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I was so honored to be featured in the Daily Egyptian newspaper for their Faculty Spotlight! Daily Egyptian Article Photo credit: Brian Muñoz | @BrianMMunoz

The Grit of Growth

Have you ever place an avocado pit in a jar of water like I did here? If so, then you know that it takes forever (well, 4 months) for it to grow into the little plant that I now have. My effort was pretty minimal, though. All I did was make sure that that there was enough... Continue Reading →

Better Than Before: The Four Tendencies

One of the main concepts in Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before is her framework called the four tendencies. Rubin believes that everyone falls into one of four tendencies: upholder, obliger, questioner, or rebel. These four tendencies are based on how you meet inner and outer expectations. Upholders: Meets outer expectations, and meets inner expectations. Obligers: Meets outer expectations, and resists... Continue Reading →

The “Voice” of the Trombone

JESSICA D. BUTLER

As trombonists, we often have to tap into repertories of other instruments in search of literature. Don’t get me wrong– I love trombone specific literature– there’s so much wonderful music out there, but I find it fun and challenging to branch out a bit.  Perhaps one of the most extensive repertories available is vocal music.  After all, the human voice may be considered the first music making “instrument.”

Most recently, I have stolen from Johannes Brahms’ Four Serious Songs and adapted them to trombone.  Now this is obviously not a new concept; many adaptations are available for trombone here.  Despite the many adaptations available, I have enjoyed working from the vocal (contralto) score.  One of the advantages of working from the vocal score is viewing the text. Fortunately, the version I am using contains German, English, and French text.

One disadvantage that trombonists will face, as opposed to…

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ITF & IWBC 2014

I had a wonderful time presenting at and attending both ITF and IWBC! Unfortunately, both conferences were at the same time, so I had to split my time between the two. It was great to be in Rochester and experience the famous Eastman School of Music. It was even better to see good friends and... Continue Reading →

2014 Summer Music Conference Lectures

                       I am incredibly excited to present my doctoral research on William Osborne's chamber music theater works for trombonist Abbie Conant at The International Trombone Festival and The International Women's Brass Conference this summer. The ITF will be held at The Eastman School of Music in... Continue Reading →

Come on out February 16, 2014 and support The Lexington Brass Band. "Triumphant Rhapsody" is the third concert of the season and should be a lot of fun for all!

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