Sequenza is the name borne by fourteen compositions for solo instruments or voice by Luciano Berio. The fifth composition of the series was written for trombone and is a substantial contribution to the repertoire. In addition to honoring Berio, our name translates to "sequence", something that occurs frequently in music of all styles. The trombone quartet repertoire provides many examples of sequence, employing four equal voices that must play in the same style and with seamless elision.
James Albrecht is currently the Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Akron. Prior to his appointment in Akron, he was the 2nd trombonist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct professor at Dyersburg State Community College. He has served as acting utility trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Honolulu Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, and many regional orchestras around the country.
Dr. Albrecht began his undergraduate work at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis. He has also attended many summer festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC.
Dr. Albrecht can be seen performing with the Cleveland Orchestra on their Bruckner Symphony No. 7 DVD and heard on many Pittsburgh Symphony CDs.
Through the years, Dr. Albrecht has been fortunate to study with some of the greatest brass virtuosi and pedagogues including Peter Sullivan, Tony Chipurn, Richard Stout, Mark Lawrence, David Finlayson, Steve Witser and Edward Zadrozny.
Dr. Alan Carr directs the Dean of Faculty Concert Series, teaches low brass, and manages the applied music program at Bates College. Previously, he was on the music faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin. Alan has performed with the Alabama, Baltimore, Dubuque, and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, the American Brass Quintet, the Isthmus Brass Ensemble, the King’s Brass, and Ensemble ACJW of Carnegie Hall. In June 2016, Alan will perform at the International Trombone Festival at Juilliard. Since 2015, he has participated in the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Trombone Choir, comprised of trombone artist-faculty from across the country. In addition to his work at Bates, Alan is a founding member of the Sequenza Trombone Quartet. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Yale University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be heard on the Summit, Albany and Naxos record labels and is an Edwards Instrument performing artist.
Kirk Ferguson was named Assistant Principal Trombonist with the Milwaukee Symphony in September, 2011. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, he served as Principal Trombonist with the Spokane Symphony, Co-Principal Trombonist with the Malaysian Philharmonic and Associate Principal Trombonist with the Honolulu Symphony. He is also a former member of the River City Brass Band in Pittsburgh, PA. Kirk has performed with the Clarion Brass Choir, Seattle Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Akron Symphony, Wheeling Symphony and Lincoln Center Festival. Kirk was named a participant for the 2009 and 2011 Alessi Seminars.
Kirk is currently adjunct professor of low brass at Wisconsin Lutheran College and has served as an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and the University of Idaho. Kirk received his Masters degree from The Juilliard School, studying under Joseph Alessi and his Bachelors degree from Duquesne University, studying under Peter Sullivan and Murray Crewe. He has also studied under Per Brevig, Peter Ellefson, William Conable, Leo Potts and Jay Mason. Kirk is a native of Trade City, PA. Kirk lives in Milwaukee with his wife Mary and their two dogs, Frank and Annie. Kirk is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Tony Weikel, originally from Buffalo, NY, attended SUNY College at Fredonia where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. While at Fredonia he received a Performer’s Certificate in trombone. Tony then attended Duquesne University where he earned his Master of Music degree in trombone performance. After graduation, he spent time freelancing in the greater Pittsburgh area. Tony then attended Indiana University, continuing his graduate work focusing on trombone performance. After his time at IU and freelancing in the greater Indianapolis area, he began attending Ohio State University to pursue his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in trombone. Tony is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trombone studio at OSU. While in Columbus he has thrived as a freelancer while keeping a busy teaching schedule. Tony has been extremely fortunate to study with many fine trombonists including Barry Kilpatrick, Carl Mazzio, Scott Parkinson, Pete Sullivan, Peter Ellefson and Joe Duchi.
Tony has had the privilege of playing with many orchestras during his career, including five seasons as second trombone in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Carmel Symphony and Canton Symphony. He has also had success in many different chamber groups, including The Pittsburgh Brass Quintet, an in-residence group at First Lutheran Church, downtown Pittsburgh. Currently he plays with Columbus Brass Works, a brass quintet based in Columbus, OH and Sequenza Trombone Quartet, based in the greater Mid-West region.