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Q&A with a music major and trombonist Stefan Castro


Stefan Castro as photographed by Elizabeth Dreher '14.

On April 21, music major Stefan Castro will present a trombone recital. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. at the Performance Hall in the Covington Center. We asked him about what inspires him about the trombone as an instrument? We also asked him if he could perform with another (famous) musician whom would he choose? Here is how he answered those and eight other questions.

1. Where are you from originally?

A. I grew up in Barboursville, Virginia, a small town just outside of Charlottesville.

2. Why did you choose Radford University to pursue a major in music?

A. I chose Radford over other schools like VCU and GMU because of the size, and the personality of the teachers. It’s a much more individualized program than the bigger schools have.

3.  When did you first begin playing the trombone?

A. I’ve been playing the trombone since sixth grade, which was 11 years ago.

4.    Do you have any other musical talents?

A. I’m decent at brass instruments in general, and I also play a bit of piano.

5.    What do you enjoy about playing the trombone?

A. The trombone has a certain level of freedom that other instruments don’t have because of the slide. I can have a lot of fun with certain effects that I wouldn’t be able to do on other instruments.

6. Is the recital coming up your first recital? If not, how many recitals have you been in?

A. I’ve played on numerous departmental recitals throughout the past two years, and also played on George Saunders senior recital last semester. This is my first solo recital, though.

7. How are you preparing for the recital?

A. I’m spending the majority of my free time in the practice room. Along with that, I’m listening to recordings of the pieces I’m playing daily.

8. Who or what have inspired your musical talents?

A. I would say just listening to the trombone greats has inspired me throughout my musical career. There is always someone better than you, and it’s good to strive to be at the same level as them.

9. If you could play in a recital with anyone in the world, who would you choose?

A. I would love to play a show with Wycliffe Gordon, who is a professional jazz   trombone player. He’s a phenomenal player, and a really nice guy. I did get the chance to meet him in December in Chicago at a music conference.

10. What are your plans for after you graduate?

A. I’m hoping to find a job as a middle or high school band director, preferably in Virginia.

Apr 14, 2014
Sabrina Anderson

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