Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Heavy Brass: Ben David Aronson
Ben David Aronson has established himself as a versatile performer in the Rochester community and Upstate NY. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Harrisburg, Altoona and Williamsport symphonies, the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, Finger Lakes Opera, Sinfonietta Cordancia and Symphoria. In the summer of 2006, he traveled to the Greek island of Lesvos to perform in the Aegean Verdi Festival. A passionate chamber musician, he is a member of the Plymouth Brass Quintet and the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet. Ben David is a new member of Colossus, a big band comprised of students and professionals from the Eastman School of Music, and has had the distinct pleasure of playing with Orquesta Antonetti, Rochester’s premiere Latin orchestra.
Completing the prestigious Doctoral Studies Program at the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Aronson has performed and toured with several Eastman ensembles. He has performed with the renowned Eastman Trombone Choir at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and has also joined the Choir at the 2011 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, where they were the winners of the Emory Remington Trombone Choir Competition. In 2013, Ben David was honored to perform in the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s 60th Anniversary celebration and participated in the Ensemble’s tour to MusicFest Canada, held at the University of Toronto.
In addition to his studies at Eastman, Mr. Aronson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rochester’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he majored in Music and studied trombone with RPO principal trombonist and Eastman Professor Mark Kellogg. He also holds the Master’s Degree of Music in trombone performance from the Penn State School of Music, where he served as Teaching Assistant to Professor Mark L. Lusk and the Penn State Trombone Choir.
On Saturday, March 22, I was playing with the Eastman Trombone Choir at the Eastern Trombone Workshop (ETW) in Ft. Myer, VA near Washington DC. Fortunately, the entire 4-day workshop was recorded and posted on Youtube. I'm including a link to Saturday's video: the trombone choir starts at around 9:20:00. Please check it out when you have a chance. I think this was a really cool concert, and I'm very proud of the way we played!
A passionate educator, Mr. Aronson is a faculty member of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance where he teaches trombone, low brass, brass chamber music, and directs the Hochstein Trombone Choir. He also maintains a private teaching studio in the Rochester community. Each summer, he assists the faculty of the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute. In the summer of 2012, he served as Instructor of trombone and brass chamber Music at the Penn State Summer Music Camp. Ben David is very excited to begin his appointment to the Eastman Community Music School, where he will direct the New Horizons Brass Ensemble and the New Horizons Trombone Choir.
Photo Gallery of the Eastern Trombone Workshop, March 22, 2014
Click on the image above to go to the You Tube video.
Student Degree Lecture Recital - Ben David Aronson, trombone
April 18, 2014 Ciminelli Formal Lounge
"The good ensemble work, which included well synchronized pizzicatos in the low strings, was soon followed by nicely phrased solo passages for violin (Peter Rovit), flute (Deborah Coble) and clarinet (John Friedrichs). Impressive individual efforts continued with a sublime tenor trombone solo evoking a Russian Orthodox chant upon which the composer based the melodic material for the work. This solo passage is actually indicated for second trombone — a curious technique Rimsky-Korsakov used in his symphonic poem Scheherazade, as well. Trombonist Ben David Aronson delivered the chant as would a singer, with a large tone and full-bodied projection. Aronson was rightfully singled out for a solo bow at the conclusion of the work."
Syracuse Symphonia Northern Lights Concert, November 8, 2014
Symphoria goes ‘all in’ for conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, reaches new artistic high
The orchestra’s impressive Masterworks program, anchored by Tchaikovsky’s cathartic Sixth Symphony