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Heartland Community Trombone Choir debuts with free performance

April 17, 2018

A unique group of musicians will make their debut at a Heartland Community College auditorium this spring.

The Heartland Community Trombone Choir is comprised of musicians with ages ranging from 16 to 67.

Joe Tiemann, director of the choir and adjunct music instructor at Heartland, said he formed the group for multiple purposes.

“The Choir gives current Heartland students an ensemble to play in and gives trombonists in the community a place to play,” Tiemann said. “But it also gives high school students who participate an opportunity to gain college credit.”

High School students who are interested in joining the group to gain Heartland credit would contact Mr. Tiemann to form an independent study project. The number of credits earned would be determined by the structure and depth of the study.

“Offering college credit for participation in a group ensemble is a real benefit to high school students,” said Carol Hahn. “Music majors at the college level need a certain number of ensemble credits for their degree.”

Participation in the choir for high school students, or anyone else, doesn’t have to be tied to credit. Unlike some music ensembles at Heartland, the Trombone Choir is open to anyone, of any age, who is looking to join. Tiemann pairs some of the less experienced members with more experienced trombonists.

The choir, currently made of up 10 players, has been rehearsing since the end of January. They are set to give their debut public performance on the Heartland Community College campus in Normal.

The choir will give a free performance at Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC) auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Written by: Steve Fast