Hosts & Judges

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra trombone sectionBPO trombones at Interlochen

The trombone section of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra — Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee — performs regularly as a chamber ensemble outside of the orchestra. They have been featured on programs at the American Trombone Workshop, Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Buffalo Chamber Players subscription series, Interlochen Arts Camp, recitals at SUNY-Fredonia, Elmira College, Canisius College, and as regular outreach performers through the Buffalo Philharmonic. The section had the honor of premiering Eric Ewazen’s “Triple Concerto for Trombones and Orchestra” in 2012, which was written expressly for the Buffalo Philharmonic under the directorship of JoAnn Falletta and is available on CD from Beau Fleuve Records. Ewazen’s work, which, to date is the most substantial work for these performing forces, has quickly become an audience favorite and is starting to appear on programs of orchestras both domestically and internationally. It is in the spirit of continuing to provide new music and further the trombone trio as a legitimate chamber ensemble that the BPO Trombones initiated this contest.

Ensemble PublicationsEnsemble Pub logo

Ensemble Publications was founded in the late 1950’s at the Eastman School of Music by Donald Miller, former bass trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The company was one of very few at the time that published artist-level music for brass and especially for trombone. Today, it is world renowned for its library of brass solos & ensembles. Ensemble Publications is now owned & operated by Charles DePaolo in Ithaca, New York, and continues to publish new compositions and derivative editions for chamber brass and trombone.

Hickey’s Music CenterHickeys Website Banner-White BG 315x105

Hickey’s has been long-established as the authority and place to go for anything trombone related — sheet music, recordings, mutes, mouthpieces, instruments, etc. The “BoneCat”, an annual catalog, is well-known by all trombonists and its release is highly anticipated. Hickey’s is a staple exhibitor at major trombone festivals, including the International Trombone Festival and American Trombone Workshop.

Rob DeemerDeemer headshot

Rob Deemer is a composer, educator, author, and arts advocate. His works have been performed by the President’s Own Marine Band, Chicago Composers Orchestra, cellist Jeffrey Ziegler, soprano Tony Arnold, saxophonist Tim McAllister, the Great Noise Ensemble and the Rasçher Saxophone Quartet. He is well-known for his writings on New Music Box,Sequenza21, and the New York Times. Deemer is currently head of composition at the State University of New York at Fredonia and a member of the composition faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.

Buffalo Chamber PlayersPrint
The Buffalo Chamber Players seek to challenge, redefine and enhance the public’s perception of chamber music while promoting the city of Buffalo as an inspiring place to live, work, and play. As Buffalo’s preeminent chamber music ensemble, the Buffalo Chamber Players present innovative music programs performed by our region’s finest musicians.

Formed in 2007 by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violist Janz Castelo, the group is comprised of members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and other distinguished area musicians. The group’s critically acclaimed concerts explore both historical chamber music masterworks and contemporary works by living composers.

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