The UT Trombone Studio has established a strong tradition by consistently winning prizes in international, national, and local solo competitions. Over the years, members of the UT Trombone Studio have performed for visiting dignitaries, several Texas governors, and a US president. Upon graduation, our students secure important posts in performing organizations and educational institutions.
The group has maintained a consistent pattern of excellence, winning 2023, 2007, and 2002 Remington International Trombone Choir Competitions and being selected as runner-up in the 2019, 2017, and 2015 international events. Additionally, UT Trombone Choir members were named winners of the 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019 American Trombone Workshop national solo competitions; the 2015 American Trombone Quartet Competition; 2013, and 2012 International Trombone Quartet Competitions; and were featured at the 2009, 2006, and 2002 American Trombone Workshop in Washington DC. They also presented a showcase performance at the Kennedy Center in the US capital in March of 2006, one of the first trombone choirs to be so honored. The Choir conducted a three-city tour of Brazil during the summer of 2004, performing and presenting masterclasses at universities in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Federal University) and Sao Paulo (Santa Marcelina University) in route to a showcase concert at the Brazilian Trombone Festival at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Porto Alegre. Trip highlights included a performance and interview on South America's most popular TV talk show, "Programa do Jo," and a standing-room-only performance for nearly 2,000 attendees in Rio's oldest and most important cathedral, Igreja da Candelaria. The recording industry submitted their CD, Christmas with the UT Trombone Choir, for consideration for Grammy nomination.
Nathaniel Brickens has directed the ensemble since August 2000. Please visit the group's website for additional details: https://music.utexas.edu/ensembles/trombone-choir.