PETER ELLEFSON

2012 Northwestern University Trombone Choir Recording

 

For six years I was one of the trombone teachers at Northwestern University. I graduated from NU so it was a special feeling to return as a faculty member. Michael Mulcahy leads one of the strongest, if not THE strongest trombone studio in the country. The highly intelligent students are amazingly dedicated to pursuing both fundamental mastery and musical character. They are serious. One of my duties at NU was to lead the trombone choir, which I labeled: NUTC. Because of my commuting schedule from Bloomington, we met infrequently and irregularly. We did not have the luxury, as some universities do, of rehearsing as an ensemble during the day, weekly or multiple times a week. We met for long rehearsals a few times each quarter. Sometimes we were able to have a concert, most times not, as schedules could not be lined up. Toward the end of my time at NU, the NUTC had a couple of notable performances. We performed to great acclaim at the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop and at Chicago’s Millennium Park in 2013. In June 2012, we met for one session on two separate days to record some of our concert works and some pieces that we had neither rehearsed or performed. I am delighted to share the result:

 

Rachmaninov- "Ave Maria" from Vespers, arranged by Jonathan Whitaker

Sheremetiev- Now the Powers of Heaven, arranged by Jon Bohls

Shostakovich- Prelude in E-flat minor, Op. 34, No. 14, arranged by Jon Bohls

Humperdinck- "Children’s Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel arranged by Gordon Cherry

Lauridsen- O Magnum Mysterium arranged by Andrew Poirier