Trombone Faculty

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Karla Rojas

Junior Session

BM, Institute of Music (San Jose, Costa Rica)

MM, Loyola University School of Music

Joined LMC Faculty in 2018

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I have been the Principal Trombone of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra since 2014. I previously held positions as Second Trombone with the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Louisiana Opera Orchestra, and perform regularly with many of the premier orchestras of Florida including the Naples Philharmonic and many others. In the Summer of 2017, I was selected through national auditions to attend the Northwestern University Trombone Masterclasses at the Bienen School of Music. Further solo performance opportunities have been with the Sewanee Music Festival Orchestra, The National Orchestra of Costa Rica, the Cartago and Heredia National Bands of Costa Rica. I enjoy performing a wide variety of music and styles and have held many positions in music education and conducting including posts at The National University of Costa Rica and the Conservatorio de Castella, Costa Rica.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I very much enjoy working with young students so that I can help them to develop their abilities and talents to the highest level.  During this process they will achieve the goal of  developing their musical creativity and learning how to perform at the highest level.

What can students expect to learn while working with you this summer?

This Summer at LMC my campers can expect to discover and work toward to achieving their potential on their instrument. I meet each student at the level they are at and work towards strengthening their technical and musical skills on the trombone.

Mike Zion

Senior Session

BM, Indiana University

MM, New England Conservatory

Joined LMC Faculty in 2016

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I have been the Principal Trombone with the Naples Philharmonic and a member of the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet since 1990. With the Naples Philharmonic, I've recorded several CD's and television PBS broadcasts. Additionally, the Naples Philharmonic Brass Quintet was awarded first prize at the Summit Brass International Music Competition and second prize at the Narbonne, France International Brass Quintet Competition. Throughout my career, I've collaborated with an array of world-class musicians, orchestras, conductors and soloists. I have performed as principal trombone with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on tours of Japan and Taiwan and have performed with many world class orchestras and performers in such venues as The Hollywood Bowl, The Tanglewood Music Center, Boston and Chicago Symphony Halls, among others. 

I am currently the trombone instructor at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University. I reside in Naples, Florida, where I continue to play with the Naples Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and present master classes, clinics and give solo recitals.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I am excited about teaching at Luzerne for several reasons:  It has the perfect balance of presenting a wide range of students the best possible camp experience with excellent music education and performances.  It is in a beautiful setting with a wide range of outdoor activities, creating a bonding experience with other students.  The faculty is amazing and they all bring such dedication , experience, passion , and professionalism to their teaching and performing.  Also, the possibility to hear amazing chamber performances by the faculty  is a great asset to the program.

What can students expect to learn while working with you this summer?

As a teacher, I bring years of experience and knowledge to my students.  I was fortunate to study with some of the worlds most respected  trombonists and performers.  When I work with a student, I meet each at their current level of playing, setting up a program of regular goals and exploration to help them on the path to discover their potential.  I focus on the fundamentals of sound, tone production, pitch and rhythm regularly with all of my students. For the older students, I help them identify music schools to audition for,  prepare audition material and help set goals in pursuing a music career if that is their desire.