Dr. Jonathan Sayre Allen

Lecturer in Trombone

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Dr. Jonathan Allen

Dr. Jonathan Allen

Dr. Jonathan Sayre Allen currently serves as a lecturer in trombone at The University of Iowa. Before this appointment, Jonathan served as an adjunct instructor of low brass at St. Ambrose University. His students have won positions in regional and all-state bands, orchestras, and jazz bands.

While a student at Northern Colorado, Jonathan began his professional career by winning a position in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square (UT), Dr. Allen performed weekly international television and radio broadcasts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, in addition to performing on several audio and video recordings with the ensemble. Allen has performed with the Quad-City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony (now Orchestra Iowa), Utah Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Cheyenne Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony and The Temptations. In addition, he has appeared on several film soundtracks and commercial recordings.

Allen has served as web-assistant for the International Trombone Association and was a founding member and Co-Chair of the Student Board of Directors for the ITA.

Dr. Allen holds degrees from The University of Iowa, University of Utah, and the University of Northern Colorado. His teachers have included Edwin “Buddy” Baker, Dr. Nathaniel Wickham, Larry Zalkind, Dr. Donn Schaefer, and Dr. David Gier.

Benjamin Hahn

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Benjamin Hahn

Benjamin Hahn

Ben Hahn is currently pursuing his Masters of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he serves as the teaching assistant to Dr. Jonathan Allen.

As a performer, Ben has received numerous awards including First Alternate for the Larry Wiehe Tenor Trombone Competition in 2020 and 2018 as well as Second Alternate for the same competition in 2019.  Furthermore, Ben was named one of three winners for Western Michigan University’s Concerto Competition during the 2019-2020 School Year.  

Ben received his Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Western Michigan University in 2020.  His principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Allen, Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger, and Mr. Dan Mattson.