ABOUT THE Group
Since 2006, the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony have taken their finely honed ensemble skills out of the symphonic concert stage and into chamber music settings across the US. The International Trombone Association Journal, in a review of their most recent recording, Fleur de Lis, cited "an astonishing amount of versatility and virtuosity". The Trombones continue to expand the repertoire of the trombone quartet with commissioned works as well as their own arrangements and transcriptions.
About the Trombonists
Timothy Myers has held the Mr. and Mrs. William R. Orthwein Principal Trombone Chair of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 1997. Myers first joined the SLSO in 1983. He has performed as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Myers has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Summit Brass, and the Bay Brass. He is a founding member of the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony and is co-founder of the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective. He has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Missouri at Columbia and currently teaches trombone at Washington University in Saint Louis. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Myers studied with Frank Crisafulli.
Amanda Stewart is currently Associate Principal Trombone of the St. Louis Symphony, a position she began in the Fall of 2014. Her studies started with Harold Hudnall and continued with Keith Jackson, professor of trombone and euphonium at West Virginia University. She received her bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 2004, studying with Joseph Alessi.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Stewart has played with numerous orchestras. She was Principal trombonist of the San Antonio Symphony for eight seasons and Associate Principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic for two seasons. Ms. Stewart has also been a regular substitute and extra player with the Boston Symphony and has toured with them internationally. She has also performed with the Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, National, North Carolina, and Toronto Symphonies.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Jonathan Reycraft has held the Utility Trombone position with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since the 2006-2007 season. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Washington University and St. Louis University. Before arriving in the symphony, he spent eight years serving as the Assistant Principal Trombone for the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Reycraft completed his music degrees in trombone at the Indiana University School of Music in the spring of 1998, and his Master of Music degree in the same discipline from the University of Maryland in 2005. He has been featured as a soloist with the United States Naval Academy Band as well as the Atlantic Wind Symphony on Long Island. Jonathan Reycraft also has performed with the Baltimore National symphony orchestras, the Colorado Music Festival and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Mr. Reycraft’s former teachers include Michael Canipe, M. Dee Stewart, Scott Hartman, the late Dr. Milton Stevens, and John Huling.
Originally from Athens Georgia, Gerry studied music education at the University of Georgia, before joining Atlanta based entertainer Cody Marshall. He traveled extensively during this time, to such places as Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia, playing dance/show music. The next four years were spent free lancing in Phoenix, Az. and gaining more experience, playing shows like Annie, Chorus Line, Sammy Davis Jr. and Liberace. While in Az. he started auditioning for orchestras, and determined more study was needed. His next three years were spent studying in New York, at Juilliard. While there, he had the opportunity to perform with the Met Opera, sub with the NY Philharmonic, and other regional orchestras. In 1987,he won his first job in the S.F. Ballet Orchestra. Gerry played 8 seasons there, until winning the St Louis Symphony Bass Trombone position in 1995. He is a founding member of the St Louis Low Brass Collective, and the Trombones of the St Louis Symphony, as well as a frequent clinician and recitalist around the country.
About the Saint Louis Symphony
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1880 by Joseph Otten as the St. Louis Choral Society, and the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest professional symphony orchestra in the United States, preceded only by the New York Philharmonic. Its principal concert venue is Powell Symphony Hall.