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Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute

Welcome to the Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute! 

Poster for the Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute, July 17-20, 2023

For trombone students ages 11-18.
Presented by the Stockade Trombone Quartet.

Trombone Institute Registration Form

Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, 2023
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

There is an option to extend your day by adding a half hour or hour lesson for an additional fee. The camp will take place in the SUNY Schenectady School of Music. 

Weekly Schedule

Download the schedule as a PDF.


8:30-9 a.m. - Registration
9-10:45 a.m. - Opening Meeting, Group Warm up led by Phil Pandori into Trombone Choir Rehearsal
11 a.m. - Faculty Quartet Recital in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (Open to the public)
12 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own)
1 p.m. - Chamber Group Rehearsals and Coachings
2 p.m. - Masterclass presented by Phil Brink: Trombone Tips and Tricks 
(3-5 p.m. - Private Lessons - optional sign-ups for additional fee)


9-10:45 a.m. - Warm up Dr. Stephen Whimple into Trombone Choir Rehearsal
11 a.m. - Faculty Solo Recital: Underperformed but Viable All-State Works in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (Open to the public)
12 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own)
1 p.m. - Chamber Group Rehearsals and Coachings
2 p.m. - Masterclass presented by Phil Pandori: Alternate Positions and Making the Trombone Work for You
(3-5 p.m. - Private Lessons - optional sign-ups for additional fee)


9-10:45 a.m. - Warm up with Phil Brink into Trombone Choir Rehearsal
11 a.m. - Faculty Orchestral Excerpt Presentation in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (Guest Tubist Nick Soldani)
12 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own)
1 p.m. - Chamber Group Rehearsals and Coachings
2 p.m. - Student Performance Master Class with Dr. Stephen Whimple
(3-5 p.m. - Private Lessons - optional sign-ups for additional fee)


9-11 a.m. - Group Warm Up with Chris Paul into Dress Rehearsal (Trombone Choir and Chamber Groups)
11 a.m. - Masterclass presented by Chris Paul: How to Work with Microphones in a Live Band
12 p.m. - Lunch (bring your own)
1 p.m. - Wrap up Class/Meeting/Q&A
2 p.m. - Final Student Concert in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (Chamber Groups and Trombone Choir) (Open to the public)


Additional information 

Solo Recital Repertoire (45 Minutes)

  • Duo Concertante, Schnyder - Chris Paul and Dr. Stephen Whimple
  • Hartley, Sonata Breve - Dr. Stephen Whimple
  • Ewazen, Sonata for Trombone, Mvt. 1 - Phil Pandori
  • Sulek, Sonata (Vox Gabrielli) - Chris Paul
  • Gaubert, Morceau Symphonique - Dr. Stephen Whimple
  • Lebedev, Concerto in One Movement - Phil Brink

Quartet Recital Repertoire (45 Minutes)

  • Faleris, City of Arts and Sciences
  • Debussy, Trois Chansons
  • Monk/Hampton, Round Midnight
  • (Brief Pause)
  • Speer, Sonata
  • Strauss/Mansted, Alpine Fantasy
  • Haydn, Achieved is the Glorious Work
  • Abreu/Brink, Tico Tico no Fubá


How to Sign Up and Cost

Trombone Institute Registration Form

Payment: $250 ($240 for camp +$10 processing fee for PayPal) to on PayPal to reserve your spot in this event by July 1.

Optional Private Lessons ($40/30 minutes or $60/hour)

If you have any questions, contact or


Phil Brink

Phil Brink has had a diverse career as a trombonist and educator, performing with many orchestras all over the world. He has appeared with the Seattle Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, and Calgary Philharmonic. As an educator Mr. Brink has worked at the Universidad Católica de Chile, University of Calgary, Western Washington University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Mahidol University College of Music. Mr. Brink has authored a text published by Mahidol University and by Cherry Classics, The Trombonist’s Toolkit. Mr. Brink holds a B.M. and M.M degrees in Theory/Composition from Northwestern University. His primary teachers include Frank Crisafulli (Chicago Symphony), Don Harwood (New York Philharmonic), and Jeffrey Reynolds (Los Angeles Philharmonic). 

Phil Pandori

Phil Pandoriis Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at SUNY Schenectady and a Band Director in the Niskayuna Central School District. Phil currently holds the Principal Trombone seat in the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and Capital Region Wind Ensemble and works frequently as a freelance musician in the Capital Region. Phil has performed with the Johnny Mathis, Tony DeSare, Wynton Marsalis, The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, Glens Falls Symphony, Burnt Hills Oratorio, Octavo Singers, Battenkill Chorale, Brass Abbey Brass Quintet and more. Phil spends most of his performance time with the New York Players Entertainment Group as the full-time trombone player for Upstate New York's premier party band. Phil earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, where he also minored in Jazz Studies and earned a certificate in Trombone Performance under Mark Hartman and Bret Zvacek. Phil earned his Masters’ Degree in Trombone Performance from the Hartt School of Music under Ronald Borror.

Chris Paul

Christopher Paul is an active freelance trombonist and educator, based out of Albany, NY. Mr. Paul has appeared with a variety of ensembles including the Albany Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, The Orchestra Now, Albany Pro Musica, and Park Playhouse Productions. Mr. Paul is also currently the trombonist and vocalist of the pop punk band Millington, and has toured extensively with them, opening for artists such as Halsey, Joji, and Shaquille O’Neil. He can be heard on their latest EP “Welcome Home”. Mr. Paul received his Bachelors degree and Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. His principal teachers were James Box, Pierre Beaudry (Montreal Symphony Orchestra) and Ron Barron (Boston Symphony Orchestra). 

Dr. Stephen Whimple

Dr. Stephen Whimpleis currently a trombonist with The Orchestra Now at Bard College. Previously, Dr. Whimple served as an Instructor and Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Alabama. Prior to his doctoral studies, Stephen attended the Juilliard School as an Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow, Music Advancement Program Teaching Fellow, and Morse Teaching Artist Fellow. He completed his bachelor’s degree at The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His primary teachers include Dr. Jonathan Whitaker, Dr. Jeremy Crawford, Joseph Alessi, and Dr. Mark Hartman.

Accompanist: Margaret Brink
Tuba: Nick Soldani