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Welcome to the GVSU Trombone Studio!

About the Studio

The Grand Valley State University Trombone Studio has been under the direction of Dr. Mark R. Williams since the Fall of 2008.  The trombone studio is composed of a close-knit group of students who share a common interest in improving their skills as trombonists.  All of the students perform in the GVSU Trombone Ensemble which performs concerts each semester.  Studio members also perform in Grand Valley's outstanding ensembles and present solo recitals and chamber music performances.  In addition, master classes and recitals are performed for students each year by guest trombone artists.  Many students also participate in the Grand Rapids Symphony Student Passport program which allows them to purchase $5 tickets to concerts by the Grand Rapids Symphony, one of the finest regional symphony orchestras in the United States.

About the Music Department at Grand Valley State University

The Music Department at Grand Valley State University is focused on undergraduate education.  The department offers curricula leading to three undergraduate degrees:  Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education.  These programs present music in the context of a broad liberal education, provide a course of study for the exceptionally gifted student who is interested in performance, composition, music technology, private studio teaching, or further graduate study, and prepares both vocal and instrumental students for careers in elementary and secondary school teaching. Additionally, the Music Department is committed to providing cultural enrichment to students in all departments and to serving the university community by providing appropriate musical support for all facets of academic life.

About Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan Legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region. Since the first year, when there were 226 students and 14 faculty members, Grand Valley has become a comprehensive university with more than 25,000 students and more than 800 faculty members.  

     An emphasis on academics

Grand Valley State University offers a wide array of liberal arts and sciences as well as professional degree programs in which the focus is on teaching and learning enhanced by active scholarship. A strong liberal education serves as the foundation for all undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding. This combination of educational offerings helps Grand Valley to fulfill its mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. 

     Small classes, big thinkers

The average class size at Grand Valley is 27, which allows for more individualized interaction between professors and students. In addition, faculty members, who are actively engaged in their discipline and highly dedicated to teaching, teach all courses. As a result, students are not taught by teaching assistants. Instead they receive the benefit of responsive faculty and the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships. 

     Enriching the community

The university provides public services, art, entertainment, sports, and cultural programs for the region. Grand Valley's School of Communications and Music and Dance Department offer regularly scheduled plays and concerts. The university athletic teams are consistent leaders in their conference. Grand Valley is licensed to operate the region's public television and radio stations, which are affiliated with PBS and NPR, respectively. The WGVU AM/FM radio and TV stations provide local and network broadcasts, and offer educational and hands-on instructional opportunities for Grand Valley students. 

About Grand Rapids, Michigan

Accessible by free bus transportation from the Allendale campus, Grand Rapids is the second largest city in the state of Michigan.  It has a wealth of cultural opportunities, including the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Opera Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.  The downtown area is home to four outstanding museum, including the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the leading botanical gardens in the world, is just a short drive northeast of the downtown.  The downtown also features over 60 restaurants and a thriving entertainment district.  Grand Rapids also hosts the annual ArtPrize international art competition which this year drew artists from around the world.

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