Meet the Studio

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

Ofer Cohen, pursuing his masters of music in trombone performance, comes to ASU from Potomac, Maryland. Ofer recently graduated from The Pennsylvania State University where he received his Bachelors of Music in
trombone performance studying with professor Mark Lusk. Ofer has subbed in the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra out in Pennsylvania. Ofer hopes to continue his passion for music and become well versed in every style of music. In addition, he has attended the Cleveland Trombone Seminar for 3 years. He enjoys exercise and listening to all kinds of music.

Noah Eder
Sophomore, Performance

A native of Prescott, Arizona, Noah Eder is starting his undergraduate degree in Performance. Noah plans on taking courses towards a music education degree as well in hopes to double major. Currently, Noah is an active performer with the ASU Desert Bones, ASU Symphony Orchestra, and ASU Wind Orchestra. In the future, Noah plans on earning a position in a symphony orchestra. In his spare time outside of music, Noah enjoys watching baseball, attending live concerts, cooking, and traveling.

Gwyn Goltry
Master’s, 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.

Will Kurth
Sophomore, Performance

From Tucson, Arizona, Will is beginning his undergraduate degree in Performance.  He has performed with the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, and other local groups in Tucson.  Currently, he actively plays in the ASU Desert Bones, ASU Wind Symphony, and the ASU Jazz Repertory Band. He hopes to one day win a job playing in a professional symphony.  In his free time Will enjoys spending time with friends, food, and napping.  

Connor Lively
Sophomore, Performance (bass trombone)

Connor joins us from Scottsdale to pursue his undergraduate degree in Bass Trombone Performance. He has performed with the Phoenix Youth Symphony along with the Young Sounds of Arizona jazz ensemble and currently performs with the ASU Wind Symphony and the ASU Jazz Repertory Band. He hopes to one day win a job in a professional orchestra or ensemble. In his free time, Connor enjoys extra practicing, listening to a wide variety of music, and spending time with his family and friends.

Alannah Martin
Junior, Music Education

Originally from Georgia, Alannah graduated from Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale Arizona. She’s currently pursuing a music education degree at Arizona State University in hopes of becoming a middle school band director in the future. She’s a member of the ASU Bones and the Sun Devil Marching Band. In her spare time, she enjoys spontaneous adventures and exploring with her close friends.

John Pisaro
Master’s Student, Performance

Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, John has always been surrounded by new music. Both of his parents teach at California Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA in Trombone Performance. During his time there, he primarily studied experimental and contemporary trombone with Matt Barbier and Ryan Dragon while also learning from LA legends James Miller and Alex Iles. He has performed across the US as well as in Germany and Austria.  John enjoys exploring all genres of music, from classical to film music to grind-core, but his personal passion is performing music of the Renaissance and Baroque period on his sackbut. After graduating from ASU, John plans to remain in the Phoenix area for some time to freelance, while planning to eventually return to Los Angeles. When not practicing, you can find John playing video games, watching hockey, and hiking (when it’s not a million degrees out, that is).

Joel Rangel
DMA Student, Teaching Assistant (bass trombone)

Joel served as a Marine Musician with the First Marine Division Band at Camp Pendleton and with the “Commandants Own” the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. A veteran of Desert Storm, Joel retired from active service in the summer of 2010. Joel Rangel began his studies as a music major at El Camino College studying trombone performance with Robert Coomber. From September 2013 to April of 2018 Joel studied with Dr. Andrew Glendening completing his Bachelors in Music Education and a Master’s in Trombone Performance at the University of Redlands. Joel is
currently in the first year of his DMA at Arizona State University with Dr. Brad Edwards.