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Jemmie Robertson's Vita
Jemmie Robertson is Associate Professor of Trombone and Euphonium and the 2015-2016 Faculty Senate Chair at Eastern Illinois University where he performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet and the Faculty Jazz Combo. Jemmie maintains an active studio, enjoys teaching trombone and euphonium, conducts a weekly studio class, directs the Eastern CrossBones, coaches chamber music, organizes guest artists, and is currently president of the Eastern Illinois Trombone Chapter.
Dr. Robertson is currently organizing the 2nd Annual Midwest Trombone Euphonium Conference (MTEC) to take place at EIU October 30th – November1st, 2015 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. MTEC is conceived to promote pedagogy, research and performance for our instruments. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your students are interested in performing or presenting at this new conference.
Jemmie is currently bass-trombonist of the newly formed American Trombone Quartet, which will debut at MTEC 2015 and follow-up that performance with a Spring 2016 tour to Virginia. Jemmie is an active musician in the Chicago area where he has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Tower Brass, and many other area ensembles including the Peoria Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony, the Prairie Ensemble, and the Danville Symphony.
In 2006, Jemmie completed a DM at Northwestern University. Jemmie also holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, Jemmie was a member of the Virginia Symphony and the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. Jemmie has performed and/or presented at the 1999 & 2006 Alessi Seminars; the 2004, 2008, and 2013 International Trombone Festivals; at several Eastern Trombone Workshops; and at the 2013 Big Twelve Trombone Festival, Illinois Music Educator’s Conference, Mid-west Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the Harvey Phillip’s Northwest Big Brass Bash.
In 2015, he released his second solo CD, The Conditions of a Solitary Bird, featuring unaccompanied works by Lawrence Borden, Frigyes Hidas, and Phil Snedecor. His first solo CD, A New Day Dawning, was released on the MSR Classics Label in 2008. Dr. Robertson presented at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in May 2014, returned as a member of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra in Summer 2015 (Member since 2000) and returned as Principal Trombone of the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra in Spring 2015, in addition to other engagements.
His primary teachers include Michael Mulcahy, Scott Hartman, John Swallow, Milt Stevens, Joe Alessi, Buddy Baker, and his father, James D. Robertson, to whom this project is dedicated. Jemmie is an Edwards Performing Artist and Clinician. In his free time, Jemmie enjoys spending time with his wife, Christine, and son, James, and when the schedule permits he enjoys road biking, skiing and hiking.
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