The University of Minnesota School of Music has extended their audition deadline for Fall 2022 admission to January 1, 2022. All auditions are being done via recordings this year.
Please visit the UM School of Music webpage for complete audition information.

IMPORTANT: As I will not have access to your name or contact info until your application is complete, please contact me ASAP to schedule an in-person or Zoom meeting/lesson. And, please email me a list of your audition music ASAP for approval. Thanks.

Tom Ashworth
UM Trombone Prof.
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Fall 2021 Update
The UM Trombone Studio is pleased to be welcoming nine new undergraduates and two new graduate students this fall, including PSEO, Music Minor, BA-Applied, BMuED, BM-Performance, Masters and Doctoral students. Here is information on some of our talented new and returning UM trombonists:

My name is Jackson Ferry and I’m from the small town of Milaca in Central Minnesota. I went to the public school in Milaca throughout Elementary, Middle, and High School and I played in band for most of that time. I started playing Trombone in 5th grade and I’ve played in every ensemble I could get into in Milaca. I played in concert bands, jazz bands, pep bands, marching bands, and whatever honor band my director told me about. I’m new to the University of Minnesota, and I hope to pursue composition so that I can work with visual media. I also hope to play as much as I can with as many great people as I can!

Michael Stow is a first year Masters Student at UMN, and will be pursuing a Performance Degree. Michael is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in November 2020 with a BM in Music Education. After graduating, Michael hopes to earn a living playing and teaching trombone, with the eventual goals of performing regularly in large and small ensembles, establishing a private studio, and maybe even writing his own method book for trombone. Michael enjoys listening to many different genres of music, including movie soundtrack, brass band, and chamber music, and is a fan of chess.

Caleb Danielson is a junior Music Education student from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He doubles on tenor and bass trombone, and is currently in the UM Marching Band and several other ensembles at the U. Aside from trombone, Caleb enjoys playing cello, singing, and biking. After college, he is planning to teach middle or high school band or orchestra.

Ethan Kay will be a freshman this year at the University of Minnesota from Illinois. He plans on majoring in nursing with a minor in music. Ethan will be playing with the Pride of MInnesota this year and plans on making as much room in his schedule for music as possible. While not playing the trombone or working he enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as watching movies and shows.


Daniel J. Cosio is a current Master’s student at UMN, studying Trombone Performance on alto, tenor, and bass trombone. Daniel began his trombone studies through the school system of Mansfield, TX, and completed his BM at the University of North Texas. After graduation from UMN, Daniel plans on immediately pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts, and transitioning into a full-time career of teaching and performing.

Hi! My name is Trevor Loewe and I’m a transfer music Ed. student from Bemidji, MN. My primary instrument is piano but I love playing trombone as well! I especially like listening to and playing all forms of jazz music. In my free time I enjoy running, biking, camping, watching hockey and being on the lake.

Blake LaBarge will be a freshman from Illinois studying music/composition. Blake plays the trombone and a little bit of euphonium, but hopes to learn guitar and especially piano. He will be playing with the Pride of Minnesota, as well as other ensembles such as jazz, concert, etc. He hopes to get more experience composing for varying ensembles and even movies, shows, video games, commercials, anything really. Blake's favorite ensemble to compose for is a high level wind ensemble. When not doing anything music related, Blake is either watching shows, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.
More photos and bios to come.......

Thanks to all who applied and auditioned for fall 2021

A big "Thank You" to all of the fine trombonists (from MN, WI, SD, TX, IA, MI, IL and IN) that applied and auditioned for fall 2021! I enjoyed our Zoom meetings and phone chats and encourage you to contact me if you would like to schedule another Zoom lesson.
And, I am now booking initial Zoom recruiting meetings for students interested in applying and auditioning for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Tom Ashworth, UM Trombone Professor
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Audition Guidelines:

BM MuEd and Music Therapy, BA Applied and Music Minor auditions must include:
  • Two contrasting solo works
  • Piano accompaniment not required required on the audition
  • Memorization is not required

BM Performance, MM and DMA auditions must include:
  • Two contrasting solo works and three to four contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Piano accompaniment not required required on the audition
  • Memorization is not required
Please use the following link for audition repertoire ideas (the repertoire lists are not all-inclusive):

Recent alumni success

Justin Bain (BM-Perf 2019) After a year touring the world with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Justin was accepted to the MM program at the Juilliard School of Music for fall 2020. Justin is studying with John Rojak, bass trombonist in the American Brass Quintet and Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist in the New York Philharmonic. 

Roy Pienaar (BMuEd 2014) has been appointed Band Director at the St. Louis Park (MN) Middle School as of the fall 2020 semester. Roy began his teaching career at the Hmong College Prep Academy in St. Paul, where he founded and developed a thriving band program.

Nicholas Zahler (BMuEd 2015) has been appointed Band Director at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul as of the fall 2020 semester. Nicholas has previously taught in Forest Lake and Willow River, MN.

Ben Gualtieri (BM-Perf/MuEd 2018) joined the faculty of the Creative Arts Secondary School in Saint Paul in fall 2019 as an Instrumental Music Teacher. Ben student taught at Bloomington-Jefferson High School with Director of Bands Daniel Fretland, also an alumnus of Stillwater High School and the U of M.

Daniel Hinman (MM 2015) joined the faculty at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota as of fall 2019. He teaches low brass applied lessons, music appreciation and sight-singing and directs the athletic bands. Daniel earned his BM in Music Education at North Dakota State University in 2010, and then served as a high school band director for several years prior to attending the U of M.  He is currently ABD in his doctoral studies at the University of North Texas, where he studied with UM alumnus Tony Baker and Natalie Mannix.

Dr. Marco Samperio (DMA 2018) was appointed to the faculty at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas as a band director in the fall of 2019. He teaches brass beginner classes, conducts the Symphonic Band III, directs the jazz ensemble and team teaches several other ensembles. Marco earned his MM at SMU, where he studied with John Kitzman, former Principal Trombonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Marco is also an alumnus of Sam Houston State University, where he earned a BM in Music Education.

Thanks to Dr. Scott Agster ( for including me in his terrific trombone duo project with other Twin Cities trombonists, and to the fine rhythm sections performing on the videos! Scott is a North Texas and UM grad and is one of the TC's busiest and most versatile musicians. I am so impressed with Scott's writing and playing, as well as his A/V recording and editing skills! He also excels at gardening and brewing tasty beverages. Check Scott out on the web and Facebook and get out and hear him play!

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On Saturday, April 6, the University of Minnesota Trombone Choir will be performing at the second annual Schmitt Music Trombone Day in Brooklyn Center. The Choir is pleased and proud to be having Mr. Henry Charles Smith III as our guest conductor! The concert will begin at 12:45pm, and it will also feature Mr. Smith and UM Trombone Professor Tom Ashworth speaking on the topic "Developing Versatile Musicians in Trombone Choir". The concert will include music by Simpson, Holborne, Carmichael, Crespo, Verdi, Gershwin and Pederson. Graduate trombonist Steffin Medina will also be conducting and senior bass trombonist Justin Bain will be the soloist on Pederson's "Blue Topaz". Please see the link below for complete event information.…/2nd-annual-twin-cities-trom…/

On April 8, the Choir and Mr. Smith will be presenting a 4:15pm outreach concert at Johanna Shores Senior Living in Arden Hills. The Choir has performed there many times over the years, and we always look forward to playing for a large and appreciative audience in their beautiful concert space!

And, save this date:

2019 UM Trombone Choir Holiday Concert and Ugly Sweater Contest:
Wednesday, Dec. 11
Noon start
Ferguson Hall Lobby
Jazzy holiday music by the Choir and a carol sing-a-long!
Wear your ugliest sweater and compete for the coveted bedazzled trombone trophy!
Treats and beverages provided, too!

Thanks from UM Trombone Professor Tom Ashworth:
I would like to thank all of the talented trombonists (from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon and Oklahoma) who have auditioned for Fall 2019 admission into our Music Minor, BA-Applied, BMued, BM-Performance and graduate trombone programs. I appreciate all of you taking time to meet with me prior to your auditions, and am very pleased you are considering the University of Minnesota! Please do keep in touch in the coming weeks, and feel free to contact me if you should have any questions.

And, the 2020-21 recruiting process has begun! If you would like to schedule a visit/lesson, please contact me ASAP at:

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Please do check out all of the information on the UM Trombone Studio webpage, and also visit us at:

Please click on the following link to learn more about many of our current students:

Thanks to the Shafter Press for the nice article about my recent clinics at area schools (we have four kids and five grandkids-so far). And, a big thanks to band directors Mr. Martinez and Mr. Bustamante for leeting me work with their students!

UM Trombone Studio alum Dominic Gaietto (MM 2017) has been selected to play lead trombone with In the Mood, a touring musical revue of 1940's big band music. Following a September 2018 California tour, Dominic will be off to Australia for five weeks of swing and sunshine.

You can learn more about the group at:

Presenting Dr. Zachary Gingerich and Dr. Marco Samperio!

Please see the Student Success link for an updated list of our stellar UM Trombone alumni. If you are a UM Trombone alum, please contact me if I need to add or update your current info.

UM Trombone alumnus Ryan Christianson (BM-Perf. 2017) will be the guest artist at our Wednesday, April 25 Trombone Studio Class. Ryan is a member of the Dallas Brass, and also performs regularly with numerous classical and jazz groups in Minneapolis and Chicago. Ryan will be doing a bit of playing, talking about his post-UM professional life and coaching several UM Trombone students.

Wednesday, April 25
UM School of Music
Ferguson Hall #95

Congrats to these fine UM Trombone students for being accepted into
prestigious music festivals and seminars this summer

Justin Bain, junior Bass Trombone Performance major: Round Top Music Festival, Texas

Steffin Medina, first year MM: Big Ten University Honor Ensemble at the International Trombone Festival, Iowa

Marco Samperio, DMA/ABD: Mendez Brass Institute, Colorado

UM Trombone students have also participated in the Brevard Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Alessi Trombone Seminar, Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Mulcahy Trombone Seminar, Tanglewood Music Festival, Wintergreen Music Festival, Lindberg Trombone Seminar, Sewanee Music Festival, Disneyland All-American Band and the American Trombone Workshop.


Ben Gualtieri's senior recital

Monday, April 2, 2018

3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

Free and open to the public

Also available via live streaming at:

I would like to thank all of the trombonists who auditioned for Fall 2018 entrance into our undergraduate and graduate programs! I enjoyed meeting you and hearing your auditions, and will stay in touch during the coming weeks. Please do feel free to contact me if you have any questions. If you are considering applying to the UM School of Music for Fall 2019 entrance, please contact me ASAP to chat about your educational and career goals, and to schedule a pre-audition lesson.
Tom Ashworth, UM Prof. of Trombone
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Recital season is here! Please join us for this great performance:

Congrats to Zachary Gingerich and Marco Samperio for passing their preliminary doctoral written exams! I look forward to working with them on their final doctoral projects and adding their names to the list of fine musicians who have earned the DMA in Trombone at the University of Minnesota.

Spring 2018 UM Trombone Recitals
Mondays @ 3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

Free and open to the public & livestreamed @:

Feb. 26: Ross Shone & Steffin Medina
shared tenor trombone MM recital

March 5: Justin Bain bass trombone Junior Recital

March 26: Marco Samperio alto & tenor trombone DMA recital

April 2: Ben Gualtieri alto & tenor trombone Senior Recital

All of these recitals will feature pianist Leah Siltberg, as well as the UM Trombone Quartet.

Thanks to the STAR-TRIBUNE for featuring the
UM Trombone Choir's 2017 Holiday Concert & Ugly Sweater Contest:

Photo Credit: Richard Tsong-Taatarii

Join the the UM Trombone Choir at their
2017 Holiday Concert & Ugly Sweater Contest
Wednesday, December 13
Noon in the Ferguson Hall Lobby
The concert will also be broadcast on

Jazzy trombone holiday music, a carol sing-along, tacky attire, and free beverages and treats!

Wear the ugliest sweater and win the coveted Holiday Trombone trophy!

UM Trombone Studio, Fall 2017

2017 UM All-Brass BBQ at the Ashworth home

UM alumnus Ian Gregory has completed his US Army basic training and
will soon begin his new career. Congratulations Dr. Gregory!

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Leahy (MM from U of M, DMA from Northwestern) on joining the faculty at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Terry is a former member of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra and has also freelanced extensively in Australia, London and Chicago. Please visit his webpage at:
Dr. Leahy and the Prof.

Introducing the 2017-18 UM Trombone Studio:

Zachary Gingerich, ABD 12/17
Marco Samperio, ABD 5/18

Steffin Medina, 1st year
Ross Shone, 1st year

Ben Gualtieri, 4th year Perf./MuEd
Justin Bain, 3rd year Perf.
Ethan Beauclaire, 2nd year Perf./Engineering
Erick Juarez, 2nd year MuEd
Tanner Binczak, 1st year MuEd
Shelby Ernst, transfer MuEd
Mairyn Schoshinski, 1st year MuEd
Jonathan Full, 1st year MuEd

Christopher Morse, 1st year/Comp. Sci

Asad Lakhani, 1st year/Mathematics
Lauren Swee, 1st year/undeclared

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates:
Left: Dominic Gaietto, MM
Right: Dr. Ian Gregory, DMA

2017 EVENTS:

On Mondays @ 3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall unless noted otherwise
Recitals are live-streamed:

 Programs will be posted in advance at
  • February 20: Dominic Gaietto, MM Tenor & Bass Trombone
  • April 3: Lauren Husting, DMA Alto & Tenor Trombone
  • April 17: Ben Gualtieri, BM-Perf. Junior Recital, Tenor Trombone
  • April 22: Zachary Gingerich, DMA Alto & Tenor Trombone with Organ at University Lutheran Church of Hope, Minneapolis
  • April 24: Marco Samperio, DMA Tenor Trombone

Recital programs will be posted at

Friday, November 4

Benjamin Gualtieri: Junior BMuEd/Performance, Tenor Trombone
Justin Bain: Sophomore BM Performance, Tenor and Bass Trombone

7:30pm in Ultan Recital Hall

Monday, November 14

Zachary Gingerich: DMA Tenor and Bass Trombone

3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

Monday, November 21

UM Trombone Choir and DMA Trombone Quartet

3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

December 5

Marco Samperio: DMA Alto and Tenor Trombone

3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

December 12

Lauren Husting: DMA Tenor and Bass Trombone

3:35pm in Ultan Recital Hall

Welcome from Tom Ashworth, UM Professor of Trombone
Welcome to the University of Minnesota Trombone Studio web page! I hope you find the content helpful, and I encourage you to contact me if you should have any questions.
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Additionally, I invite you to visit the UM Trombone Studio Facebook Page at  Click on the following link to download the text of this web page:
Download this info (.pdf).

Enrollment and undergraduate/graduate student balance of the UM Trombone Studio

The University of Minnesota Trombone Studio includes undergraduate Performance, Music Education, Music Therapy and BA-Applied majors, along with graduate students pursuing the MM and DMA degrees. We also welcome Music minors, elective/non-major students and high school PSEO students. We look for talented and motivated students who will enjoy being inspired and challenged by our faculty and students. If you are looking for a supportive, focused and productive learning environment in a Trombone Studio with a proven record of success, please consider the University of Minnesota School of Music.

The total enrollment of the Studio averages fourteen to sixteen students and we carefully control the Studio size and the balance of undergraduate and graduate students to ensure that:

  • Music majors will study with a UM Trombone faculty member and will not be assigned to a Teaching Assistant.
  • There will be room in our major ensembles for every Music major.
  • Music majors will not be over-committed in their ensemble assignments, and will have ample time to study and practice.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students will often play in the same ensembles, creating a very healthy mentoring environment.

Brief faculty biographies-click on the underlined names for full versions

Tom Ashworth is the Professor of Trombone at the University of Minnesota. He teaches alto, tenor and bass trombone and euphonium. Ashworth directs the UM Trombone Choir, coaches chamber ensembles and teaches a graduate course in career preparation. His students have enjoyed success as public school and university educators, orchestral and military ensemble musicians and as freelance performers and teachers. As the featured trombonist (alto. tenor and bass) with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ashworth recorded numerous CD's and performed in New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. 651-983-0865 |

Dr. John Tranter, Affiliate Faculty, has served as an instructor of Low Brass at the University of Minnesota since Spring 2003, and is an active freelance musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. In addition to performing regularly with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Tranter has also performed with the Minnesota Opera, the JazzMN Big Band, and many touring Broadway shows at local venues.
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Living and Learning in the Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota School of Music offers a comprehensive learning environment, and our students also enjoy the many benefits provided by our metropolitan location. Many of our students have developed successful local freelance performance and teaching careers during their years in Minnesota.The Twin Cities area boasts a thriving live music scene, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Jazz MN Big Band, numerous chamber music and choral music series, jazz clubs booking local and national performers and an endless array of clubs featuring rock, blues, ska, salsa and other music. Most venues are within a short drive or bus ride from the School of Music, and many offer reduced ticket prices for students. There is also a busy music theater industry featuring local and national productions of Broadway shows.

In addition, the Twin Cities are well known for their commitment to the visual arts, and students enjoy visits to the numerous museums and galleries.The University of Minnesota School of Music is committed to providing a rich learning environment for students, and has hosted recitals and master classes by numerous renowned low brass guest artists and brass ensembles, including:

Joseph Alessi, Christian Lindberg, Raymond Premru, Michael Mulchay, Charlie Vernon, Mark Lawrence, M. Dee Stewart, R. Douglas Wright, Elliot Mason,Phil Wilson, Mark Nightingale, Jacques Mauger, Eugene Pokorny, Roger Bobo, Steven Mead, Jon Sass, Daniel Perantoni, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, Oystein Baadsvik, American Brass Quintet, Saint Louis Brass Quintet, Dallas Brass

Lessons and Juries

Weekly applied lessons will focus on tasks at hand, including solo and chamber music recital repertoire and excerpts required for orchestral and/or military ensemble auditions. You will notice a constant emphasis on achieving musical goals through listening, score study and focused practicing. For entering students, the first semester of lessons generally focuses on refining core concepts such as posture, breathing, sound modeling, articulation, flexibility and range. Physical skills are honed through working on technical and lyrical etudes, as well as assignments from my own compilation of proven exercises. Digital audio and video recording provides additional feedback to the student, and students can be provided with CDs of their in-lesson mock auditions and recital rehearsals.

Chamber music (assigned and sight-reading) is an integral part of applied lessons, and students can expect to play duets by Telemann, Bach, Beethoven, Boismortier, Defaye, Matej, Pederson and a variety of other composers. Chamber music puts a premium on listening skills, and students are challenged to react to subtle changes in dynamics, tempo, timbre, vibrato and articulation. Students are also expected to be aware of the importance of melodic (horizontal) and chordal (vertical) intonation.

Orchestral excerpts are often assigned, and students preparing for auditions will have mock auditions in lessons. Excerpts are digitally recorded, reviewed at full and half speed and can be uploaded to the student's Google Drive following the lesson. The student and I use a standardized audition comment form to make written notes on Sound, Pitch, Rhythm, Technique and Style. Students are taught to practice each excerpt "in layers", focusing on each of these five critical elements of ensemble performance, and are given specific practice techniques to develop a polished and musically convincing final product.

Required weekly activities

  • Brass Recital Hour, 3:35pm on Mondays in Ultan Recital Hall: This is the assigned time for Brass majors presenting degree recitals. Students benefit from hearing each other perform solo and chamber music recitals, and are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and performance styles. The performers enjoy having a large audience of their friends and peers. Some Brass Recital Hours will feature special presentations by UM faculty or guest artists.
  • Trombone Studio Class, 3:35pm on Wednesdays in Ferguson #95: Studio Class provides students the opportunity to perform for their peers, develop critical listening skills and learn more about their instrument’s repertoire and pedagogy.
Performance Juries

Juries are scheduled at the end of each spring semester, and are graded by a panel of UM Brass Faculty. Jury repertoire typically includes solo repertoire and orchestral excerpts. Students presenting a full recital during the second half of the spring semester may elect not to present a Jury that same semester.


Students in the BM-Performance program are required to present Junior and Senior recitals, and many choose to present additional recitals during their first two years of study. Students pursuing the MM are required to present one solo recital, and most are also involved in a graduate trombone chamber ensemble recital.

We have two distinct DMA degree programs, each with its own recital requirement. The traditional DMA program requires a total of five recitals, typically four solo recitals and one chamber music recital with a graduate trombone quartet. Those DMA students declaring a Secondary Area (Theory/Composition, Musicology, Music Education) are required to present three solo recitals, and they have an increased academic component in their Secondary Area. Doctoral students in the traditional DMA degree program who win our annual Concerto Competition or a significant external solo competition may count those performance as one of their DMA solo recitals. Certain professional-level invited solo performances can be considered for DMA solo recital credit for students in the traditional degree program.

With all solo recitals, music is selected during the semester prior to the recital, with the goal of broadening the student's repertoire and improving their technical skills. Thanks to our outstanding graduate program in Collaborative Piano and our metropolitan location, there are numerous experienced pianists available for recitals.  All collaborative artists must be cleared by me before the recital is scheduled for one of our weekly Monday afternoon Brass Recital Hours.


After performing an ensemble audition during the first week of the Fall semester, six to eight trombonists are assigned to a rotating pool of players for our Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, with the remaining students being assigned to the Symphonic Band and/or Campus Orchestra. Spring semester ensemble placement auditions are scheduled at the end of the preceding Fall semester.

Students can also perform with a Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Brass Choir or Trombone Quartet (as arranged). Graduate students receiving financial assistance should refer to their award letters for specific ensemble requirements.

Degree Requirements

For complete information on degree requirements, please see the BA, BM, MM and DMA listings under Degrees and Programs.

Prospective doctoral students should review the section regarding our optional Secondary Areas of study. You can also download the complete Graduate Handbook, which is full of useful information. Graduate students interested in transferring existing graduate credit must have all potential transfer credits approved by your advisor (Professor Ashworth) and the Director of Graduate Studies. Previous courses and/or applied lesson credits do not automatically transfer.

All graduate and undergraduate music majors transferring to the University of Minnesota must perform a Transfer Jury at the end of their first semester of study (Fall or Spring). Based on that Jury and the quality of work in that first semester of lessons, the UM Brass Faculty decide how many (if any) previous lesson credits will be applied to the student’s degree.

Graduate Diagnostic Exams

The School of Music requires all entering graduate students to take the diagnostic exams in music theory and music history during Welcome Week (the week prior to the beginning of classes in the Fall) or at the first available opportunity for those entering their degree programs during a term other than Fall. Please see the Graduate Handbook for complete information on our diagnostic exams.

I strongly encourage all entering graduate students to invest considerable time preparing for these diagnostic exams, in order to avoid repeating undergraduate-level courses and to ensure that the have the maximum amount of time and energy to commit to their instrument and graduate-level courses.

Applying, Visits and Auditions

Choosing a school is a major decision and will have an enormous impact on your life, so please invest the time and money and schedule a visit to our campus. Many prospective students schedule visits during the summer and/or semester prior to their auditions, others arrive several days before our official on-campus audition dates. Visiting students meet with me to discuss educational and career goals, and to review audition repertoire. I also enjoy meeting with parents to discuss the many important issues involved in choosing the appropriate school and teacher.

A complete two-day itinerary could include a tour of the University and the School of Music, classroom and ensemble observation, meetings and possible chamber music reading sessions with current students and appointments with appropriate faculty and staff members. It also provides you the opportunity to explore the local housing market. In addition, many visiting students attend Minnesota Orchestra and/or Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts or visit one of the area's fine jazz clubs. Please contact me ASAP if you would like to schedule a pre-audition visit. Special audition times can be arranged if you are unavailable on our official audition dates.

Apply to the School of Music. All trombone audition repertoire must be confirmed with Professor Ashworth via email at least one month prior to your audition date. Please review the important guidelines for undergraduate and graduate applicants. I also encourage students to view my list of Suggested Audition Repertoire.

Related links

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Lodging options for visiting students and parents:


I would encourage you to contact several of my current students to discuss these important issues, and I can provide you with phone numbers and/or email addresses. The majority of our new undergraduate students are assigned to the Middlebrook dormitory-if they take care of the paperwork and deposit very early in the application process. While this does not guarantee you a spot in Middlebrook, it does greatly improve your chances of living there-right across the street from the School of Music!

For graduate students, I always recommend the Roseville/Lauderdale/St. Anthony Park/Falcon Heights area. It's a very central and safe location, approximately four miles from the School of Music and about ten minutes from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. There is plenty of shopping close by, including Cub Foods, Target, Barnes and Noble and the large Rosedale Mall. This area is very close to the UM Saint Paul campus (primarily agricultural sciences), which has a very nice gym with a pool. You can walk to the UM Saint Paul campus bus transit hub and ride free to the main UM campus, including the School of Music on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. The area is also served by the MTC buses (Metro Transit Corp.), which have great routes to campus.

Other graduate students prefer to live closer to school, on the West Bank or across the river in the Dinkytown area. I have also had students locate in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, close to the central lake district. Regardless of the location, it’s a good idea to look for an apartment that has off-street parking and gas (heating) included in the rent.

Scholarships and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

While I cannot make any promises as to financial assistance, rest assured that I will always be a strong advocate for our Trombone prospects. There are undergraduate scholarship funds available for top Performance, Music Education and Music Therapy prospects, and the prestigious Groth Music Scholarship is awarded to select prospective Music majors (except BA) who are also admitted to the University of Minnesota’s Honors program.

Scholarship options for graduate Music students include talent-based awards and Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Prospective graduate students should tell me what they consider to be their strongest complementary teaching fields (theory, musicology, jazz, music technology, non-major courses, etc.), and I will explore any options available for the coming year.