Alumni award winner to perform at Linfield

A master class and trombone recital featuring Peter Ellefson, 1984 Linfield graduate and Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, will be held at Linfield College.

The master class will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center. The solo trombone recital will take place Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Ellefson is a professor of trombone at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He will present a master class with performance opportunities for Linfield students as well as students from local colleges, universities and high schools. Debra Huddleston, Linfield adjunct professor of music, will assist in both the master class and the solo recital.

The solo trombone recital will include works by Igor Stravinsky, Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, and compositions in the style of these composers by Jean-Michel Defaye in addition to the “Deux Danses” by Defaye. Ellefson and Joan Haaland Paddock, Linfield professor of music, will perform “Cousins” for cornet and trombone duet by Herbert L. Clarke. Ellefson will perform the virtuosic theme and variations for trombone in Arthur Pryor’s “The Blue Bells of Scotland.”

Ellefson is also a lecturer and artist teacher at Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. He has performed, recorded and toured internationally with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Ellefson has also performed with the Boston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Oregon Symphony. He has given concerto performances of works by Bloch, Bourgeois, Deemer, Dorsey, Grøndahl, Guilmant, Larsson, Maslanka, Pryor, Pugh, Serocki, Tomasi, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rouse. Ellefson has also taught at the University of Costa Rica and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He has taught trombonists in the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony as well as several of the premiere military bands in Washington, D.C. His solo CD, “Pura Vida,” was released in March 2010.

Paddock received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied trumpet with Charles Gorham and conducting with Ray Cramer. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Norway, Paddock studied at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and has conducted bands and brass groups in Alaska, Canada, Israel, Jordan and Mexico. She has also performed as trumpet soloist in the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Paddock has performed with Oregon’s Britt Festival Orchestra trumpet section, the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. It is sponsored by Linfield Department of Music and Office of College Relations. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.