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Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute

Welcome to the Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute

Faculty members of the 2024 Trombone Camp.

Monday-Thursday, July 8-11, 2024
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

A four-day intensive seminar held at the Schenectady County Community College School of Music, for middle school and high school students ages 11-18, dedicated to the study of the trombone, with an emphasis on performance and pedagogy. Led by and featuring premiere freelance musicians and educators in the area, the Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute will provide students with an educational laboratory to learn, play, and listen. All low brass instruments are welcome! This year, John Keal Music will have a booth with instruments, mouthpieces, and other supplies. This event will be presented by the Stockade Trombone Quartet, with Guest Artist in Residence, Aaron Albert. Those interested in auditing should contact or

Tentative Schedule


Welcome meeting
Warm Up/Trombone Choir
Themed Masterclasses (Two classes will be offered at the same time, subjects are TBD)
Open Masterclass (Faculty Led)
Choir Rehearsal
Faculty Quartet Performance (Free and Open to Public, Free)


Warm-Up/Trombone Choir Rehearsal
Themed Masterclasses (Two classes will be offered at the same time, subjects are TBD)
Trombone Choir Rehearsal
John Keal Session

  • Presentation featuring Declan Lynch, John Keal Music Store Manager
  • Talking about and demonstrating horns available at John Keal
  • Students come and try out horns

Wednesday - Aaron Albert Day

Warm up with Faculty Member or Guest Artist
Trombone Choir Rehearsal
Aaron Albert Masterclass (Participants determined by audition)
Aaron Albert Recital (with Piano) (Open to the public: $8 at the door).


Trombone Choir Rehearsal and Dress
Open Masterclass (Faculty Led)
Wrap Up Meeting
Culminating Performance featuring the Guest Artist in Residence, Faculty, and Student Trombone Choir. This performance is free and open to the public!


How to Sign Up and Cost

Register for the Summer Trombone Institute

  • The CRN for the Summer Trombone Institute is 60284, you will need to include this on the registration page. 
  • If you would like to add one 30-minute lesson at the end of one of the institute days, please add CRN 60337 to the list of classes you are registering for.
  • If you would like to add one 60-minute lesson at the end of one of the institute days, please add CRN 60338 to the list of classes you are registering for.
  • You will receive a confirmation email with information on how to pay upon registration.

Cost: $258 per student
Individual lessons are available starting at 4 p.m. for an additional fee of $30 for 30-minutes or $60 for 60-minutes.

Registration deadline: July 1
If you have any questions, please contact or


Headshot of Phil Brink holding a trombone.Phil Brink

Born 1945 in Evanston, Illinois. Lived in the Chicago area through Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University. Joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and worked as a music teacher in Chile until 1969. Returning to Chicago, I worked in computers for several years and freelanced on trombone. Started doctoral work at U. of Illinois until 1973, taking a year [1970-71] to work at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. In 1973 moved to Calgary, Canada to teach at University of Calgary and took a job as Principal Trombone in the Calgary Philharmonic.

Moved to Seattle in 1978 and again started a doctorate at the Juilliard School. There followed much freelance work with Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Wagner Festival [Der Ring Des Nibelungen]. In 1986 won a job with New Mexico Symphony and added the Southwest Brass Quintet the next year. In 1988 I was invited to Hong Kong to fill a position on Bass Trombone with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. I returned to the U.S. after 12 years in the Philharmonic, also teaching at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

From 2000 to 2007 taught privately and played freelance including a concert with the Chicago Symphony. Taught at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois 2006-2007. I was invited to accept the job teaching trombone at Mahidol University, from which I retired in 2017. During that same period I was hired as Bass Trombone and Low Brass Principal with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.

Returning to the U.S. in 2017, moved to upstate New York to be with daughter Jennifer, Executive Director of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Now freelancing in upstate New York.

Headshot of Phil Pandori holding a trombone.Phil Pandori

Phil Pandori is Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass (Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba) at SUNY Schenectady County Community College where he has also previously taught Brass Techniques and currently codirects and operates the Capital Region Summer Trombone Institute. Phil has previously taught Brass Techniques at the Hartt School of Music, as well as Wind Ensemble and Low Brass Lessons at Skidmore College.

In addition to his work at SUNY Schenectady, Phil is a band director in the Niskayuna Central School District where he directs the High School Concert Band, Honors Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, as well as Middle and High School brass and percussion lessons. Previously, Phil has taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Band in the District and maintains a low brass studio. Phil has directed All-County Bands across New York State, including Saratoga-Warren, Washington, Schoharie, Franklin, Onondaga, and Jefferson-Lewis Counties.

Phil currently holds the Principal Trombone seat in the Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra and Capital Region Wind Ensemble and works frequently as a freelance musician in the Capital Region. 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 has performed with Johnny Mathis, Tony DeSare, Wynton Marsalis, The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, Glens Falls Symphony, Saratoga Voices, Octavo Singers, Battenkill Chorale, Albany Pro Musica, Brass Abbey Brass Quintet and more.

Phil, along with his wife Catherine, owns and operates Bristol Hills Music Camp (est. 1962) - a week-long quality-intensive outdoor music camp for Band, String and Orchestra students grades 7-12 – located on Bristol Mountain just outside of Canandaigua, New York.

Phil has previously served as the New York State School Music Association Representative for Zone 7 as well as a member of the New York State Band Directors Association Executive Board as Middle School Honor Band Chair and Committee Member at Large, and currently serves as Co-Chair to the Zone 7 Area All-State Symphonic 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 playing a trombone.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. He has also appeared as a soloist with the McGill Contemporary Mysic Ensemble, and at the Banff Centre’s Contemporary Opera program. Mr. Paul is also the trombonist and backup vocalist of the pop punk band Millington, touring extensively with them throughout the United States and Canada, and 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 are James Box, Pierre Beaudry (Montreal Symphony Orchestra) and Ron Barron (Boston Symphony Orchestra).

Dr. Stephen Whimple, seated, holding a trombone.Dr. Stephen Whimple

Dr. Stephen Whimple, hailing from Clifton Park, New York, is a Trombonist and Educator located in the Hudson Valley. He is currently a trombonist with The Orchestra Now at Bard College. 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.

Dr. Whimple’s students have placed in all-state ensembles and youth orchestras across the country. Others have gone on to attend the Juilliard Music Advancement Program and Pre-College, the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and the University of Alabama. Students that reside in New York State have had continued success with NYSSMA scores. His studio currently consists of a wide range of experience levels and ages.

Headshot of Aaron Albert.

Aaron Albert (Artist-in-Residence)

Aaron Albert was appointed as bass trombonist for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020. He has also held the bass trombone position in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and has played with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed under the baton of Jaap van Zweden, Franz Welser-Möst, Fabio Luisi, Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Herbert Blomstedt and others. Aaron studied at The Juilliard School in Manhattan for his bachelor's degree in Music Performance.