Prospective Students



We are always in search of talented trombonists to join the UTMBones. This page provides information about what UTM has to offer and how you can apply to become a member of the trombone studio. We have scholarships available for music majors and music minors, and also offer band activity scholarships for music majors, music minors, and those who only wish to continue playing as a non-major. Use the tabs below to view more information about the possibilities.


Trombone at UTM

The Department of Music at The University of Tennessee at Martin is part of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts and has a long reputation of producing outstanding music educators. The Department is housed in the recently renovated, state-of-the-art Fine Arts Building that opened in fall 2013.


The trombone studio has a long history of fine teachers, beginning with longtime Professor of Trombone E.J. Eaton. Other UTM trombone professors include Dr. Jeremy Kowlinska and Mathew Stratton. In June of 2011, Dr. Joseph W. Frye was hired as the Assistant Professor of Trombone, effective Fall 2011.


In addition to Dr. Frye, UT Martin has other faculty in the brass area who are among the finest teachers and performers on their respective instruments: Kurt Gorman, trumpet, Jessie Thoman, horn, and Bill Waterman, tuba & euphonium.


The music program at UT Martin is a unique environment for study. The faculty members are dynamic, creative, innovative, and are able to tailor their teaching to address the specific needs and goals of each student. The Department of Music currently offers degree programs including Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education, Music Pedagogy, and Music Performance, or Bachelor of Arts.


One of the greatest concerns for most incoming students is that of finances. Fortunately, UT Martin is one of the most affordable universities in the country to study music. Use the UTM Net Price Calculator and look at the Tuition and Fees Information to get a more complete picture of the great value that can be found at UT Martin.


Trombone study at UTM includes weekly trombone lessons, weekly trombone studio class, and Trombone Choir. Students also participate in a wide array of large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band) and chamber music ensembles (Bass Quintet, Trombone Quartet). Social activities and collaborations with members of other brass studios create a sense of community within the studio and the brass area. Dr. Frye both challenges and encourages students to strive for and achieve their maximum potential as musicians and as human beings, and works to create an atmosphere of peer support among the studio members.


Want to know more about studying trombone at UT Martin? Contact Dr. Frye for more information. He is always willing and eager to meet, speak, text, skype, or correspond with prospective students (and parents)!


Please explore the other areas of the UTMBones website to learn more about trombone activities & opportunities within the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music.


Trombone Audition Requirements

  • Apply to Audition. March 1st is the deadline to audition and receive full consideration for music scholarships.
  • Contact your prospective studio professor to schedule an audition if no audition date on the online audition form fits your schedule.
  • Make sure you have taken or are scheduled to take the ACT
  • Complete and submit a UTM Admissions Application
  • Review scholarship information and requirements for the Department of Music and UT Martin Scholarships

For Students Pursuing a Music Education or Bachelor of Arts Degree

Please prepare and perform a solo that best highlights your current abilities. Choose material that is competitive at the district or (preferably) state contest level, and demonstrates both technical and musical skill. It is strongly recommended that you select and prepare your audition material under the supervision of your private instructor and/or band director.


Though there are many pieces that are technically and musically more difficult than those suggested below, please carefully choose material that best represents what you can perform well, NOT what you have yet to learn. If you have any questions about audition repertoire, please email Dr. Joseph Frye or call 731.881.3403.


One solo from the standard trombone repertoire OR two contrasting études (One lyrical, one technical) that best demonstrates the student's highest level of technical AND musical achievement. Some Examples include:

Tenor Trombone Solos

  • Morceau Symphonique, Guilmant
  • Andante et Allegro, Barat
  • Concertino, David (Mvt. 1 & 2)
  • Sonatas Galliard (3 to 4 contrasting mvts.)

Tenor Trombone Études

  • Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Bordogni/Rocut
  • Selected Studies for Trombone, Voxman
  • Clef Studies, Blazhevich
  • 40 Progressive Studies for Trombone, Tyrell

Bass Trombone Solos

  • Sonata, McCarty
  • Barcarolle et Chanson, Selmer-Collery
  • Andante and Rondo, Capuzzi
  • Cameos Jacob (2 to 3 contrasting mvts.)

Bass Trombone Études

  • Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Bordogni/Rocut (Played 8vb)
  • 70 Progressive Studies for the Modern Bass Trombone, Gillis
  • 70 Studies for BBb Tuba, Blazhevich
  • Advanced Studies for BBb Bass, Tyrell

Major Scales

All 12 major scales, two octaves from memory. Arpeggios are optional, but encouraged.

Sight Reading

All auditioning students should expect to sightread at their audition.

For Trombone Students Pursuing a Music Performance Degree


One solo, OR two contrasting etudes (one lyrical, one technical) that demonstrates the student's highest level of technical AND musical achievement. See the list above for suggested repertoire.

Jazz Improvisation**/Orchestral Excerpts

Two contrasting charts (Blues in F or Bb, and a jazz standard from the “RealBook”),
OR four contrasting excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. Some examples include:

  • Mozart, Tuba Mirum from the Requiem (2nd trombone solo)
  • Berlioz, Hungarian March (2nd trombone)
  • Wagner, Ride of the Valkyrie, B Major Section (1st trombone)
  • Ravel, Bolero (1st trombone solo)

Major Scales

All 12 major scales, two octaves from memory. Arpeggios are optional, but encouraged.

Sight Reading

All auditioning students should expect to sightread at their audition.


**If you select to perform a Jazz Improvisation portion of an audition, a taped accompaniment or Aebersold play along accompaniment disc is required.**


Contact Dr. Frye for additional information.