2022 Guest Artists
Previous Guest Artists
Dr. Deb Scott, Professor of Trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Deb Scott is the professor of trombone and bass trombone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also the director of SFA’s first jazz band, the Swingin’ Axes. She is a performing artist for Rath Trombones and is active as a performer and clinician in both classical and jazz styles.
Scott’s solo CD, Playing Favorites, was released in 2017 by Navona Records. She has been a featured soloist in many recitals and concerts with bands and orchestras in Texas and has been described as “one of the premiere soloists for her instrument” (Cinemusical 2017). Most recently, she was part of Christopher Bill’s YouTube sensation featuring 28 trombonists from throughout the world performing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. In 2016, she was a featured soloist and faculty member in Santa Fe, Argentina at Trombonanza. She is also regularly featured in radio broadcasts throughout North America. At the International Trombone Festival in 2010, she and the SFA trombone choir were described as playing a “fantastic performance…of some of the most challenging works in the trombone choir repertoire”.
Dr. Scott joined the administration of the International Trombone Festival in 2019 as the Director of the Composers Workshop. For a dozen years, she reviewed solos for the U.I.L. prescribed music list for trombone and bass trombone in the state of Texas. Over twenty jazz etudes composed by Dr. Scott have been accepted as audition material for the Texas All-State jazz trombone and bass trombone auditions; she has also selected all-state band audition material for trombone. She is active as a clinician and performer for All-Region jazz ensembles and jazz festivals. She reviews CDs for the International Trombone Association Journal.
Scott has performed with the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera, Longview Symphony, the Twentieth Century Unlimited Orchestra in Santa Fe, the New Mexico Music Festival Orchestra in Taos, the Orchestra of the Pines, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (Texas), the Greeley Philharmonic (Colorado), as well as the Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth Circus Band.
As a conductor, Scott has directed the Texas All-State Community College Jazz Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference and numerous all-region jazz bands.
As a jazz artist, Dr. Scott performed frequently in the Houston area as the lead trombonist for the Ronnie Renfrow Big Band where she also free-lanced often. She has performed with such artists as J.J. Johnson, Louis Bellson, Diane Reeves, Frank Mantooth, Phil Woods, Lee Greenwood, the Mills Brothers, and the Ink Spots.
She graduated with top honors from Texas Tech University and received the top award for her master’s degree at the University of Northern Colorado. She went on to be the first woman to complete a doctorate in trombone performance from the University of North Texas.
Lisa Albrecht, Second Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Lisa Albrecht is a native of Upstate New York and currently serves as Second Trombone with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Trombone of Opera Saratoga. She previously held positions in the Minnesota Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony. Albrecht is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with John Marcellus and was awarded the Emory Remington Scholarship and the Performer’s Certificate. Her other influential teachers include Alan Bomwell, George Osborn, James Desano, and Arnold Jacobs. In 1986 she joined the San Antonio Symphony and embarked on an orchestral career. She has subsequently performed with orchestras across the US, Europe, and Asia, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Detroit Symphony, St. Louis Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Seattle Symphony, American Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Luzerne Festival Orchestra, St. Petersburg Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Czech Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. During their 152nd season, she was appointed Assistant Principal Trombonist with the New York Philharmonic and became the first woman to serve in the orchestra’s brass section. Based in New York as a freelance artist for 15 years, she performed regularly at Lincoln Center and on Broadway. She has recorded with several orchestras, chamber ensembles, for television, radio, and film. Ms. Albrecht has also enjoyed collaborations with the Martha Graham, Mark Morris, and Eric Hawkins dance companies.
Her chamber music affiliations range from traditional ensembles such as the esteemed Summit Brass, Burning River Brass, and Excelsior Trombone Ensemble to the eclectic style of Proteus 7. She was a member of the early music brass ensemble Spiritus Collective and has also performed on period instruments with New York Early Music, The New York Collegium, and at the Rochester Early Music Festival. In 2012 she founded the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet. The group’s subsequent tour to Germany and Austria hatched their ever-popular incarnation, Oktoberbones - which continues to charm audiences through their festive Volkmusik appearances.
A frequent recitalist and clinician, she has appeared as a soloist at the International Trombone Festival, Eastern Trombone Workshop, the New York Brass Conference, the Lieksa Brass Week (Finland), and the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute.
Her commercial credits span from jazz and rock to pop and country, including performances with such legendary performers as Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, Shirley Jones, Ray Charles, Jack Jones, Joni Mitchell, Cassandra Wilson, Ann Hampton Calloway, Maureen McGovern, The Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, The Moody Blues, Elvis Costello, Seal, Antony and the Johnsons, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Barry Manilow, Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick, Emmylou Harris, Michael Martin Murphy, Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Ute Lemper, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane, Audra MacDonald, Sarah McLachlan, and Eartha Kitt.
While in New York, she performed in the Broadway productions of Candide, 1776, Swan Lake, The Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, Kiss Me Kate, The Sweet Smell of Success, Gypsy, The Lion King, The Music Man, Hairspray, Urinetown, Nine, Fiddler on the Roof, The Three Penny Opera, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line and Spamalot.
Ms. Albrecht has taught on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School (Pre-College Division), Incarnate Word College, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently maintains a private studio.
Her solo album, Sound & Resound, features works for trombone and organ and is a collaboration with organist Amanda R. Mole and the Hohenfels Trombone Quartet.
An avid hiker and climber, she may be found in high places from the Andes to the Alps and the Adirondacks. She is a licensed wilderness guide and an Adirondack 46er.
Thomas Hultén, Principal Trombone of the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet Orchestras
Thomas Hultén, Principal trombone with the Houston Grand Opera/Houston Ballet and Affiliate Artist with the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, started playing at the age of ten in the local Salvation Army Band in his hometown of Katrineholm, Sweden. After completing his military service with the Swedish Army Band, he studied trombone performance at the Gothenburg Conservatory. In 1988, he won a position with the Bohus Big Band, one of Sweden's two professional full-time big bands. Also a sought-after free-lance player, he has performed with the Gothenburg Symphony and the Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm.
Since moving to Houston, Texas in 1997, he has performed with the Houston Symphony, Theater Under The Stars, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Patti Austin, Johnny Mathis and Michael Bolton.
Hulten has played in the orchestra for several touring Broadway musicals, most recently "A Chorus Line" and "Wicked" at the Hobby Center in Houston.
An accomplished composer and arranger, he's been involved in several recording projects, most recently on the movie "Foam" featuring jazz singer Bob Dorough.
Hulten has been featured at the International Trombone Festival and has toured Europe, Japan, Germany, Holland Australia, New Zealand and the USA. His album "Slide Side" was released by Tierra Studios in 2009 and is available on iTunes and Amazon. "Slide Side" was nominated for five Grammys in 2010.
Gram Lee, Second Trombone of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Gram Lee is a performer and educator pursuing his Master’s in trombone performance at Yale University. He hails from Houston, Texas where he was a three time all state trombonist and drum major of Mayde Creek High School in Katy ISD. He attended the University of Michigan and received a double major in Music Education and Trombone Performance with High Honors and studied under David Jackson. During his undergraduate studies he was a finalist for the Eastern Trombone Workshop solo competition and the winner of the Wright State brass solo competition. He also performed with many orchestras and summer festivals such as Brevard Music Festival and the local Texas Music Festival (hosted in Houston), the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra.
After completing his undergraduate degrees he received an acceptance to Yale University where he currently studies with Scott Hartman. During his time at Yale, Gram has taught the undergraduate trombone students, been a teaching fellow for New Haven public schools, worked as a facility’s operations manager, made finals for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, was selected as a finalist for the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami Florida and won the 2nd trombone job of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Maine.
He currently lives in East Haven, CT and very much enjoys spending time with his loving English Cream Golden Retriever (Finley) and his close friends.
Noel Wallace, Visiting Assistant Professor of Low Brass, Tarleton State University
Dr. Noel Wallace is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Tarleton State University. Previous college teaching positions include adjunct positions at the University of North Texas, Brookhaven College, and Texas Woman's University. Dr. Wallace holds a bachelor degree in music from the Eastman School of Music, a masters degree in music from Penn State University, and a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Dr. Wallace holds a performance certificate from the Rotterdam Conservatory, in The Netherlands and a high school diploma in performance from the Interlochen Arts Academy. His primary teachers include Jan and Vern Kagarice, John Marcellus, Mark Lusk, and Ben van Dijk.
Dr. Wallace’s teaching duties at Tarleton include the teaching of all low brass (trombone, euphonium, and tuba), director/coach of low brass ensembles, teaching the low brass methods course, and director of the symphonic band. In addition to his Tarleton teaching duties Dr. Wallace also maintains a large private studio in the Hebron cluster of the Lewisville Independent School District.
As a performer Dr. Wallace has had a diverse career playing in variety of large ensembles, chamber groups, and as a soloist. He is currently an active member as a bass trombonist in the San Angelo Symphony, Keith Karns Big Band, Tarnished Brass Quintet, and Session Brass. His solo residency titled “All My Friends Are Trombone Players” is also in demand with collegiate studios throughout the US.
Dr. Wallace’s current scholastic/research interests include; health and wellness for brass players with an emphasis on the prevention and eradication of FTSD (focal task specific dystonia) and improving the methodological approaches to beginner instruction of brass players.
Currently living in Denton, Texas Dr. Wallace also has a passion for healthy living and athletics. Dr. Wallace shares his passions with his wife and favorite soprano, Dr. Alicia Wallace and their three crazy cats!
Bobby Guess, Shires Artist, Bass Trombone
Bobby Guess is an honor graduate of the University of Houston, and he is currently the Band Director at WoodCreek Junior High School in the Katy ISD and is a free-lance Bass Trombonist in the Gulf Coast Area. He performs in many venues and styles ranging from orchestral and Sacred to big band and R & B funk.
Bobby has completed his twenty-third year as a music educator in the State of Texas. He has taught in the Cypress-Fairbanks, Houston, Lamar Consolidated, Katy Independent School Districts and under his direction, his bands have received numerous local, state, and national awards. In 2004, Bobby was the recipient of Houston’s KPRC Channel 2 Sunshine Award, an award for educators nominated by their students and community. Bobby was featured as a presenter at the Texas Music Educators’ Association and the Texas Bandmasters’ Association Conventions in San Antonio, as an expert in trombone pedagogy. Bobby Guess is also an active brass clinician; engineering clinics for brass performers of all ages and disciplines. In 2008, Bobby joined the SE Shires Instrument Co as a performing artist.