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IU Jacobs School of Music trombone quartet wins national competition


Feb. 1, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Trombone Quartet, from the Jacobs School of Music, was recently selected as the winner of the 2012 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Trombone Quartet Competition, sponsored by The United States Army Band.

From left to right: Mike Miragliotta, Chao-Chun Cheng, Matt Crozier, and Eric Rogers.

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The quartet, comprised of Mike Miragliotta, Matt Crozier, Chao-Chun Cheng and Eric Rogers, will be featured in recital at the Eastern Trombone Workshop March 21-24 in Fort Myer, Va.

"The Brass Department of the Jacobs School of Music is very pleased with the success of this quality group," said M. Dee Stewart, professor of trombone, chair of the department and coach of the quartet. "This is a great honor for them, and we are very proud of Mike, Matt, Chao-Chun and Eric."

Their selection is the result of a recorded audition adjudicated by members of the National Symphony Orchestra low brass section and trombonists from The U.S. Army Band.

"We spent many hours recording ourselves and listening back to get things just right," said Miragliotta. "Our coach, Professor Stewart, always tells us what we need to hear to take us to the next level. We really have fun playing together, so we're excited to start preparing a recital program for the event."

While Miragliotta, Crozier and Rodgers study chiefly with Stewart, and Cheng studies mainly with Professor Peter Ellefson, Miragliotta said that the whole group is greatly influenced by all three Jacobs trombone professors, including Carl Lenthe.

The Eastern Trombone Workshop has become one of the largest annual events for trombone in the world. It is the only professionally organized and staffed trombone workshop or conference in the United States. Soloists, educators and students—as well as university and college trombone ensembles from around the world—attend the workshop annually.