Jay Evans Trombone, Principal
Jay Evans is currently Principal Trombonist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since October, 2000. In 2002, he performed Jim Pugh's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra during the ASO's Sounds for Summer series. He also shared a concert with Olivia Newton-John in November, 2003, performing with the orchestra on the Australian Aboriginal instrument, the Didgeridoo.
Jay credits his mother, a bassoonist, and father, lesson financier, with providing the necessary discipline and support to pursue a career in music. While pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Jay held the position of Principal Trombone of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He later received a Master of Music degree from North Texas State University and moved to New York City to perform with the National Orchestral Association. While there, he frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony, New York City Opera National Company, the Springfield (MA) Symphony and Miss Saigon on Broadway.
As a Fellow in Trombone at the Tanglewood Music Center Jay worked with notable conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Jeffrey Tate, and was a participant at the Spoleto Festival Due dei Monde in Spoleto, Italy, and Charleston, SC. He has traveled extensively throughout North America, Japan and Australia with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, and as a member of the internationally acclaimed, Dallas Brass, performing the 'middle' voice on the Alto and Tenor Trombones, and Bass Trumpet. Memorable guest solo appearances include, the New York Pops with Skitch Henderson in Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Pops with Peter Nero and the Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting.
While in Chicago, Jay performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Second Trombonist through the 2000-01 season. He also held the Second Assistant Principal Trombone position with the Grant Park Orchestra from 1999-2001 and performed with the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras on Trombone, Euphonium and Bass Trumpet. Jay is a regular performer on the Alto Trombone with Chicago's Music of the Baroque, and since living in the south, Jay has substituted as Principal Trombone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2004, Jay recorded Ladislav Kubik's Sonata for Trombone and Piano in Prague, Czech Republic. This work was written for Jay and Joanna Sobkowska, and was given its world premiere at the International Trombone Festival in Ithaca, New York in June 2004.
Jay Evans is currently Low Brass Instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the University of Montevallo, and maintains an active private teaching studio. He is a Shires Instruments Artist/Clinician.