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The DePaul trombone studio offers students a learning environment that is small enough for individual attention, yet large enough to create an active group dynamic. Students learn from the world-class faculty in individual lessons as well as through studio classes. The trombone studio gives group, as well as individual and often conducts mock auditions to prepare students for the future.
DePaul trombone faculty members Mark Fisher and Charles Vernon welcome you to the trombone studio page. Our mission in the DePaul trombone studio is to maintain a collegial, professional, challenging, demanding, organized and honest environment of very high standards, designed to enhance the development of each individual student.
Trombone students register for and receive an equal number of lessons with Mr. Fisher and Mr. Vernon each quarter. Lessons focus on fundamentals of sound development, breathing and technique, as well as solo and orchestral playing and doubling. Our studio progress and success has thrived as a result of this consistent team teaching system.
Each member of the trombone studio is expected to develop secondary instrument or doubling skills, including alto trombone, euphonium, contrabass trombone and bass trumpet.
Each Sunday evening, the studio meets with Mark Fisher for trombone studio class and trombone choir rehearsal. This is a great opportunity for the studio to discuss weekly studio logistics, news in the trombone world and to maintain a high level of support and feedback. Topics often covered in studio class include: solo and excerpt playing, performance focus techniques, career building and professional networking. Students perform solo repertoire in preparation for solo recitals and various solo competitions. Mock auditions are often a focus in studio class, preparing the students for professional and summer festival auditions. One hour of time is designated to trombone choir rehearsal. Additional time is often reserved for quartet or orchestral section coaching.