Arkansas Trombone Workshop

The Arkansas Trombone Workshop aims to celebrate everything trombone with workshops, master classes, performances, demonstrations and a high school solo competition. Featured performances will be held by the RAZORBONES, Dr. Cory Mixdorf (U of A trombone professor), and our guest artists Adam Rainey (Kansas City Symphony) and Dr.  Brittany Lasch (Bowling Green State University).

  • Audience: The event is geared for anyone who loves the trombone, but primarily high school students, students from other colleges and adults who wish to learn more about the trombone. The solo competition, however is open only to current juniors and seniors in high school who wish to be a music major in college.
  • Date: February 23, 2019
  • Times: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm, see below for full schedule of events.
  • Location: Faulkner Performing Arts Center (FPAC)
    Free parking is readily available in the parking structure on Stadium Drive, just south of the FPAC.
  • Fee: $25 for early registration, before February 2.
    $40 after February 2 and at the door.
  • High School Solo Competition: See bottom of page for details.
  • Register: Registration is now open
      • Note: Registration may only be completed by individuals over the age of 18. If the participant is under 18, an adult must create an account, then add the participant's information.

Faculty Bios

Christopher DavisA La Grange, KY, native, Adam Rainey joined the Kansas City Symphony as bass trombonist at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

In 2012, Adam made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream under the baton of Bernard Haitink. Additionally, he recorded John Williams' Fanfare for Fenway with the Boston Pops under Williams in celebration of the first centennial of Fenway Park. From 2011-2012, Adam was a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center where he performed under: Kurt Masur, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Stefan Asbury, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, John Williams, Andris Nelsons, Marcelo Lehninger, Charles Dutoit, Jaap Van Sweden, and Christoph von Dohnányi. Adam has also performed with the Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo), Vermont Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic.

Adam received his Bachelor's and Master's of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. During which, he received 2nd prize at the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition and was a finalist at the International Trombone Association's Edward Kleinhammer Competition. His teachers include Douglas Yeo, James Markey, Randy Hawes, Toby Oft, Steve Lange, Norman Bolter, Mike Roylance, Peter Norton, and Brett Shuster.



Brittany LaschAs the 2nd Place winner of the 2017-2018 American Prize, trombonist Brittany Lasch has appeared as soloist with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, the Queens Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. With playing described as “masterful” (Syracuse Post-Standard), Brittany was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Trombone at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she previously served as Instructor of Trombone. Brittany was also recently appointed Principal Trombone of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra at the Detroit Opera House and will begin her position at the start of the 2018-2019 season.

Brittany was a winner of Astral Artist’s 2017 National Auditions. Additionally, she was as the winner of the 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Band, the 2010 Eisenberg-Fried Brass Concerto Competition and she was the recipient of the Zulalian Foundation Award in 2014. Her trombone quartet Boston Based was named the winner of the 2017 International Trombone Association’s Quartet Competition.

Brittany was a finalist in the 2015 International Trombone Association Frank Smith Solo Competition, and has received prizes from the 2015 Enkor Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Competition, the 2010 Queens Symphony Young Soloist Competition, and the 2006 International Women’s Brass Conference Competition, as well as the International Trombone Association’s Larry Wiehe Solo Competition and Gilberto Gagliardi Competition. Upon graduation from the Manhattan School of Music, she received the coveted John Clark Award for outstanding accomplishment in Brass Performance.

Brittany has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Albany Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Symphoria, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She participated in the Verbier Festival Orchestra for two summers, and has also appeared at the Spoleto USA Festival, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Castleton Festival, in the National Repertory Orchestra, and at the Aspen Music Festival. She has also been a participant in the prestigious Alessi Trombone Seminar in Fossano, Italy, and in the Summer Trombone Workshop at Temple University.

A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Brittany Lasch earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, where she received the Brass Department Award. She also holds a Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music. With a deep commitment to education, she has been a featured teacher and performer at workshops such as the Midwest Trombone Tuba Euphonium Conference at Eastern Illinois University and Trombonafide in Wichita, Kansas. She has presented masterclasses at institutions such as Youngstown State University, Louisiana State University, Towson University, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Her principal teachers include Toby Oft, Scott Hartman, and Steve Norrell.

Brittany Lasch is an Edwards Trombone Performing Artist. Brittany also uses and endorses ChopSaver Lip Care.


MixdorfDr. Cory Mixdorf is thrilled to be a part of the distinguished faculty at the University of Arkansas.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University.

While maintaining a strong studio, Dr. Mixdorf sustains a regular schedule as a guest artist and clinician on the national and international levels. In addition to frequent solo recital tours, his most recent endeavors include: presenting at the 2016 International Trombone Festival at The Juilliard School, performing at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop, touring Germany and recording a CD with the brass ensemble, Eurobrass and traveling to the Universidade de Brasilia where he was invited to solo with the Trombones Sociedade Anônima and give a master class to the University's trombone students. Dr. Mixdorf was also fortunate to have been selected as a fellow in the 2011 Alessi Seminar in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Outside of his collegiate duties, Dr. Mixdorf enjoys performing with several area ensembles. He is the current Principal Trombonist of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the Acting Second Trombonist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Brass Band, a group with which he recorded the album, A Christmas Festival.

While attending Indiana University, he held the positions of Principal and Second Trombone in the Columbus, IN Philharmonic from 2006-2009. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indiana University Symphonic Band where he performed Richard Peaslee's Arrows of Time. Dr. Mixdorf has also toured with the Mr. Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band.

Before his appointment at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Mixdorf served as Assistant Professor of Trombone at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, adjunct instructor of brass at Vincennes University, associate instructor at Indiana University, and adjunct instructor of trombone at St. Ambrose University.

His principal teachers include Peter Ellefson, M. Dee Stewart, Nancy Vogt, D. Paul Pollard, Bruce Tychinski, and Brad Edwards. Dr. Mixdorf is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.

When not playing trombone, Dr. Mixdorf spends every minute possible with his beloved wife Elizabeth and children, Miles, Madelyn, Mason, Meyer, and Montgomery.


10:00  Registration/Exhibits

10:30  Morning recital

11:15  Dr. Brittany Lasch clinic

12:30  Lunch (included with registration fee)

1:30    High School Solo Competition Final Round

2:15    Mr. Adam Rainey masterclass

3:30    Trombone ensemble reading session

4:30    RAZORBONES recital

6:00    Evening recital


Open to current high school juniors and seniors who wish to major in music at the University of Arkansas

  • Finalist scholarship awards are as follows:
    • 1st place: $6,000/yr
    • 2nd place: $5,000/yr
    • 3rd place: $4,000/yr
    • For out-of-state finalists, scholarships include a minimum 70% out-of-state tuition waiver
    • Awards contingent upon:
      • Acceptance into the U of A
      • Maintained university GPA of 2.75
      • Faculty approval
      • Subject to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0
  • Repertoire
    • Tenor Trombonists
      • For All-State auditions, most regional states include at least one etude from the Melodious Etudes for Trombone book by Bordogni/Rochut (Carl Fischer Music, publisher). Using the most current edition of the book (which includes piano accompaniment pdfs), record one of your All-State etudes with piano. You can purchase the book at, item #086846.
    • Bass Trombonists                   
      • Etude #10 from Lew Gillis' 20 Etudes for Bass Trombone. The book is available at, item #001516. Record yourself performing the etude with this piano accompaniment.
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Submissions must include live piano accompaniment
    • Submissions must be in MP3 format and less than 10MB
    • Email submissions to Dr. Cory Mixdorf on or before February 2, 2018.