Myles Blakemore is a classical trombonist currently serving as Trombonist in the US Naval Academy Band and as Professor of Trombone at Howard University. Prior to his current positions, he was the inaugural Rosemary and David Good Fellow with the Minnesota Orchestra and a fellow with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Myles has performed on international stages including with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony and Dallas Symphony. As a student, he spent summers attending some of the country’s premier music festivals including Brevard Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, and Aspen Music Festival.
A Dallas native, Myles is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where he studied with John Kitzman. He received his Master's Degree at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Per Brevig in the Orchestral Program.
He is a sought-after masterclass instructor, and maintains a trombone studio in the Washington, DC area. He is currently at work on his debut solo album, which features the works of unaccompanied trombone. Follow Myles’ journey on social media, where he shares his musical process, performance education, and music industry satire.
Myles Blakemore is a Bach Brass & Conn-Selmer Centerstage Performing Artist.
Greg Cox is a native of Seattle, Washington. He received the Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Emory Remington. While still an undergraduate he performed with the Rochester Opera and Rochester Philharmonic and toured with Chuck Mangione.
Upon graduation, he accepted a position with the North Carolina Symphony and the trombone instructor’s appointment at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.
In 1976 Gregory returned to the Pacific Northwest to join the Vancouver Symphony under Kazuyoshi Akiyama. Soon he added teaching positions at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music and Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Gregory has been a guest musician with the Winnipeg & Regina Symphonies and has given recitals in British Columbia, Washington and North Carolina. He has recorded for Mark, Polydor, CRI, Orion, CBC and Naxos. He was also a member of the orchestra for the pre-records for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
He is married to freelance violinist Marion Turner. They have a daughter, Carolyn, who is an actress and writes in New York City.
Vanessa Fralick joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trombone in 2013. Prior to her current position, Ms. Fralick played three seasons as Acting Associate Principal Trombone of the St. Louis Symphony. She won her first orchestral position with the San Antonio Symphony in 2009, while pursuing her master’s degree at The Juilliard School. Ms. Fralick completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Jeffrey Hall and Gordon Wolfe, and also spent one year at McGill University. She has performed with major orchestras in San Francisco, Montreal, Boston, Malaysia, Utah, and Jacksonville. She played two summers in the prestigious Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
An active educator, Vanessa is on faculty at the University of Toronto, the National Music Camp of Canada, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and is the brass coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Vanessa also performs frequently as a soloist, most recently as a guest artist at Trombonanza 2017 in Argentina, at the 2016 International Trombone Festival in New York City and at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C. She has won first prize in several major competitions, including the 2012 Elora Festival Competition, 2011 Montreal Symphony Concerto Competition and 2010 Susan Slaughter International Solo Brass Competition, where she also performed as a guest artist at the International Women's Brass Conference. In 2009 she won concerto competitions both at Juilliard and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
While in the United States she received two generous grants from the Canada Council of the Arts. She is an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra and National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and occasionally plays alongside her brass-playing parents in the Niagara Symphony Orchestra in her hometown of St. Catharines, ON. She is also a core member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's beach volleyball team, the Gustav Bahlers.
In 2013, during her time as a member of the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony, Vanessa recorded a full length album of trombone quartets entitled Fleur de Lis.
JAMES JUSTIN KENT
James Kent was born in Washington, D.C., and is currently the Tenor and Bass Trombonist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Daniel Harding. He has given master classes, performed recitals and concerts, and taught aspiring young trombone students throughout the United States, Sweden, Germany, Austria, and across the globe. He currently holds teaching positions at Eastern Music Festival and the Norddeutsche Orchesterakademie (North German Orchestra Academy).
Kent’s first position of note was as Principal Trombone with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Metha. He then won a position in a newly founded orchestra in Qatar, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He spent over four years in Qatar playing Co-Principal trombone where several renowned conductors conducted regularly, including Lorin Maazel, Dmitri Kitajenko, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Minkowski, and James Gaffigan. Kent also performed with rock bands, big bands, and small jazz combos while living in Qatar with “Doha Jazz.” While in Qatar, he held trombone teaching positions at the Qatar Music Academy and the American School of Doha. In 2012, Kent became the second/bass trombonist with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourg. The following year, he was named Solo Trombonist with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, where we played for over six seasons. During his time in Austria, he premiered and recorded Philip Glass’ 11th Symphony along with the lost Mass of Baroque composer Franz Anton Ertl found in the Wilhering abbey.
Kent has also performed with numerous orchestras across the world, including Munich Philharmonic (Germany), Gürzenich Orchester Cologne (Germany), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich (Switzerland), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Germany), Boston Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Germany), NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover (Germany), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Niederbayerische Philharmonie (Germany), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Kärntner Sinfonieorchester (Austria), Hong Kong Philharmonic (China), and many others.
James is a Littin performing artist @littin_germany
Michael Kris is a Teaching Professor at the University of North Carolina, and he is also part of the teaching faculty at Duke University, Eastern Music Festival, and National Music Festival. An active performer, he is Bass Trombone with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and Principal Trombone of the North Carolina Opera Orchestra, Carolina Ballet Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is a former member of the North Carolina Symphony, serving as both Principal Trombone and Second Trombone and has performed with several orchestras throughout the eastern United States. Additionally, Kris is Artistic Director and Trombonist with the early music group Ensemble Collina.
Apart from his ensemble work, Kris is an active soloist and clinician performing and teaching internationally. Most recently, he presented concerts in 2019 at the prestigious Salzburg Festival and was a guest clinician in November 2019 at the Universität Mozarteum in Austria. At the University of North Carolina, he teaches low brass and chamber music, and his research focuses on the use of trombone in ensemble music of the late Renaissance and chamber music of the early Baroque.
Kris attended McNeese State University, earning a Bachelor of Music Education followed by a Master of Music in Trombone Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers are William G. Rose and Tony Chipurn, Principal Trombone (retired) of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Osborne currently holds the position as Second Trombone at the Sarasota Orchestra. Since his appointment in 2019, he has been performing with many orchestras throughout the northeast, such as the Atlanta Symphony, Charleston Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. Steven has been training with some of the most revered orchestral musicians of our time, Joseph Alessi and David Finlayson of the New York Philharmonic, as well as Nathan Zgonc of the Atlanta Symphony. Steven is also an accredited life coach through the Life’s Purpose Institute, using his passion to serve others in and outside the music community. In the summers he attended some of the most prestigious music festivals, such as Aspen Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. He was a member of the 511 brass quintet, the artist in residence at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and St. Paul Church in New York City. Steven has received his masters diploma at the Juilliard School where he studied Trombone Performance with the principal chair of the New York Philharmonic, Joseph Alessi and received his Bachelors at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with the Second Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, David Finlayson.