Meet the Studio
Meet the Studio
Students in the UNCSA Trombone Studio range from high school to graduate-level studies. The studio is led by professor John Ilika.
Coming from a background as an accomplished freelancer also as Principal Trombone of a major symphony orchestra, John has familiarity with both worlds. Whether you want to play commercially, or prepare for a orchestral audition, he has been there—and he's been successful. He has been on faculty at UNCSA since 2010.
The 2016-17 members of the studio share their level of study and favorite thing about the UNCSA Trombone Studio:
Cameron (C.J.) Luke
C.J. is 24 years old and studies the bass trombone. He is a first year graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va. His favorite thing about the studio? "I like studying with John Ilika."
Daniel is 20 years old and a third-year undergrad. "My favorite thing about the trombone studio is playing in the trombone choir."
Jack is 18 years old and plays bass trombone. He is from Raleigh, NC. His favorite thing about the trombone studio? "That I can use the studio itself to practice in any time it is free."
Jon (Forrest) Dunn
Forrest is 19 years old and studies tenor trombone. He's a second year undergraduate from Asheboro, NC. "My favorite thing about studying at the School of the Arts is the intimacy of playing in all of the different ensembles. In a small school, you get to know a lot of people and learn really cool stuff."
Kevin is 18 years old and studies tenor trombone. This is his first year at UNCSA. He is from Korea and grew up in Fayetteville, NC. "My favorite thing about the trombone studio is that my professor is really cool."
Lauren is 16 years old and studies tenor trombone in her second year at UNCSA. She grew up in Cawtawba, NC. Her favorite thing about the trombone studio? "The sound that we all have together."
Max is a second year college student studying tenor trombone. He grew up in Holly Springs, NC. "My favorite thing about the UNCSA Trombone Studio is that the trombone sections cycle throughout the the different ensembles and we get a lot of variety."
Sam is 17 years old and studies bass trombone in his second year at UNCSA. He grew up in Raleigh, NC. "My favorite thing about the UNCSA Trombone Studio is that I get to borrow the studio bass trombone because I can’t afford one on my own."