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horn studio in concert

​UD Horn Ensemble

John David Smith is professor of horn at UD, and brings to his teaching many years of experience as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician with a number of America’s elite ensembles, including the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.  Mastery of musicianship, horn literature, and audition preparation as well as on/off campus performance opportunities are integral components to the horn student experience. Private lessons are also available to music minors and other non-majors.

Interested high school students are encouraged to plan a campus visit and have a complimentary horn lesson with Dr. Smith to learn more about continuing their music studies at the college level. Please visit the Horn Studio website.

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Trombone section in concert

​UD Slides

The UD Trombone Studio includes students from more than 6 states studying music education and trombone performance at the undergraduate and master's levels as well as honors students and non-majors. Students receive weekly one-hour lessons and participate in a studio class. 

Bruce Tychinski, associate professor of trombone, leads the studio. He is a member of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, Nittany Trombone Quartet, and principal trombonist of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic.

The trombone studio is very active and has garnered a national reputation. The UD Trombone Choir performed at the 2014 International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music and students have been selected for many prestigious summer festivals and honors ensembles. UD also hosts an annual Trombone Day, which brings world-class artists to campus to perform and present master classes. Recent studio alums have gone on to successful performing endeavors in the US and abroad, teaching positions, or received graduate assistantships to further their studies.

 Find out more about the UD Trombone Studio

Delaware Trombone Day is scheduled for February 24, 2018. ​


Trumpet Ensemble in Concert

​Trumpet Ensemble

Students in the UD Trumpet Student are taught by Mark Clodfelter, professor of trumpet, and Chris Underwood, adjunct assistant professor of trumpet.

Professor Clodfelter is a versatile performer of international acclaim and a multiple Grammy-recommended recording artist. He was recently described by Classical Voice North Carolina as "…a stellar world-class trumpeter who's dazzling playing wowed the audience," as "warm toned" by the Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) and "an exceptionally strong performer" by the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Dr. Underwood is an active educator and performer throughout the United States and Europe and has held positions at UNC Pembroke and East Tennessee State University leading master classes, conducting the trumpet ensemble and teaching studio lessons. Dr. Underwood is third trumpet of the Asheville Symphony, solo cornet in the North Carolina Brass Band, principal Trumpet of the Durham Symphony and a member of the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and he frequently performs with Roanoke Symphony and Carolina Philharmonic.


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  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578