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Last modified: Thursday, October 29, 2009

IU Professor of Trombone featured on popular Rubank Method CDs

October 29, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Carl Lenthe, professor of trombone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, is the featured soloist on two newly released CDs contained in H. Voxman's Concert and Contest Collection, featuring the Rubank Method -- one for trombone and one for baritone horn, both with piano accompaniment.

In addition, Kimberly Carballo, interim head opera coach at the Jacobs School, is one of the featured pianists on the trombone CD.

The original release of this venerable series, published by the Hal Leonard Corporation (, featured books of solo pieces with piano accompaniment for various wind instruments and represents the "capstone" of the Rubank Method, which ranges from Elementary through Advanced II difficulties. Hal Leonard recently decided to enhance these collections with a CD-ROM containing professional performances of the pieces as well as piano accompaniment tracks for practice purposes.

The recording took place at Aire Born Recording Studios in Zionsville, Ind.

The Rubank Method books have been in wide use in the United States for decades, and many of the world's greatest musicians grew up using this series.

"Growing up, I practiced my way through the Rubank Method and was therefore glad when the Hal Leonard Corporation chose me to record these recital pieces for both trombone and euphonium," said Lenthe. "The repertoire is of medium technical difficulty, and I feel it is valuable for students to hear them played with advanced musicality and professional polish. Coincidentally, this serves very well as a stepping stone to my solo CD, The Audition Window --Timeless Trombone Tales, which contains a number of the most standard recital pieces expected at the upper collegiate level. I am pleased that both of these resources can serve our young up-and-coming musicians."

The newly enhanced "Concert and Contest Collection," featuring Jacobs Professor Carl Lenthe.

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About Carl Lenthe

Carl Lenthe served as principal trombonist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 1977 to 1994 and with the Bamberg Symphony from 1994 to 1998. He has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony and others.

Lenthe received first prize with distinction at the international music competition "Prague Spring." He has appeared as soloist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Prague Symphony and the Bamberg Symphony and is an active performer on alto, tenor and bass trombone; euphonium; and bass trumpet.

His chamber music activities include tours and recordings with Summit Brass and arranging, publishing and performing of various brass chamber and solo literature. His most recent CD is titled The Audition Window (Summit Records DCD 354).