Larry Isaacson

Professor of Trombone and Conducting
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Larry Isaacson joined the Conservatory in 1985, and is a professor of trombone and conducting. He teaches private trombone lessons as well as the courses Foundations of Instrumental Studies in Brass, Brass Seminar, Conducting 1, and Conducting 2. He also coaches chamber music and conducts several ensembles on campus, including Brass Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, and pit orchestras for dance productions.

Isaacson is a former trombonist who began his career at the age of 19, performing as an extra with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall. He has performed worldwide in concert and on recordings with many of America’s finest ensembles, including the Empire Brass Quintet, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Detroit Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. He has performed in all musical mediums, including television, radio, commercials, and recordings. He has traveled extensively for concerts, to Europe, Japan, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Isaacson is a former faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New England Conservatory, Boston University, Tufts University, University of New Hampshire, Mannes School of Music, McMaster University, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

Isaacson is a regular guest conductor at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and the Old South Church in Boston, and also has guest conducted the Oregon Symphony, Longwood Symphony (Massachusetts), Concord Orchestra (Massachusetts), and at the Round Top (Texas) and Eastern Music (North Carolina) festivals.

Isaacson was trained at Northwestern University, where he received his B.M. in trombone performance with honors. His trombone teachers included members of the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago symphonies as well as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

  • School Name
    Northwestern University
    State or Province
    Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
    Field of Study
    Trombone Performance
    Date Degree Received
In Their Own Words

I like to teach in the broadest way possible, giving trombone students a solid background in many styles and techniques so that they are prepared to play anything required of them during their careers.