Connor Rowe was initially reluctant to play a band instrument, and only did so at the
urging of his mother. However this reluctance didn’t last long—he began playing the
trombone at age 10 and quickly found freedom in the sound and mechanics of the
instrument. Seven years of passionate practicing culminated in his winning the 2015
Gilberto Gagliardi International Trombone Competition, then earning a position in
Carnegie Hall’s 2016 National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Connor went on to
study at the Colburn School with Mark Lawrence for his Bachelor’s degree, and
received his Master’s at the Juilliard School studying with Joseph Alessi. He received
additional training at the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and Music
Academy of the West, and continued his success as a soloist, winning the 2018 Lätszch
Trombone Festival Competition, the 2019 Pasadena Showcase House Solo
Competition, and 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. He currently holds
positions in the United States Coast Guard Band and the New Haven Symphony.
Additionally, he has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World
Symphony, Princeton Symphony, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra.

Connor began his teaching career at the Colburn School teaching students individually
and in groups through Colburn’s Jumpstart program. He continued teaching privately
while attending Juilliard, and now is excited to be giving individual lessons at the
Thames Valley Music School.

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