New York Philharmonic
Colin Williams serves as the Associate Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, an appointment he’s held since 2014. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Principal Trombonist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for twelve seasons and with the San Antonio Symphony for three seasons. Mr. Williams’s warm personality, technical prowess, and musical sensitivity have made him a welcome addition in performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the New York City Ballet, and the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Williams is not only a passionate performer and versatile educator – he’s also an advocate for musician’s wellness. During his tenure with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, he experienced a severe injury to his lip muscle, diagnosed as a tear in the orbicularis oris. This injury took him out of his performing career for nearly an entire season and resulted in years of lingering pain. This journey through injury, recovery, and mental health shapes his unique approach to teaching and playing the trombone. In 2018, Mr. Williams released his debut solo album Ash, embracing the crisis of injury and identity alongside his determination to return to the stage, to provide for his loved ones, and to transcend the barriers of language through music.
Mr. Williams can be heard on the album Roadwork by the Atlanta Trombone Project, which was comprised of himself and then-members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Bill Thomas and George Curran – and was produced by Dr. Bradley Palmer of Columbus State University. This project would serve as the impetus for the first Southeast Trombone Symposium in 2010, which has since become an internationally acclaimed workshop and festival for hundreds trombonists of all ages. Artists of the STS would later release their ensemble album Legacy in 2016. Mr. Williams made his professional solo debut performing Arthur Pryor’s Blue Bells of Scotland in 2001. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orcestra, the Pershing’s Own United States Army Band, the United States Military Academy Band, the Georgia Brass Band, the Atlanta Wind Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the James Madison University Brass Band. He has also made solo appearances at the American Trombone Workshop and at the International Trombone Festival.
An avid chamber performer, Mr. Williams has participated in the Amelia Island Chamber Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and in the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan. He has also appeared with the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Mr. Williams’s teachers include Mr. Douglas Wright of the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. David Finlayson of the New York Philharmonic, and Mr. Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. He currently resides in River Edge, New Jersey with his wife Nikki Abissi – trombonist, educator, and founder of Extendabone – along with their sons Christopher and Alex.
His 2018-2019 season involved extensive international travel and featured over 100 performances, including a 3-month World Tour of the United States, Europe, Asia and South America with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ) as Duo Steiner-Hochwartner, as well as solo concerts with orchestras around the globe. Other highlights for this season include a CD release tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States in July 2019, and solo appearances at the Lille (France) Trombone Festival and International Trombone Festival (Indiana, USA).
Trombonist - United States Air Force Band of the West
Airman First Class Michael Steiger is a trombone apprentice with the United States Air Force Band of the West, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX. His duties include performing with the Concert Band, Ceremonial Marching Band, Dimensions in Blue Jazz Ensemble, and Gateway Brass Quintet. In addition to his responsibilities as a trombonist, he also serves as a publicity representative in the Public Affairs division of the band. Prior to his assignment with the Air Force, Michael worked as a freelance musician performing for musical theatre touring productions and various symphony orchestras, including the San Antonio Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toldeo Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also teaches private music lessons to students ranging in skill from the novice to collegiate level.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, and Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Northwestern University. Prior to his musical studies, Michael was born and raised in Central Oregon. He and his wife are enjoying their life in Texas, exploring the various hikes and outdoor opportunities of the Texas Hill Country.
Principal Trombone - San Antonio Symphony
Steve Peterson is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas and San Antonio areas. In addition to performing as principal trombone with the San Antonio Symphony, Steve often performs with the Dallas Symphony and has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. He has a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with David Jackson and a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University where he studied with John Kitzman.
Professor - Boston University
Don Lucas, a native of Falls Church, Virginia, USA, received his BM and MM from Texas Tech University, and was awarded the Premiere Prix and Advanced Solo Studies Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music in London as a Fulbright Scholar. Don engaged in additional studies at North Texas State University, Berklee College of Music, University of Houston and Middle Tennessee State University.
Mr. Lucas has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Empire Brass Quintet, New Mexico Symphony, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, and the American Wind Symphony, performing under noted conductors Ivan Fischer, Hugh Wolf, Christopher Hogwood, John Adams, and Leonard Slatkin.
Internationally, Mr. Lucas has appeared frequently as a soloist, recitalist, adjudicator, and clinician in engagements in the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea, and China including: Wigmore Hall (London), the British Trombone Society Festival, the Repton Brass Festival, the Royal Northern College of Music and Cheathams School of Music (Manchester), the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Guildhall School of Music (London), Trinity-Laban Conservatory of Music (London), the Royal Welsh Academy of Music (Cardiff), the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Glasgow), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St. Petersburg), the Fine Arts Institute (Vladivostok), the JeJu International Music Festival, Korea Trombone Festival, Yonsei University, Seoul & Four South Korean Summer Trombone Festivals, Central Music Conservatory, Beijing, Shenyang Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, Guangzhou, and the Hong Kong Academy of the Arts.
Other international engagements include: Two Brazilian Trombone Association National Festivals (Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia), University of Rio International Trombone Festival, the Conservatoire Superieur de Music a Rayonnement (Paris, France), Trombones de Costa Rica International Brass Festival (San Jose), Melos Brass Festival, (Corfu, Greece), nine I.T.A. International Trombone Festivals (Paris/France, Feldkirch/Austria, Aarhus/Denmark & USA) & the International Trombone Symposium (Melbourne, Australia).
In the United States, Mr. Lucas has appeared frequently as a soloist, recitalist, adjudicator, and clinician. Past engagements include: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center, the Julliard School, the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, the U.S. Army Band and Orchestra “Pershings Own”, the U.S. Naval Academy Band, the West Point U.S. Military Academy Band, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Masterworks Festival the Eastern Trombone Workshop (Washington, D.C.), Harmony Ridge Brass Festival (VT), 76 Trombones+4 Trombone Festival, Las Vegas, College Band Directors National Association Convention, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, Las Vegas Music Festival, Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, Interlochen Arts Academy, Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the New York Conference for Brass Scholarships as well as over a hundred appearances at US festivals, conservatories, universities, schools, and camps.
Principal commissions/world premieres include solos by Fisher Tull, Derek Bourgeouis, Franz Cibulka, Henk Badings, Eddie Bass, Elena Roussanova Lucas, Gary D. Belshaw, Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, and Adam Gorb. His solo recordings include Cantabile and Hymns for Trombone (1988). He has also recorded with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the American Wind Symphony.
Mr. Lucas’s honors include the only Premeir Prix Diploma ever awarded to a brass player in the history of the Guildhall School of Music (London); listing in Marquis, Who’s Who in America Music; Bronze Medal L’unamite, Finalist—Toulon International Solo Competition (France); First Prize Winner—International Trombone Association Frank Smith International Trombone Solo Competition; First Place “Fellow”—Harmony Ridge Brass Festival International Solo Competition; First Place (solo and group competitions)—National Christian Artists Seminar; and First Prize (with The American Classic Trombone Quartet)—Summit Brass International Brass Chamber Group Competition.
Mr. Lucas is the Trombone Professor at Boston University. Previous teaching appointments include Texas Tech University, Eastern New Mexico University, Sam Houston State University, and the public schools of Virginia, Texas, and North Carolina.
Mr. Lucas is an Artist/Clinician for the S.E. Shires Company of Hopedale, Massachusetts.