Jay Friedman is the trombone professor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. There, he teaches his small studio in a variety of formats. Recently, his students have been enjoying open lessons (or extended masterclasses) with Mr. Friedman, so they can all learn from each other's lessons in addition to their own. Friedman also provides other educational experiences for his students. In the spring of 2002, his studio participated in a masterclass with virtuoso trombonist Christian Lindberg. In 2003, the studio was involved in a masterclass with Hans Strocker, bass trombonist with the Vienna Philharmonic.

Friedman is also on the conducting staff at CCPA. He regularly conducts both the symphony and chamber orchestras. In addition, several times each year, he leads the brass section in a reading of an orchestral piece. In 2003, the brass students benefitted so much from his work with them on Mahler 3 that they unanimously requested a second session on the piece.

Education has been a priority throughout Friedman's career. In 1971, he created the Educational Brass Recordings label to publish the CSO Low Brass recording, which demonstrates how a low brass section can sound. His dedication to providing quality educational materials has not diminished since then; in 2001, he released a solo recording, The Singing Trombone. This disc is intended to help students understand how a trombone should sound without the benefit of accompaniment.

Mr. Friedman's students have been extremely successful professionally. His students occupy positions in major orchestras around the world, including the Gothenburg Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

The audition requirements for trombonists at the Chicago College of Performing Arts are as follows:



one Rochut Melodious Etude; either Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant, Concertino by David, or a work of similar difficulty.


one Rochut Etude; one intermediate or advanced technical etude; Two contrasting works by Bozza, Hindemith, Corelli, or Wagenseil. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts.

Bass Trombone


one Rochut Melodious Etude; two solo works in contrasting styles.


one Rochut Melodious Etude; one advanced level Etude by Tommy Pederson; two solo works of contrasting styles. Orchestral Studies applicants must also present at least five standard excerpts.

Performance Diploma:

3 major works with piano accompaniment, including a complete sonata or concerto. At least two stylistic periods must be represented.

Professional Diploma in Orchestral Studies:

Five standard excerpts of the applicant’s choice; one etude; a complete sonata or concerto with piano accompaniment.

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