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Faculty News : Aug 20, 2018

New trombonist slides into SOM faculty

Jemmie Robertson, an Edwards performing artist, recently joined the SOM faculty as an Assistant Professor of Trombone. Robertson is a founding member of the American Trombone Quartet and most recently taught at Eastern Illinois University from 2009 to 2018, where he was an Associate Professor.

Robertson recently performed the Albinoni Concerto, Op. 9, No. 2, as a soloist with the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado. This summer the EIU Crossbones Jazz Trombone Ensemble was featured at the International Trombone Festival where Robertson also performed the world premiere of Mark Rheaume’s Trombone Concerto and John Cheetham’s Variations on a Chorale Brahms Chorale. Robertson has been an active musician throughout the Midwest and performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 12 weeks in the Spring and Summer of 2018 including the world premiere performances of the opera An American Soldier by Huang Ruo. This summer he also performed with the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professor’s Choir at both STS 2018 and ITF 2018.

Robertson has also performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Opera Theater of St. Louis and many others. Robertson studied at Northwestern University (DM 2006), Yale (MM 2003), and UNC-Greeley (BM 1997). Jemmie has three published solo CDs: Collaborations (2017), Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014) and A New Day Dawning (2008), which the ITA Journal stated is “expertly interpreted and performed with personality, charm, and precision,” adding “Jemmie Robertson is not just an accomplished trombonist, but a true artist of the instrument who has taken the time to craft his artistic vision of each piece.”