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KU School of Music graduate student joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas School of Music graduate student Andy Newbegin will join the brass section of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra (DSMO) in fall 2013. Newbegin won the recent DMSO bass trombone audition.

Newbegin is from DeForest, Wis., and is an accomplished player and teacher.  He was a finalist at the 2013 Big 12 Bass Trombone Solo Competition in Lubbock, Texas, and was offered the bass trombone contract for the 2012 American Wind Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard on the KU Wind Ensemble’s latest CD release, Landscapes, and on the upcoming release In the Shadow of No Towers, both on the Naxos label.  In March 2013, Newbegin played with the KU Wind Ensemble in the world premiere of In the Shadow of No Towers at Carnegie Hall.  This summer he will play in a production of The Buddy Holly Story at the New Theater Restaurant in Overland Park. 

Newbegin is currently a student of Michael Davidson, KU trombone professor.  Newbegin holds a Bachelor of Music in music performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Tom Ashworth.  While at the University of Minnesota, he was one of three undergraduate students to be chosen as a Lehnert’s Music Scholar.  Other past teachers include Todd Schendel and Joel Adams.  Newbegin will complete his Master of Music degree this fall at KU, and he will begin his tenure at the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra in September.

Newbegin runs the Newbegin Brass Studio, which provides private instruction to students in Lawrence and the surrounding area. 

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy and its numerous music education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the DMSO. The DMSO performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts, and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. It also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which last year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. http://music.ku.edu.

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