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Thomas Burge

Thomas Burge

On Stage

Tom Burge is the second trombonist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is the Low Brass Instructor at Wingate University, and he hosts the radio show “Sunday Evening” on classical public radio station WDAV. He has also been a guest morning, midday and evening presenter on 99.5 WGBH in Boston. Burge has performed with most of the Australian Symphony Orchestras and a few American ones as well, most notably the New York Philharmonic; Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Charleston, Augusta, and Jacksonville before settling in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was recently appointed as the Low Brass Instructor at Wingate University, and was previously the Chair of the Brass Department at the Canberra School of Music in the Australian National University for many years. He has given master classes, clinics, and recitals in Japan, Australia, the United States, and Europe. His students perform as soloists and in orchestras in Australia and the United States. Burge gave the Australian premiere of Eric Ewazen’s trombone concerto ‘Visions of Light’, and was a guest soloist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop held in Washington DC in 2012 where he performed Eric Ewazen’s Sonata for Trombone with his friend Eric Ewazen at the piano. At the same festival he was also a guest performer with the Washington Trombone Ensemble. More recently, Burge was a guest clinician and soloist at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, Winthrop University in SC, at UNCSA in Winston Salem, and at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He appeared as a guest artist and teacher recently at UNC Chapel Hill and at Gardner Webb University. Later in 2015 he will appear in California as a guest soloist and clinician UCLA and other Southern Californian Colleges. He also appears as a regular soloist in many venues around Charlotte. On an international level, he has been a guest recital performer at the 1999 Tubamania Festival in Sydney Australia, the 2005 Melbourne International Brass Festival, and at the International Trumpet Guild Conference held in June 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to his work as a teacher, performer and radio host, Burge has had considerable experience as a conductor. He was the Musical Director of the Canberra Choral Society, the Australian National University Brass Ensemble, the national award winning Hall Village Brass Band, and is currently the interim Musical Director of the Queen City Brass Band. To find out more, visit Tom’s website at www.tomburge.com