Trombone Workshop Faculty

Dr. Josh Becker teaches 5th Grade Band in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, MN. He also directs the Prince of Peace Brass Choir in Burnsville, plays in the JazzMN Orchestra and teaches a large low brass studio in the Twin Cities metro. 
Dr. Becker holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trombone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. He also received degrees from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and UW-Eau Claire. 
He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Rochester Philharmonic, Symphoria Orchestra of Syracuse, Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He played bass trombone with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra's US tour in 2009. Dr. Becker has also been a finalist in solo and chamber music competitions with the International Trombone Association and the American Trombone Workshop. 
Chris Caine is a versatile freelance trombonist and educator originally from northern Minnesota. Before moving to Minneapolis, he spent several years performing with the nationally touring musical productions of Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, and Elf the Musical. Mr. Caine has played with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Mankato Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Big Time Jazz Orchestra, and numerous other local big bands and projects. He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 
Carson King-Fournier is a professional trombonist and educator living in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to teaching an active private studio, he currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU), and also as the Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Augsburg University. Carson holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Juilliard School, and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University. His principal teachers include Joseph Alessi, Michael Mulcahy, R. Douglas Wright, Timothy Higgins, Randall Hawes, Kari Sundstrom, and Dr. John Tranter. As a performer, Carson has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the USMA Band at West Point, and at many festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Tanglewood Music Centre, and Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival. In 2013, Carson was runner-up for the ITA Robert Marsteller Competition and was runner-up in the 2014 ITA Trombone Quartet Competition with his group from Northwestern, the Lakeside Quartet. Additionally, in 2014 he was selected as one of seven brass Semi-Finalists in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (OSM) Standard Life Competition, the most prestigious classical competition in Canada.

Phil Ostrander is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he conducts the Symphony Band and teaches private trombone. Prior to his work at Eau Claire, he held a faculty position in New York at SUNY Geneseo teaching trombone and jazz studies. Dr. Ostrander completed his doctoral studies in trombone performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he was lead trombone in the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Ostrander received master's degrees in both trombone and wind conducting from the New England Conservatory, as well as a bachelor's and Performer's Certificate from Eastman. From 1999 to 2001, he taught trombone and conducted the wind ensemble at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and the popular chamber groups Rhythm and Brass, and also Burning River Brass. Dr. Ostrander is Principal Trombone of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN.  Dr. Ostrander is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation.  He lives in Stillwater, MN with his wife Allison and children, Lydia and Eliott.

Dr. John Tranter (alto, tenor and bass trombones, euphonium, tuba) has served as an Affiliate Professor of Low Brass at the University of Minnesota since Spring 2003, and is an active freelance musician in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. In addition to performing regularly with the Minnesota Opera, Dr. Tranter has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the JazzMN Big Band, and many touring Broadway shows at local venues.  Outside of Minnesota, he has also performed and/or recorded with Symphonia (America’s first professional tuba-euphonium ensemble), Orquesta Sinfónica de Trujillo (Perú), the Palm Beach Opera, the Kansas City Symphony Brass Quintet, and the American Wind Symphony. In addition to teaching at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Tranter has also taught at Saint Olaf College, the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Concordia University—Saint Paul and Normanale Community College.  During the 1999-2000 academic year, Dr. Tranter was the trombonist of the Skyline Brass, an ensemble-in-residence at Drake University, Iowa State University and Grinnell College (funded by the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America program). Dr. Tranter currently holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (Doctor of Music in Trombone Performance), Florida State University (Master of Music in Trombone Performance) and the University of Kansas (Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance, minor in euphonium). He remains active as a recitalist on all low brass instruments as a guest artist at various universities and festivals, both locally and throughout the Midwest.