Meet the Studio

Nate Bitter
Senior, Performance

Originally rom Gilbert, Arizona, Nate is pursuing a double major in trombone performance and biological sciences. An active ensemble player both on and off campus, Nate performs with the ASU Concert Jazz Band, the ASU Desert Bones, the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the ASU Wind Orchestra, Salt River Brass, and the SCC Jazz Orchestra. Well versed in both jazz and classical idioms, Nate hopes to find himself working in the California studio recording scene.

Rebecca Buringrud
Master’s Student, Performance

Rebecca Buringrud recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Trombone Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, studying under the direction of James Miller. Excited to embark on her new journey, Rebecca is starting her graduate’s degree in Performance here at ASU, under the direction of Brad Edwards. Having the opportunity to have lived in the Los Angeles area, she has had various gig and performance opportunities that have broadened her interests in the musical world. One of Rebecca’s favorite performance experiences had her performing with the famous DJ, electronic music producer/composer, Deadmau5, in his electronic and live orchestra collaboration, along with playing in the orchestra that recorded for his released album, “where’s the drop?” Rebecca is excited to train classically while expanding her knowledge in the field, but she also has a lot of interest in diving into different genres of music and exploring what her creativity has the ability to experiment with. When not playing the trombone, you may find Rebecca doing yoga on some mountain top to the music of wooden flutes being played by Kokopeli’s.

Ofer Cohen
Master’s Student, Performance (bass trombone)

Ofer is joins us from Penn State University where he studied with Mark Lusk. Previously he studied in the studio of Ken Wolff.

Noah Eder
Freshman, Performance

Noah joins us from Prescott, Arizona.

Sydney Forgey
Senior, Performance

Sydney Forgey, a Trombone Performance major at ASU, comes to us from Kansas City, Missouri. She hopes to find herself performing in either a symphony orchestra or a pit orchestra. Sydney finds inspiration in the work of pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, “because he brings such raw emotion to his writing and performances.” When not performing with the ASU Wind Ensemble and ASU Desert Bones, she enjoys running, weightlifting, reading, and visiting national parks.

Phil Glick

Master’s Student, Performance, Teaching Assistant

Originally from Rochester, New York, Phil served as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for five years and was lead trombonist with the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra for three years.
As a senior in high school, he was a featured artist on WROC TV’s Scholastic Arts Spotlight.
After attending the Eastman Community Music School for seven years and graduating with aPre-Collegiate Diploma in Trombone with Honors, Philip continued his studies at Eastman as a full-time undergraduate student. While at Eastman, he studied with Professors Larry Zalkind and Mark Kellogg and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Degree and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate. He performed regularly with Eastman’s Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, and Musica Nova Ensemble on both tenor and bass trombone. Additionally, he attended the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute for five years and the Southeast Trombone Symposium in Columbus, Georgia for two consecutive summers. Throughout his studies as a musician, he worked with trombonists Norman Bolter, Toby Oft, John Marcellus, Ian Bousfield, Jim Martin, Michael Davis, George Curran, Brian Hecht, Peter Sullivan, and Nitzan Haroz. Additionally, he studied under the direction of world-renowned music theorists Matthew Curlee, Henry
Klumpenhouwer, and John Dunsby.

Gwyn Goltry
Senior, Performance

Gwyn hopes to work in Germany or Austria as an active freelancer and private trombone instructor. Hailing from Fountain Hills, Arizona, Gwyn is inspired by conductor Daniel Barenboim’s interpretation of the music of Beethoven. She currently performs with the ASU Wind Ensemble and the ASU Desert Bones.

Ayden Hall
Sophomore, Music Education

Ayden has recently transferred into the music education program from another degree.

Will Kurth
Freshman, Performance

Will joins us from the greater Tucson area.

Connor Lively
Freshman, Performance (bass trombone)

Connor joins us from the  Phoenix area.

Alannah Martin
Sophomore, Music Education

Alannah, an Arizona native, is majoring in music education. She hopes to greatly improve her performance ability so that she’ll be able to help others with it later on. She prefers more upbeat songs when it comes to playing or even just listening. She enjoys exercising, reading, and riding horses.

Joseph Martinez
Junior, Bachelor of Arts

Joseph has taken a leadership position with the Sun Devil Marching Band.

John Pisaro
Master’s Student, Performance

A California native, John graduated from CalARts.

Joel Rangel
DMA Student, Teaching Assistant (bass trombone)

A recent graduate from University of the Redlands, Joel also served a full career in the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

Matt Rohrs
Senior, Music Education

Phoenix native, Matt Rohrs, transferred to the trombone in January, 2018.  Previously, he studied with Matt Lennex and Charles Hopkins at Glendale Community College. He served with the United States Air Force as an avionic technician and previously was employed by Applied Materials, a vendor of semiconductor equipment with clients such as Intel. Matt doubles on tenor and bass trombone and enjoys playing with both jazz well and classical ensembles.

Hasan Sannoufi
Senior, Performance

Hasan is also pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Hasan hopes to one day work as a Managing Director at a Bulge Bracket Investment Bank in New York City. (According to Wikipedia, the bulge bracket “comprises the world’s largest and most profitable multi-national investment banks, whose investment banking clients are usually large corporations, institutions, and governments.”) When not pursuing his goal of a management career at the highest level of international economics, Hasan performs with the ASU Wind Ensemble, ASU Philharmonia, and the ASU Desert Bones.

Alex Thompson

Sophomore, Performance

A native of Gilbert, Arizona, sophomore Alex Thompson is pursuing a double major in classical and jazz trombone performance. He is an active performer both on and off campus participating alongside the ASU Desert Bones, ASU Symphony Orchestra, ASU Wind Orchestra, ASU Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Combos, as well as the SCC and MCC Jazz Orchestras. An active freelancer in the Phoenix area, he is pursuing a career in the Los Angeles studio scene where he hopes to record and perform live jazz, classical, and commercial music for the remainder of his performing career. On his spare time outside of music, he enjoys promoting environmental issues along with a focus on electric cars, space travel, and artificial intelligence.