every undergraduate and masters level music major at IU JSoM must be in a major ensemble in each semester of study. Major ensembles include the 4 Symphony Orchestras, 3 Concert Bands, 4 Jazz Bands, and the Modern Music Ensemble. Some players opt to be in two major ensembles if their auditions merit such. Rehearsal schedules are set so that this is possible, although it can make for a heavy load!

Orchestras and Concert Bands:

The trombone faculty holds impartial, "blind" auditions for orchestras and concert bands at the beginning of each semester.  Information on these auditions will be sent to you weeks in advance.

Jazz Bands:

In the fall semester, trombone auditions for jazz bands are held in the first week of classes.  Information for these auditions will be forthcoming from the jazz department.  Auditions for spring semester are held as needed.

New Music Ensemble:

This ensemble's trombone needs vary from semester to semester. Placement in this ensemble is normally made by appointment, through consultation between its director and the trombone faculty, and based upon the candidate's performance in the band/orchestra audition.

None of the above?

It does happen, however rarely, that a trombonist will not place in one of the major instrumental ensembles. Causes for this have included missed auditions, health issues, inadequate performance level, etc. In this case, the student is assigned to choir to fulfill the major ensemble credit. While this happens rarely, it can still be a positive experience, as choral singing is one of the most essential forms of music making, and can help to cultivate a pronounced musicality. Music Education majors specializing in choral/instrumental education are required to sing in choir for at least one semester.

Further playing opportunities:

Small ensemble opportunities include the Trombone Choir and Brass Choir. Quartets, trios, and quintets are often formed by the students themselves and can be used to fulfill chamber music requirements. Many ad hoc opportunities arise on campus, and especially graduate students are often active in the symphony orchestras found in some of Indiana's nearby cities such as Terre Haute, Evansville, Richmond, Columbus, etc. You will never be in a place that offers more playing - and listening - opportunities than the IU SoM in Bloomington!

Master classes

Each Monday evening is a trombone master class, with the three faculty members sharing this responsibility in rotation. These master classes are one of the areas where the cross-nurturing with the other trombone faculty takes place. Most semesters also see a guest artist or two (or more!) giving a master class and sometimes also a recital. Guests in recently past semesters have included: Edward Kleinhammer, Douglas Wright, Blair Bollinger, Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy, Charlie Vernon, Jiggs Whigham, Joseph Alessi, Sam Burtis, and others. Almost every department of the school holds master classes in some form, and our ambitious trombone students have been known to visit - and profit from - cello, voice, jazz, and other master classes.

More information

For more information, please explore our whole website, with its extensions as well as the School of Music website and Indiana University website.

Please contact us with any further questions you may have.

Denson Paul Pollard

Carl Lenthe

Peter Ellefson