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The Peabody Conservatory Trombone Department faculty is made up of four current or former members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who offer the prospective student a unique blend of influences.

James Olin studied at Northwestern University in Chicago with Frank Crisafulli, David Fetter studied at the Eastman School with Emory Remington, and Randall Campora studied at Florida State University with William Cramer. Aaron LaVere studied with H. Dennis Smith, Jay Friedman, Sam Pilafian, and James DeSano. Fetter was also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band.

Peabody’s Trombone Department has an average size of 12-13 trombone students consisting of nine or 10 tenor trombones and three bass trombones. This relatively small number allows each student a good deal of ensemble experience. Peabody’s ensembles are comprised of two orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble, conductors’ orchestra, jazz orchestra, brass ensembles, brass band, trombone choir, and brass chamber groups. Beyond this there is a wealth of ad hoc activity inside and outside the school.

Peabody trombone students receive 14 lessons per semester with the faculty. The Trombone Department meets for occasional solo nights, where students make up a live audience for their peers, and mock auditions are held occasionally to prepare for that unique challenge. In the Trombone Repertoire class, students receive individual low brass sectional coaching, membership in the Trombody Peabones trombone choir, and opportunities to perform in departmental recitals.

Master classes by leading orchestra musicians and clinicians are presented at Peabody each year. Recently these have included Mark Kellogg of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music and Tim Smith of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Peabody upholds the finest standards of excellence among music schools and conservatories in the United States, and many of Peabody’s graduates go on to win professional playing and teaching jobs throughout the world. Olin, Fetter, LaVere, and Campora do their best to nurture a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere to work toward success as a professional musician.

Faculty

Randall Campora

Bass trombonist Randy Campora joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1985 during his third year of undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory. He has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony, and has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

David Murray

David Murray was appointed second trombonist of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. Prior to joining the NSO, Murray was a freelance musician performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, San Antonio, and San Diego symphonies.

James Olin

James Olin was born in Schenectady, New York and began his musical studies on the piano at the age of five. By high school Olin had performed professionally within the diverse musical genres of classical, jazz, rock, blues and country-western. Olin holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Northwestern University.