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SFA Trombone Choir offers preview concert

June 28, 2010 - Sylvia Bierschenk
The SFA Trombone Choir will present a free preview concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 5, in Cole Concert Hall in preparation for its performance at the International Trombone Festival in Austin July 7. Pictured, from left, are Deb Scott, Webb Gardner, Thomas Mensch III, David Carlsen, Ashley Scambray, Cory Barnes, Kelly Barker, Seth Adams and Heather Mensch.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Trombone Choir of Stephen F. Austin State University will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The 10-member choir will perform the 40-minute program they will play at the International Trombone Festival in Austin on July 7.

Deb Scott, SFA associate professor of trombone and the group's leader, said it is a "tremendous honor" to be invited to perform at the festival, which features internationally acclaimed trombonists. SFA's group is one of only two university ensembles scheduled, she continued.

The choir's performance will serve as a warm-up concert for "two of the biggest trombone quartet 'names' in the world, Bones Apart and Viento Sur," Scott explained. Both quartets have performed at SFA within the past four years.

SFA's ensemble normally has 20 student members, but because of the students' varied summer schedules, Scott reduced the group size to ten players and invited three alumni to participate. Current students include Seth Adams of Winnsboro, Kelly Barker of Dayton, Cory Barnes and David Carlsen of Fort Worth, Webb Gardner of Katy and Ashley Scambray of Cypress.

Joining the students and Scott are alumni James Meador, bass trombonist in the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra (Merída); Heather Mensch, jazz band director and applied low brass teacher at Tyler Junior College; and Thomas Mensch III, band director at Tyler Junior College.

The program will open with "Quartet No. 1" by Meador, who is having international success with his compositions and arrangements, according to Scott.

The group will also present "Rewriteable" by Brian Allen, one of Scott's former students, and Jan Koetsier's "Concerto Grosso," featuring Scott and T. Mensch on alto trombones and Carlsen on tenor trombone.

The program also includes the world premiere of "Sequoia" by SFA professor Stephen Lias. The piece, which is part of Lias' national park series, reflects the majesty of the forest, explained Scott.

The concert will close with Derek Bourgeois' "Osteoblast," which Scott describes as "a highly energetic piece that takes the audience on a fun roller coaster ride. It is also the most difficult trombone choir piece I have every played."

Cole Concert Hall is located in the Wright Music Building, 2210 Alumni Dr. For more information, please call (936) 468-6407.