Trombone Fest

BIG UPDATE: The CSU Trombone Fest with Jim Nova will now hold the daytime events on MONDAY, APRIL 10 (moved from April 11). As it turns out, April 11 is SAT testing for a majority of high school students in Colo. We want all the high school folks to be able to attend Jim Nova's master class, his overdubbing clinic, the mass ensemble rehearsal, the Shires exhibit, Dr. Van Hof's recital, and the high school master class with Dr. Van Hof. Since our guest's travel schedule allows for it, we are moving the daytime activities outlined above to Monday, April 10. The evening concert will still be held on Tuesday, April 11 (due to concert hall scheduling). Monday's participants are welcome to return on Tuesday and play in the mass ensemble during the concert.

“A Night at the Movies”

anightatthemoviesfinalThe 2017 Trombone Fest at CSU Features James Nova from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and an exciting theme!

Join our special guest James Nova; Chris Van Hof, assistant professor of trombone at Colorado State University; the CSU TRAMbone Choir; and S.E. Shires Custom Brass Instruments for a full schedule of trombone activities including a master class, clinic, High School ensemble, recitals, a concert, and more.


2017 Schedule

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

7:30 a.m.: Registration
8:30 a.m.: Group Warm-up session (Van Hof)
9:30 a.m.: High School participant master class (Van Hof)
10:45 a.m.: Snack Break
11 a.m.: Overdubbing clinic (Nova)
Noon: lunch/S. E. Shires trombones instrument try-outs
1 p.m.: Chris Van Hof Recital
2 p.m.: High School participant ensemble rehearsal (Nova/Van Hof)
2:30 p.m.: College student master class (Nova)
3:30 p.m.: S.E. Shires trombones showcase and instrument try-outs
4:30 p.m.: Full “Fest Ensemble” rehearsal of “Star Wars” (Nova/Van Hof)

6:30 p.m.: Sound check for evening concert
7:30 pa.m.: “A Night at the Movies” featuring James Nova: soloist and arranger, the CSU TRAMbone Choir, and the Trombone Fest Ensemble

Guest Artist

Jim NovaJim Nova attended the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he received his Bachelor’s Degree; he then pursued a Master’s Degree on a full scholarship at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to his college education, Mr. Nova attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and was also a member of the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra for three summers.

In 2012, Mr. Nova made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has found a new passion exploring multitrack recording (also known as “overdubbing”). These employ a number of trombones: contrabass, bass, tenor, small tenor, alto and even soprano trombones, all performed by Jim himself! Click here to listen.

Jim Nova is an SE Shires Artist and performs on Greg Black Mouthpieces. Read more.


Master Classes and Clinics: Monday, April 10, 2017

Trombone Fest Concert, Featuring James Nova, CSU TRAMbone Choir, and Trombone Fest Paricipants: Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Griffin Concert Hall