Award winning trombonist to perform
Professional trombonist Peter Ellefson, who has been named Linfield College’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, will return to his alma mater to teach a master class and give a recital. Both are free.
Ellefson, a 1984 graduate, will lead the master class at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. The class is open to Linfield students and students from other colleges and area high schools.
During his solo trombone recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Ice Auditorium, he will play works by Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach and others. He also will perform the virtuosic theme and variations for trombone in Arthur Pryor’s “The Blue Bells of Scotland.”
In addition, Ellefson and Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, will perform “Cousins” for trombone and cornet and trombone by Herbert L. Clarke. Debra Huddleston, Linfield adjunct professor of music, will assist in both the master class and the solo recital.
The musician’s visit comes during Linfield’s homecoming celebration. Other activities include class reunions, alumni gatherings and a football game Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13.
Ellefson is a professor of trombone at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a lecturer and artist teacher at Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. He has taught trombonists in the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony as well as several of the premier military bands in Washington, D.C.
He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, and performed with the Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. His solo CD, “Pura Vida,” was released in March 2010.
Paddock, who won an an Emmy Award for a trumpet recording, is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She studied trumpet there with Charles Gorham and conducting with Ray Cramer.
In addition to directing Linfield’s band, she has performed as trumpet soloist throughout the world and played with Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera.
The concert and master class are sponsored by Linfield Department of Music and Office of College Relations. For more information, call 503-883-2275.