Graduate Assistants and Fellows

Wlson, December 2013

Robert Parker

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Trombone

Originally from central North Carolina, trombonist Robert Parker is an active performer and educator in the United States, appearing in performances with the Tallahassee Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Durham Symphony, Carolina Brass, and Greensboro Opera Company.  Parker was also a founding member of the Seminole Trombone Quartet while a student at Florida State University, which received first alternate prize in the 2014-2015 ITA international quartet competition.  In 2015, Robert was a member of the participant class at the Southeast Trombone Symposium in Columbus, GA.

As a soloist, Robert has performed in recitals and masterclasses at various universities and festivals, including The University of Iowa, UNC-Greensboro, Florida State University, the Southeast Trombone Symposium, and the North Carolina Trombone Festival.  Additionally, Robert was a finalist in the FSU young artist competition (2014).

As an educator, Robert has conducted masterclasses, clinics, lessons, and has maintained an active private studio.  Students of Robert Parker have successfully auditioned for placement into graduate school programs, undergraduate music programs, all-district, all-state, as well as the North Carolina Governor’s School.

Robert is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he serves as a teaching assistant for the trombone studio.  At Iowa, Robert maintains a studio of undergraduate students, coaches chamber ensembles, and serves as music director of the University of Iowa Trombone Choir.  Robert holds degrees from Florida State University (MM), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BM).  His primary teachers include David Gier, Jonathan Allen, John Drew, and Randy Kohlenberg.


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Graduate Teaching Assistant, Trombone & Introduction to Film Music

A native of Olympia, Washington trombonist Caleb Lambert began his studies on euphonium in the 5th grade and later took up trombone in the 6th grade on the advice of his band teacher. After moving to Chicago in 2007 Mr. Lambert earned both a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance and a master of music in orchestral studies from Roosevelt University where he studied with Jay Friedman and Peter Ellefson. In addition to his duties as 2nd trombone for Orchestra Iowa, Mr. Lambert is also the principal trombone for the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. As an active performer he has worked with the Chicago Symphony, South Bend Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Chicago Brass, and many others. Just as comfortable on valves as he is with his slide Mr. Lambert was the Grand Prize Winner of the Chicago Brass Festival’s Solo Competition on euphonium and can often be seen performing on euphonium and bass trumpet in the Chicago area. As an educator Mr. Lambert has taught classes in chamber music and trombone pedagogue at some of America’s leading music conservatories including the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, New England Conservatory, University of the Pacific, Southern Oregon University, University of Las Vegas, Western Illinois University, California State University, Sacramento and many more. In 2013 he was the trombone faculty at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute.