1. Faculty

John Engelkes

Trombone

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Private Lessons

EDUCATION

  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, University of Northern Iowa

ENSEMBLES

  • San Francisco Symphony, 1981–Present
  • Baltimore Symphony, 1980–1981

What is your hometown?

Parkersburg, IA

What is your favorite recording?

Brahms: A German Requiem (San Francisco Symphony with Herbert Blomstedt)

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Golf and travel.

Who were your major teachers?

Frank Crisafulli, Edward Kleinhammer, and Jon Hansen.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Play from your heart.”

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I heard the New York Philharmonic perform when I was 14 years old.

What was a turning point in your career?

Winning a position in the Florida Symphony when I was a senior in college.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

A small animal veterinarian.

What is your daily practice routine?

It varies with what I am doing with the orchestra, usually 2-3 hours per day.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mahler, Stravinsky, and Brahms.

What are your academic publications?

Intersection of Háry János, International Trombone Association Journal

What recordings can we hear you on?

Any San Francisco Symphony recording since 1981
Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, Music from Star Wars