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Trombone Faculty

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Patrick Crossland

Junior Session

BM, University of Southern Mississippi

MM, Manhattan School of Music

DKA, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
DMA, University of Minnesota

Joined LMC Faculty in 2024

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I have had the good fortune to participate in a wide range of performance experiences.  I have presented solo recitals, masterclasses, and concerto performances at festivals and on university and conservatory campuses in the USA and in Europe. I am an active chamber musician, performing with the Composers Slide Quartet (a trombone quartet dedicated to premiering new works) and with the Crossland/Moore trombone and piano duo (forthcoming recording of works by John Cage). I enjoy playing as a substitute with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and various regional orchestras in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland. I often perform as an improviser in festivals and venues throughout the USA and Europe and have recorded with a number of world-renowned improvisers.


What excites you most about Luzerne Music Center?

2024 will be my first summer teaching at Luzerne Music Center. I have heard so much about LMC and I am anxious to have the opportunity to work with students and colleagues in an intensive way in such a beautiful and inspiring setting! I believe I have a lot to offer and can’t wait for the summer to get here!

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

As a musician who loves to engage in a wide variety of musical styles and situations, I look forward to having the opportunity to share my experience with the campers. As a young musician, I struggled with a number of unfortunate playing habits and challenges I wanted to overcome. I was blessed to have several fantastic teachers over the years. Their collective wisdom and skill have not only shaped me into becoming a better musician, but have also inspired me to strive to be a nurturing and attentive teacher. 

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Elisabeth Shafer

Senior Session

BM, Temple University

MM, Yale University
DMA, Boston University

Joined LMC Faculty in 2022

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I teach at The University of Akron and have performed with a variety of ensembles both regionally and across the United States, including the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Seraph Brass, Olympic Brass, Barclay Brass, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet. I am honored to have been the featured soloist in performance with a number of ensembles including The University of Akron Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, The University of Akron Orchestra, and Perry High School Symphonic Winds at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference. In 2018, I was a teaching assistant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Trombone Workshop, and in 2020 I was the trombone instructor for Seraph Brass's Online Summer Seminar, where I led classes and taught lessons and masterclasses to students from around the world. Lastly, I am a proud Conn-Selmer performing artist!

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

I am very excited to meet and work with campers and become a part of their journeys as they seek to grow into the musicians they want to be. The atmosphere at Luzerne is so welcoming and warm, and I am thrilled to be a part of that! I look forward to sharing musical experiences and meaningful times together. 

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

The campers can expect tailored instruction to help them grow in their musicianship, practice efficiency, professionalism, technique, ensemble skills, and performance preparation. I love using strengths to develop areas of weakness and tracking progress as we work towards specific goals. My aim is that when campers leave Luzerne, they will have more tools for success than when they started and will be renewed and inspired in their passion for music!

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