Chicago-based trombonist Corey Sansolo enjoys a diverse performing and teaching career. He is a member of the Axiom Brass quintet and the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, the director and founder of the DC Trombone Workshop, and adjunct instructor of trombone at Millikin University and Valparaiso University.
Corey has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, and Chicago Philharmonic. Additionally, he has made guest appearances as principal trombone for the Detroit Opera Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony, and Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago.
Corey has also performed at the Paramount Theatre for productions of Cinderella and Dreamgirls as well as in concerts with the Grand Rapids Symphony, National Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony, New Philharmonic, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra, New Orchestra of Washington, American Pops, Opera Camerata of Washington, and Washington Opera Society and has served as second trombonist with the York Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his chamber work with the Axiom Brass, he has performed with the Tower Brass, the Washington Trombone Ensemble, and The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. As a soloist, Corey has been a finalist in competitions for the International Trombone Association and the American Trombone Workshop. Versatile across many genres, he has performed with Streetlight Manifesto, Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, San Fermin, Oshima Brothers, and Marian McLaughlin's Spirit House Ensemble.
An experienced educator, Corey maintains a strong private studio of low brass students who regularly earn seats in top youth orchestras and all-state bands and jazz ensembles. His students have been finalists in the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition and the US Army Orchestra Concerto Competition and have earned scholarships to continue their musical studies at prestigious universities. He has coached chamber music at the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute and taught chamber music and low brass sectionals for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and Elgin Symphony Youth Orchestras. Corey currently teaches for The People's Music School, Oak Park River Forest High School, Oswego High School, and Oswego East High School and has previously taught for Whitney Young High School, Sistema Ravinia and the Bullis School. He has taught masterclasses at the University of Iowa, University of Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Grambling State University, Nazareth College, and Blinn College and given clinics at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of British Columbia, Northern Illinois University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Adelphi University.
"The opening notes of the album, played on trombone by Corey Sansolo, immediately captivated me and informed me that this was going to be an emotional experience."
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Born in Connecticut and raised in Maryland, Corey received his Bachelor's of Music Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's of Music degree at the University of Maryland. He attended the National Orchestral Institute, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Miami Music Festival. His teachers include Craig Mulcahy, Dr. John Marcellus, Andrew Chappell, John Huling, and Dale Cheal.