The Peabody Conservatory Trombone Department faculty is made up of four current or former members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who offer the prospective student a unique blend of influences: James Olin studied at Northwestern University in Chicago with Frank Crisafulli, David Fetter studied at the Eastman School with Emory Remington, and Randall Campora studied at Florida State University with William Cramer. Aaron LaVere studied with H. Dennis Smith, Jay Friedman, Sam Pilafian, and James DeSano. Mr. Fetter was also a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and the U.S. Army Band.
Peabody's Trombone Department has an average size of 12-13 trombone students consisting of nine or 10 tenor trombones and three bass trombones. This relatively small number allows each student a good deal of ensemble experience. Peabody's ensembles are comprised of two orchestras, a chamber 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, membership in the Trombody Peabones trombone choir, and opportunities to perform in departmental recitals.
Master classes by leading orchestra musicians and clinicians are presented at Peabody each year. Recently these have included Mark Kellogg of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music and Tim Smith of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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 win professional playing and teaching jobs throughout the world. Olin, Fetter, LaVere, and Campora do their best to nurture a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere to work toward success as a professional musician.