Pre-College Trombone

June 20 – 25, 2022

This program, for senior high trombonists, provides the opportunity to develop advanced technical and interpretive skills in a variety of musical styles and genres through masterclasses, individual lessons, chamber ensembles and private practice time. Students are exposed to a wide range of repertoire and learn about diverse facets of trombone literature and performance practice. Trombone students will have the opportunity to perform in brass quintets, trombone choir, and a brass choir coached by ISYM faculty members as part of the ISYM Pre-College Academy.

Format: In-person on the Urbana-Champaign campus.


  • For students completing grades 8-12.

Typical Daily Schedule

8:15 – 9:15 am: Warm-Up/Master Class
9:30 – 10:30 am: Trombone Choir
10:45 – 11:45 am: Pre-College Chamber Music hour (brass quintets and brass choir)
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 pm: Small Ensemble rehearsal
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Individual Practice
3:45 – 4:45 pm: Brass Chamber Music Seminar
5:15 pm: Dinner and Evening Activities
10:30 pm: Lights out

Application Materials

  • Submit the ISYM Application Form
  • There is no audition requirement for acceptance to this program.
  • Acceptance notifications are sent on a rolling basis.

Accepted Students

  • Additional information will be available after April 1, 2022, including audition information for placement within the program.


  • Resident – $850 (tuition, room and board)
  • Commuter – $550 (tuition and lunch only)

Program Faculty

Elliot Chasanov, The University of Illinois

Now in his third decade at the University of Illinois, Elliot Chasanov was appointed Professor of Trombone with permanent tenure in 1991. As a soloist, Chasanov has presented recitals in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including The Royal Academy of Music in London and Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin College of Music. In December 2001 he was featured as trombone soloist with the Polish National Philharmonic-Bialystok and presented a solo recital in Florianka, Krakow’s famed chamber concert hall.

Read more about Professor Chasanov here.