IU Studio Bios - Fall 2014
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In 2013, he performed Danish composer Launy Grøndahl’s Concerto as a soloist with the Campinas State University (UNICAMP) Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, he performed Swiss composer Erick-Larsson’s Concertino as a soloist with the same ensemble. In 2009, he fronted the Villa-Lobos Symphonic Band, performing the solo from Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov’s Concerto.
At UNICAMP, Felipe was the Assistant Teacher of Trombone at the Pre-College of Music. In his native city of Itu, he served as the Band Director at the City of Itu – Anglo High School.
Felipe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance at UNICAMP, where he studied under Robson de Nadai. He also received his Performance Diploma from the São Paulo State School of Music, where he studied under Gilberto Gianelli and Carlos Freitas.
In May of 2013, shortly after completing his Performance Diploma at JSOM, Felipe went on tour, performing the Tomasi Concerto, Hindemith Sonata, and Telemann Sonata in several cities throughout Brazil, including Campinas, Piracicaba, and São Paulo.
Felipe is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Bloomington, Indiana at the Jacobs School of Music, where he studies under Peter Ellefson, Dee Stewart, and Carl Lenthe.
In addition to “slaying the competition with his mad trombone flow,” Dan’s talents lie in smothering people with his massive body during pickup basketball games, trolling his friends in sports video games, spilling condiments on himself, complaining about how hot it is outside, and chugging light beer.
In the future, Dan hopes to go to grad school, play in a military ensemble, and own a cat named Beef.
Prior to her return to Indiana University, Tiffany served as the Director of Bands at New Prairie United School Corporation in New Carlisle, Indiana. Under her direction, the program received consistent unanimous gold ratings at numerous band festivals, including two state titles. Tiffany was also a quarter-finalist for the first Music Educator Grammy Award in 2013.
Ryan's previous teachers include Megumi Kanda of the Milwaukee Symphony, and Thomas Riccobono, Professor of trombone at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Principal trombonist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Ryan Krofta has attended the International Trombone Festival two years, working as a student worker. He has also attended the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, National Brass Symposium, the Midwest Clinic, Interlochen Arts Camp, and is an alum of the Interlochen Arts Academy.
When Ryan is away from the trombone he loves mountain biking, listening to vinyl records, being outdoors and listening to live music.
In 2014, he was a member of the University of Texas Trombone Choir that received a runner-up placement in the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. In 2011, he was also a member of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Trombone Choir that received an honorable mention.
As a soloist, Rolando won the 2012 Texas A&M University-Kingsville Concerto Competition and had a featured performance of Johan De Meij’s T-Bone Concerto with the TAMUK Wind Symphony. He also received an honorable mention in the 2011 Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition.
Rolando is an active member of the International Trombone Association and is an alumni member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.