"Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men."
Congratulations to Stephen Farrell (Baylor BM 2015) for making finals of the US Air Force Band audition!
Congratulations to John Romero (Baylor BM 2013) for winning principal with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Upcoming Events - Fall 2016
Baylor Trombone Studio Retreat at the Phillips Ranch!
Phillips with the Dallas Symphony - Rite of Spring
Our mission is to provide a select group of talented students an engaged and rigorous schedule of trombone choir, chamber music, solo work, orchestral and wind ensemble study. Baylor trombone students become prepared for professional playing opportunities and teaching careers alike. The studio is a close knit group of focused individuals from diverse backgrounds who seek to be competitive in the music business. Time is spent on orchestral section playing, audition technique, listening sessions, score study, quartet and choir performance in various musical styles.
The Baylor Trombone Studio is proud to welcome our newest members:
Graduate Assistant - Master of Music in Trombone Performance candidate:
A young and upcoming musician from Arkansas, Austin Westjohn has been playing trombone since the sixth grade. As a senior in high school, Austin won the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition and performed as a guest soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra during his freshman year of college. He will be graduating from Harding University in central Arkansas this May, where he has completed his undergraduate studies in Music Education.
Austin has performed as a guest soloist with the Harding University Full Orchestra, and has been active on occasion as principal trombone with the Little Rock Wind Symphony. Last summer, Austin was chosen to perform as a participant with both the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Miami Summer Music Festival. He has worked with some of the nation’s leading trombonists in lessons or coaching, including Denson Paul Pollard of the Metropolitan Opera, Craig Mulcahy of the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles jazz trombonist and freelancer Alex Iles, and many others. Most recently, Austin placed as a finalist in the International Trombone Association’s Robert Marsteller Competition, and will perform at the 2016 International Trombone Festival in New York City this upcoming summer.
Collin Napper - incoming freshman pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Performance
Collin Napper is a graduate of Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas. For the past three years, he has played trombone in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. He had the wonderful experience of touring and performing in China with the GDYO in 2015. Prior to that, Collin was a member of the Lone Star Youth Winds. He is a two-time TMEA All-State Band member. He has played trombone in his high school’s Wind Ensemble for 4 years and in the Jazz Band for three years. Collin was presented with the 2015 Outstanding Performer award for BNHS Band.
Collin has an impressive pedigree and a tenacious competitive spirit. Collin will begin work with Mr. Phillips early this summer at the Baylor Band and Orchestra Camp.
Derek Mosely - incoming freshman pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Performance
Derek has continued success at the region, area and state level and enjoys practicing trombone around the clock!
He plans to attend the Curtis Institute Summer Music Institute this summer before beginning his studies at Baylor University.
He has performed in the American Festival for the Arts, and the Houston Youth Symphony. These performances were in Jones hall in Houston and featured Derek on Hungarian March and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. He studied chamber music this past year performing throughout the city with outreach performances and lobby performances at Jones Hall. Derek's passion lies in the orchestral repertoire and enjoys working orchestral excerpt passages. Derek has auditioned and been accepted to several conservatories over the past but is looking forward to studying with Mr. Phillips at Baylor. Sic em Bears!!
Rachel Cornell - incoming freshman pursuing her Bachelor of Music Education degree
Rachel is an incoming freshman from Marietta, GA. She has been a member of the GMEA District 12 Honor Band since 2011 and a member of the GMEA All State Band since 2012. She has had the privilege of performing with the Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus once, as well as performing in the GMEA District 12 Honor Symphony twice.
Rachel is a member of her high school’s symphonic band, symphony orchestra, and jazz band. She has been honored to serve as Drum major to her marching band for the past two years. In addition, Rachel was named president of her school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Rachel is a student of Nathan Zgonc (Assistant Principal Trombone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) and has travelled around the country attending numerous master classes and workshops.
Outside of school, Rachel is a part of her church’s youth orchestra. In her free time, Rachel enjoys cooking food that is way above her level, being with friends, and spending time with her two younger brothers.
Jonathan Passmore - incoming freshman studying bass trombone and pursuing a Bachelor of Music Composition
Jonathan Passmore hails from Arlington, Texas. As a student of Art, Choir, Band, Drama, Orchestra and Taekwondo, his love of instrumental music has taken the forefront.
Throughout his Secondary and High School years, Jonathan’s artwork has been on display in the school’s gallery and T-shirts he designed. With his Honor Choir, he performed at Carnegie Hall, had leading roles in several Drama presentations and earned a Black Belt in Taekwondo.
His most rewarding achievements, however, have been playing the Tenor and Bass Trombones. With these instruments, Jonathan earned many First Division ratings in solos and ensembles at both TAPPS and UIL. Though having earned spots in All Region bands before, as a Senior, Jonathan garnered 1st Chair spots in the Region 5 Wind Ensemble, TMEA Area B, and the Texas 5A All State Band. While attending Baylor University, Jonathan will be pursing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance/Composition and studying trombone with Brent Phillips and composition with Scott McAllister.