Arkansas Trombone Workshop

The Arkansas Trombone Workshop aims to celebrate everything trombone with workshops, master classes, performances, demonstrations and a high school solo competition. Featured performances will be held by the RAZORBONES, Dr. Cory Mixdorf (U of A trombone professor), and our guest artist Gordon Wolfe (Toronto Symphony).

Event Details


The event is geared for anyone who loves the trombone, but primarily high school students, students from other colleges and adults who wish to learn more about the trombone. The solo competition, however is open only to current juniors and seniors in high school who wish to be a music major in college.


Stay Tuned for 2020/2021 Season!


12:00 pm – 8:30 pm 


Hillside Auditorium & Faulkner Performing Arts Center (FPAC) 


$25 for early registration, before February 8.
$40 after February 8 and at the door.

Event Registration

High School Solo Competition

See bottom of page for details.

Event Logistics:

Due to a regional vocal conference happening at the same time as the Workshop, we’ll be in Hillside Auditorium for most of the event instead of the usual Faulkner Performing Arts Center. However, we’ll be back in the FPAC for the final concert! Check-in/registration opens at 12:00pm noon at Hillside Auditorium (902 W Dickson St). The best location for parking is the Stadium Parking Garage off of Stadium Drive. Directions to the Stadium Parking Garage can be found here: Parking in the Stadium Garage is FREE on the weekend. Hillside Auditorium is a short walk down Dickson Street from the Stadium Garage.

Meet the Instructors

Gordon Wolfe

Toronto Symphony


Hailing from Nelson, B.C., Gordon Wolfe has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, taking over the role of Principal Trombone in 2006.  He was previously a member of the Winnipeg and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, and has also had the privilege of performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in recent years. Gordon studied with Canadian trombone icons Ian McDougall, Thomas Eadie, and Peter Sullivan at the University of Victoria and McGill University while working through his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music.

An accomplished chamber musician, Gordon was a founding member of the Central Park Brass, a privately funded brass quintet that is dedicated to performing free concerts for young people in the playgrounds of Central Park, and working regularly with under privileged children in the Union Settlements of the Bronx. In Toronto, he performs frequent recitals with BATSO (Brass Artists of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra) as part of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Great Artist Series, and has performed for thousands of young students across Ontario as an ambassador of the Toronto Symphony’s Preludes programme. 

In demand as a soloist, Gordon has recently been featured with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, the Hannaford Street Silver Band and the Idaho State Wind Ensemble. As a highly respected educator, Gordon draws top students from across Canada to his trombone studio at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School.

Gordon Wolfe is an S.E. Shires Artist.

Dr. Cory Mixdorf

Associate Professor of Trombone


Dr. Cory Mixdorf is thrilled to be a part of the distinguished faculty at the University of Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University.

While maintaining a strong studio, Dr. Mixdorf sustains a regular schedule as a guest artist and clinician on the national and international levels. In addition to frequent solo recital tours, his most recent endeavors include: presenting and performing at the 2018 and 2016 International Trombone Festivals at the University of Iowa and The Juilliard School, respectively, recurring performances at the American Trombone Workshop, touring Germany and recording a CD with the brass ensemble, Eurobrass and traveling to the Universidade de Brasilia where he was invited to solo with the Trombones Sociedade Anônima and give a master class to the University’s trombone students. Dr. Mixdorf was also fortunate to have been selected as a fellow in the 2011 Alessi Seminar in Tuscaloosa, AL. Dr. Mixdorf is also a member of the Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet, a group that tours frequently and has most recently performed Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at the 2019 American Trombone Workshop in Washington D.C.

Outside of his collegiate duties, Dr. Mixdorf enjoys performing with several area ensembles. He is the current Principal Trombonist of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and plays regularly with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the Acting Second Trombonist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Brass Band, a group with which he recorded the album, A Christmas Festival.

While attending Indiana University, he held the positions of Principal and Second Trombone in the Columbus, IN Philharmonic from 2006-2009. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indiana University Symphonic Band where he performed Richard Peaslee’s Arrows of Time. Dr. Mixdorf has also toured with the Mr. Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band.

Before his appointment at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Mixdorf served as Assistant Professor of Trombone at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, adjunct instructor of brass at Vincennes University, associate instructor at Indiana University, and adjunct instructor of trombone at St. Ambrose University.

His principal teachers include Peter Ellefson, M. Dee Stewart, Nancy Vogt, D. Paul Pollard, Bruce Tychinski and Brad Edwards. Dr. Mixdorf is a Greenhoe Performing Artist.

When not playing trombone, Dr. Mixdorf spends every minute possible with his beloved wife Elizabeth and children, Miles, Madelyn, Mason, Meyer, and Montgomery.


12:00 – 12:30 P.M.

Registration & Exhibits

Hillside Auditorium

12:30 – 1:00 P.M.

Opening Recital

Hillside Auditorium

1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

Warm Up/Routine Clinic

Hillside Auditorium

2:00 – 2:45 P.M.

Group Trombone Ensemble

Hillside Auditorium

2:45 – 3:15 P.M.


Hillside Auditorium

3:15 – 4:45 P.M.

Gordon Wolfe Masterclass

Hillside Auditorium

4:45 – 5:30 P.M.


Hillside Auditorium

5:30 – 6:30 P.M.

Solo Competition

Hillside Auditorium

7:00 P.M.

Evening Concert

Faulkner Performing Arts Center



Open to current high school juniors and seniors who wish to major in music at the University of Arkansas

  • Finalist scholarship awards are as follows:
    • 1st place: $6,000/yr
    • 2nd place: $5,000/yr
    • 3rd place: $4,000/yr
    • For out-of-state finalists, scholarships include a minimum 70% out-of-state tuition waiver
    • Awards contingent upon:
      • Acceptance into the U of A
      • Maintained university GPA of 2.75
      • Faculty approval
      • Subject to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0
  • Repertoire
    • Tenor Trombonists
      • For All-State auditions, most regional states include at least one etude from the Melodious Etudes for Trombone book by Bordogni/Rochut (Carl Fischer Music, publisher). Using the most current edition of the book (which includes piano accompaniment pdfs), record one of your All-State etudes with piano. You can purchase the book at, item #086846.
    • Bass Trombonists
      • Record etude number 16 from 20 Etudes for Bass Trombone by Lew Gillis (Southern Music Company, publisher) with the piano accompaniment found here. You can purchase the book at, item #001516.
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Submissions must include live piano accompaniment
    • Submissions must be in MP3 format and less than 10MB
    • Email submissions to Dr. Cory Mixdorf on or before February 8, 2020.

For More Information About This Event      Cory Mixdorf, Associate Professor of Trombone –

For More Information About Registration     Nastassja Riley, 479-575-6491 or