Guest Artist 2024

Dr. David Begnoche

David Begnoche is Assistant Professor of Trombone in the TCU School of Music. Previously on the faculty at the Longy School of Music, Mr. Begnoche has also served as artist-in-residence at Northeastern University and chamber music coach at Harvard University.

Mr. Begnoche maintains an active performing career with groups throughout the U.S. and abroad. His extensive professional performing experience includes titled positions with the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra (Chicago), Sarasota Opera (FL), Albany Symphony (NY), Spoleto Festival Orchestra (Italy), Charleston Symphony Orchestra (SC) and AIMS Festival Orchestra (Austria). He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and has recorded with the Boston Pops under John Williams. His commercial credits include performances in a variety of styles and venues, including appearances with Chet Atkins, Bill Watrous and Barry White.

A recipient of the Priddy Fellowship in Arts Leadership, Mr. Begnoche is a frequent and eager performer of new music and a strong advocate for American music in particular. He can be heard on première recordings of works by John Harbison, Gian Carlo Menotti, Steven Stucky, Virgil Thomson, and Charles Wuorinen, to name a few. Contemporary music ensembles Mr. Begnoche has performed with include Essential Music (NY), Fulcrum Point (Chicago), and, as soloist, with the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. Reflective of his advocacy of new music, Mr. Begnoche has been active in the commissioning of solo and chamber works. His work with Pulitzer Prize winner John La Montaine resulted in the final version of the composer’s Trombone Quartet (2006).

Mr. Begnoche is a founding member of trombone quartet Stentorian Consort whose debut CD Myths and Legends, released on Albany Records in 2007, is comprised of world premiere recordings of original compositions for trombone quartet by American composers including Mr. LaMontaine’s Quartet. The Consort’s second recording will again feature original works as well as collaborations with guest artists Joseph Alessi and Peter Ellefson.

The Mystic (CT) native has served as International Trombone Association Affiliates Manager and AIM Membership Coordinator for two years, and serves on the ITA Competitions Committee. He has written articles and conducted interviews for the ITA Journal, the Brass Herald, and the American Composers Forum. In addition to doctoral studies (University of North Texas), Mr. Begnoche holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (MM) and the New England Conservatory of Music (BM). His principal teachers include John Swallow (New York Brass Quintet), Steven Norrell (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and Jay Friedman (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).