Lawrence Isaacson

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Trombone Chair of Brass

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

Lawrence Isaacson joined the Conservatory in 1985 and teaches the courses Brass Fundamentals and Brass Seminar as well as private trombone lessons. In addition, he conducts several ensembles on campus, including Brass Ensemble, Orchestra Repertoire, and dance production pit orchestras.

A former trombonist who began his career at the age of 19 performing as an extra with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Isaacson 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 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 the music director and conductor of Symphony Nova, an orchestra that he founded in 2007 in Boston. As the only postgraduate professional training orchestra in New England, Symphony Nova's mission is to "transform aspiring orchestral musicians into successful arts professionals." Isaacson has been a regular guest conductor at the Aspen Music Festival for over 15 years and has also guest conducted the Oregon Symphony, Longwood Symphony, and at the Round Top and Eastern Music 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.