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Colin Williams

Colin Williams joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Trombone in September 2014. He previously served as principal trombone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, for 12 seasons, and principal trombone of the San Antonio Symphony, for three seasons. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (of Washington, D.C.), and Houston Symphony.

Mr. Williams made his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2003 performing Paul Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone. He has been a guest soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), U.S. Military Academy Band, Georgia Brass Band, Atlanta Wind Ensemble, Juilliard Orchestra, and James Madison University Brass Band. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and the International Trombone Festival.


Also active as a chamber musician, Colin Williams has participated in numerous festivals, including the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan; Grand Teton Music Festival; and Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. He has also performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians.

Mr. Williams’s first solo CD, Roadwork, is a collaboration with his former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra colleagues Bill Thomas and George Curran. Together with Bradley Palmer at Columbus State University, the four musicians founded the Southeast Trombone Symposium in 2010: through his continuing work with the Symposium Mr. Williams has helped to educate hundreds of young trombonists.

During his high school years Colin Williams studied with Douglass Wright. He continued his education at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, where his primary teachers included Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi and Philharmonic trombonist David Finlayson. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.​

​Colin is a Shires Sponsored Artist.

Teaching Style

   As a student of Doug Wright, David Finlayson, and Joseph Alessi, Colin is a product of excellence in trombone pedagogy. His extensive orchestral career also makes him an expert in orchestral playing.
 
While a member of the Atlanta Symphony, Colin taught many exceptional students through the Talent Development Program, as well as in his private studio. His students have gone on to such schools as The Juilliard School, The Curtis Institute, Northwestern University, and New England Conservatory. Colin is also a founder of The Southeast Trombone Symposium; a weeklong intensive workshop for high school through college age players.
 
In addition to his busy schedule with the New York Philharmonic, Colin is currently a trombone professor at Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Manhattan School of Music. Lessons with Colin need to be scheduled as far in advance as possible, due to his full calendar.    

Nicole Abissi
   
Nicole Abissi is a professional trombonist and teacher living in New York City. She is a member of the nationally touring Stiletto Brass Quintet and performs on Broadway and with professional orchestras around the world.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School under the instruction of Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. She received her Master of Music Degree from Stony Brook University under the instruction of Michael Powell, Principal Trombonist of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and member of the world renowned American Brass Quintet. Nicole’s other teachers include Per Brevig, Warren Deck, Glenn Dodson, Ian Bousfield, and Thomas Riccobono.



In September of 2007, she began the first of two seasons as a fellow the New World Symphony. While there, she had the opportunity to work with one of the premier conductors of our time, Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicole won her first professional position as the Second Trombonist of the Alabama Symphony for the 2009-2012 seasons. In September of 2012 she joined the Colorado Symphony as the acting Principal trombonist for the 2012-2013 season. In the same year, she also filled in as acting Principal Trombone in the Macon Symphony under the direction of Ward Stare. Nicole has also had the pleasure of performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her performance experience, Nicole is a passionate teacher. Nicole is the trombone instructor at Preparatory Center for the Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She has given clinics at many fine universities as well as music festivals, such as, Georgia State University, University of Alabama, Interlochen Arts Camp, Southeast Trombone Symposium, University of Kentucky, Jackson State University, and Youngstown State University. Her students have gone on to study trombone performance at such schools as Northwestern University, New England Conservatory and Lynn University.

Nicole is a Courtois Sponsored Artist.
    

Teaching Style

Nicole is very passionate about teaching. She has had the good fortune to study with many of the best performers and teachers of all brass instruments around the world and loves to pass on this information to others. She also believes that playing music and studying an instrument privately can help people of all ages become a more effective person in the rest of their life. She works with students on time management, problem solving, non-linear thinking, creative story telling and expression.

In addition to all of the more technical work that she does with students on how to play the trombone and understand music, she wants to make it fun, exciting, and challenging. We use the word "play" for a reason when talking about instruments and she intends for it to feel like playing when working together. That said, if someone is looking for a more intensive environment, she can also deliver that. In fact, she has several students currently studying trombone performance in college at this time. Nicole's former students attend such schools as The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Lynn University.

Whether you are looking to play your band music better, get into the all state band, or simply pick up an old hobby from high school, Nicole can be the kind of teacher you are looking for.


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