Bio: Bass trombonist Alan Carr is Director of Brass and Assistant Professor of Music at George Mason University. He is also on faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta and the New England Music Camp. Dr. Carr has performed with the Alabama, Baltimore, Dubuque, Hartford and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the Juilliard Orchestra, Ensemble Connect at Carnegie Hall, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. As a chamber musician, Dr. Carr has performed and recorded with the American Brass Quintet, the Isthmus Brass Ensemble, and the King’s Brass. Dr. Carr performed at the 2016 and 2018 International Trombone Festivals and has also been an adjudicator for the Donald Yaxley International Bass Trombone Solo Competition. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir which comprises trombone artists and faculty from major orchestras and universities across the United States. Dr. Carr is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), Yale University (AD), and, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA), where he was a Paul J. Collins Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Carr can be heard on over ten commercially released recordings on the Albany, Naxos, Summit, and Peer 2 record labels.
Teaches: (Partnership:) trombone, bass trombone, baritone/euphonium
Teaching Philosophy: Strong fundamentals are key to becoming a good brass musician. My teaching utilizes breathing exercises, mouthpiece buzzing, long tones, and lip slurs in order to establish a good sound, control, and flexibility throughout the range. I also help students to develop strong awareness around rhythm, intonation, style, and phrasing. Ultimately, the goal is to help students achieve clear artistic expression through their instruments.
Greatest Musical Influences: Randy Campora, Don Harwood, Joe Alessi, Scott Hartman, Mark Hetzler, and many others.
When I’m not making music: I like building things and working on projects around the house. I recently built a treehouse for my kids!
Current Music Projects: brass faculty recital, and some recording projects
Favorite place in Maine: It’s hard to choose only one! Popham Beach, Range Pond, Acadia National Park.
To learn more about me: (your website, Soundcloud, Spotify, etc.) www.carralan.com
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his