Will Kimball is Associate Professor of Trombone at Brigham Young University. He has been a guest soloist or clinician at more than 20 of the nation’s most prestigious universities and conservatories, including Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory, University of Michigan, Yale, Indiana University, University of North Texas, San Francisco Conservatory, Arizona State University, Boston University, and University of Iowa. His recent solo CD, “Collage,” which features both trombone standards and noteworthy premieres, is produced by Tantara Records. In addition, his research on alto trombone and breathing for musicians has led to a number of clinics and scholarly articles.
In the orchestral field, Kimball recently won the principal trombone position with the Utah Chamber Orchestra (Ballet West) and has won additional principal trombone positions with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra (now Orchestra Iowa) and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with include the Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Utah Chamber Artists, Shreveport Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, Orchestra at Temple Square, and New England Philharmonic. He recently performed several works with the Utah Symphony trombone section for their clinic at the International Trombone Festival.
His jazz experience includes performances at jazz festivals in France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the United States; membership in the New Hot 5 and Pittsburgh’s Balcony Big Band, and performance on the jazz and pop portions of the nationally-released motion picture, “The Sandlot.”
Kimball’s recording credits have included music for ESPN, the Discovery Channel, and Disney, as well as soundtracks for motion pictures such as “The Sandlot,” “Mountain of the Lord,” “Son of the Mask,” and “Forever Strong.” Other recordings include music for the Nauvoo Pageant, the CD “Love is Spoken Here” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” for the Clinton Presidential Library (Little Rock, AR), and a forthcoming CD project with the traditional Dixieland group, The New Hot 5.
Kimball has performed chamber music with members of the Atlantic Brass, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Utah Symphony, and Phoenix Symphony. His current chamber affiliations include Brassworks (BYU’s faculty brass quintet) and Utah Trombone Authority (a trombone quartet with members of the Utah Symphony). His recently-released CD with Utah Trombone Authority is produced by Tantara Records. Kimball is also a member of Utah’s Ultimate Trombone Ensemble, an active professional trombone choir that recently performed at the International Trombone Festival.
His students have been accepted at many of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including Juilliard, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of North Texas, and Arizona State University. His students have also been winners or finalists at numerous international competitions, including the International Trombone Association Van Haney Competition, Eastern Trombone Workshop Solo Competition, National Association of Negro Musicians Concerto Competition, Leonard Falcone Euphonium Competition, MTNA Solo Competition, and MTNA Chamber Music Competition.
Kimball received his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University, where he studied with Daniel Bachelder. He also studied with Larry Zalkind of the Utah Symphony. He obtained his Master’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he studied trombone with Murray Crewe and euphonium with Brian Bowman. He subsequently began work toward his doctorate at Boston University, where he studied with Scott Hartman, and completed his DMA at Arizona State University, where he studied with Gail Wilson.
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