Peter Ellefson

Professor of Music (Trombone); Chair, Department of Brass

Indiana University Bloomington,  Jacobs School of Music

Trombonist Peter Ellefson grew up in southern Oregon and now holds the rank of Professor of Music at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he is also Chair of the Brass Department. Prof. Ellefson has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Boston, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National and Oregon Symphonies, among others. A former member of the Seattle Symphony, performing on trombone, tenor tuba and bass trumpet, he also served as principal trombone for many cycles of Seattle Opera productions of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Prof. Ellefson is a frequent recitalist, soloist and clinician both in the U.S. and internationally. Composers Anthony Barfield, James Stephenson and Kevin Walczyk have written concertos for him. Chamber music credits include: Canadian Brass, Chicago Chamber Musicians, CSO Brass, Chicago Trombone Consort, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Proteus 7, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Trombones de Costa Rica. Prof. Ellefson has taught at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, the University of Costa Rica, the Music Academy of the West and the Alessi Seminar. In addition to many orchestral and chamber recordings, his solo CD releases are, “Pura Vida” (2010), “À la manière de Defaye” (2017) and the recently released “3” (2019).
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