The Festival Trombone Choir will meet to rehearse early each day, during ensemble rehearsal time.
* This is a small ensemble you may join in addition to your large ensemble (Chorus or Concert Band)
The Trombone Choir (Posaunenchor) is a tradition of the Moravian Church, dating back to 1733, when the first set of trombones arrived in Herrnhut, Germany.
The Festival is a unique opportunity for trombonists to perform as an ensemble, and many other instrumentalists bring trombones to join in.
- Soprano trombone (in Bb) uses the same mouthpiece as Trumpet and is pitched in Bb. Reads Bb treble parts.
- Alto trombones are made in F and Eb and read transposed music like French and Alto Horns in treble clef. Some alto players read Alto Clef in C.
- Tenor and Bass trombones are the common modern trombone, reading Bass Clef in C.
- Contrabass trombone also reads Bass Clef in C, but can play the tuba part (chorale books) or sometimes just a lower part, or an octave lower part. Bass Trombones pitched in F or G are often referred to as contrabass, but a true contrabass is equivalent to a BBb Tuba. Bass Trombones in all keys are welcome!
Moravians have used brass ensembles and bands since their earliest years in Herrnhut to announce special events and to accompany singing at outdoor services and funerals. Trombones were some of the first instruments received in or imported to Moravian settlements in North America, where, in certain congregations, like Bethlehem, PA (Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir), Downey (CA) and Glenwood (Madison, WI), the original instrumentation of trombones in soprano, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass, is preserved. The Salem Trombone Choir (Winston-Salem, NC) also uses exclusively SATB trombones and is a performing ensemble formed as a non-profit organization to promote this unique musical art form.