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

This week’s featured studio member is Rebecca Buringrud. Rebecca is a 2nd year Master’s student at ASU.
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.
Having the opportunity to have lived in the Los Angeles area, Rebecca has had various gig and performance opportunities that have broadened her interests in the musical world. One of her favorite performance experiences had her performing with the famous electronic music producer/composer, Deadmau5, in his electronic and live orchestra collaboration. She played with  that same orchestra on the recording 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 exploring her creativity within different styles of music.
When not playing the trombone, you may find Rebecca doing yoga and teaching Yoga Sculpt at CorePower Yoga studios.

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
Freshman, 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.

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.

Kendric Knorr
Senior, Non-Major

Will Kurth
Freshman, 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
Freshman, 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
Sophomore, 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.

Joseph Martinez
Junior, Bachelor of Arts

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

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.

Matt Rohrs
Senior, Music Education

Phoenix native and bass trombonist, Matt Rohrs, transferred to the ASU trombone studio in January, 2018. Currently a senior in the music education program, he studied previously with Matt Lennex, Charles Hopkins, and Mike Becker. A veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as an avionic technician while stationed at RAF Mildenhall and Offut AFB. Matt will complete his bachelor degree this year and would like to pursue a master’s degree in performance.

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.