Esther Armendariz
Oakland, CA
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Esther Armendariz

Esther A.

Oakland, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have over 10 years experience as a performer in orchestras, musical pits and chamber groups, and four years teaching trombone and euphonium extensively, at all levels. I have had students be accepted into California All-State bands, university music programs and Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.

In trombone lessons with me, you will learn how to approach playing your instrument in the simplest way possible, with great musical maturity. We will work on a variety of lyrical and technical etudes, as well as your fundamentals and daily routine. I will encourage you to perform and audition in things like all-state, summer music festivals, solo & ensemble festival, and I will guide you to preparing a great performance in any of these challenges.

About Esther A.

I current hold a studio of 16 private trombone and euphonium students. I teach introductory to advanced lessons, and have had private students accepted to the Interlochen Summer Academy, university music programs, and California All-State Honor Bands. Your lessons with me will focus on integrating music and technique. You will learn fundamentals of playing a brass instrument, phrasing, music theory, and how to recreate your achievements in lessons while practicing on your own. I am principal trombone with the Santa Cruz Symphony and second trombonist for the Stockton Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley. I have performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, SF Ballet, Colorado Symphony and the Jalisco Philharmonic, among others. In 2016, I finished a one-year position as Associate Principal and 2nd trombone with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

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Experience

Artist in Residence
Sep 2019 - Present

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center

Taking part in group educational performances for preschool and elementary aged children. Presenting solo outreach for preschoolers. Performing in brass chamber groups for the community.

Trombone Coach
Aug 2019 - Present

SF Symphony Music and Mentors

Trombone/Brass Coach. Leading sectional coachings in SFUSD schools

Trombone and Euphonium Instructor
Oct 2018 - Present

James Logan High School

Trombone and Euphonium Private Lessons Instructor

2nd Trombone
Oct 2018 - Present

Symphony Silicon Vally

Trombonist
Jul 2018 - Present

Brass Over Bridges

Founder, trombonist and administrator for brass quintet, performing traditional and educational concerts, and holding masterclasses.

Principal Trombone
Sep 2017 - Present

Santa Cruz Symphony

2nd Trombone
Sep 2016 - Present

Stockton Symphony

Trombone and Euphonium Instructor
Sep 2016 - Aug 2019

Falun Gong Marching Band

Led sectionals for trombone section and euphonium section for the Falun Gong marching band. Helped prepare them for many parade performances.

Brass Coach
Jul 2018 - Aug 2018

University of the Pacific Summer Music Camp

Teaching masterclasses, brass ensemble classes, brass chamber classes, and performing on faculty recitals.

Trombone Coach
Oct 2016 - Jun 2018

Young Musicians Choral Orchestra

Teaching private trombone lessons

Education

Master of Music, Trombone Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2015

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music, Trombone Performance
Aug 2009 - May 2013

University of Southern California

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2016
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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