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

David Murray studied at the Eastman School of Music with John Marcellus and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Blair Bollinger. Randall Campora studied here at the Peabody Conservatory with Douglas Yeo and at Florida State University with William Cramer.

Peabody’s Trombone Department typically consists of 6-8 tenor trombones and three bass trombones. This small number allows each student to receive focused instruction from primary faculty. It also offers a good deal of ensemble experience. Peabody’s ensembles are comprised of two orchestras, a studio 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, participation in trombone choir (the “Trombody Peabones”), and opportunities to perform in departmental recitals.

Master classes by leading orchestra musicians and clinicians are presented at Peabody each year. In recent years we have welcomed Wycliffe Gordon (jazz trombonist, arranger, composer, band leader, and music educator), Ava Ordman (Professor of Trombone, Michigan State University and Principal Trombone, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music), Peabody alumnus Nathan Siler (Professor of Trombone, Eastern Kentucky University), Ronald Barron (retired Principal Trombone, Boston Symphony), and Abbie Conant (Professor of Trombone at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen Germany, and former Principal Trombone, Munich Philharmonic).

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 professional playing and teaching jobs throughout the world. Murray and Campora nurture a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere to work toward success as a professional musician.​


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.