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Bass Trombone

James Markey

John Moors Cabot chair, endowed in perpetuity, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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James Markey joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as bass trombone in fall 2012 following a 15-year tenure in the New York Philharmonic, first as associate principal from 1997 to2007, then as bass trombone until 2012. He was also previously principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two years. He has had numerous solo appearances, including with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, United States Army Band, Hora Decima Brass Ensemble, New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and the Hanover Wind Symphony. A sought-after educator, Markey has been a featured artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American (formerly Eastern) Trombone Workshop, and the conferences of the New Jersey Music Educators Association and the New York State School Music Association. He has also appeared as a guest recitalist and clinician at major educational institutions around the country. Markey currently serves on the faculties of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, and the Longy School of Bard College in Cambridge, MA, having formerly taught at the Juilliard School, Mannes College at the New School for Music, New York University, SUNY Purchase College, Montclair State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Juilliard School's Pre-College division. Markey has released four solo recordings: "Offroad," on tenor trombone (2003); "On Base," a solo bass trombone recording (2009); a two-disc album of orchestral and opera excerpts for bass trombone with Denson Paul Pollard; and a second solo bass trombone recording titled "Psychedelia" (2015). He is also a featured soloist on "A Beautiful Noise," a compilation of solos for tenor and bass trombone produced by the Columbus State University Trombone Choir, and on the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble's recording of Janko Nilović's Concerto for Two Trombones. Markey studied with Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor’s and Master of Music in 2005 and 2006.

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