Alan Carr, bass trombone

Bass trombonist Alan Carr is an active performer, educator, and administrator living in North Yarmouth, ME. He directs the applied music program, teaches applied low brass, and directs the guest artist concert series at Bates College. He also recently joined the faculty of New England Music Camp and the University of Maine at Augusta. Dr. Carr founded and directs the Bates Brass Ensemble and serves as a board director for the Maine Music Society. Previously, he served on the music faculty at Concordia University Wisconsin. Carr is a member of the Southeast Trombone Ensemble Professors Choir which recently released a new recording "Legacy" on the Peer 2 Records label. The STS Choir is comprises trombone artists from major orchestras, and faculty performers from colleges and universities across the United States. He performed at the 2016 and 2018 International Trombone Festivals and has been a judge for the Yaxley International Solo Competition.


As an orchestral musician, Carr has performed with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He has worked with the Alabama, Baltimore, Dubuque, Hartford and Portland Symphony Orchestras, the Juilliard Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW of the Academy, and the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Carr has worked with noted conductors James Conlon, James DePriest, Charles Dutoit, Jahja Ling, Peter Oundjian, Matthias Pintscher, and Sir Roger Norrington. Carr has collaborated with artists such as Ben Folds, the Brubeck Brothers, Doc Severinson, Renee Fleming, Rachel Barton-Pine, and many others. He has performed in several international venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Alice Tully Hall, Seoul Arts Center, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Forbidden City Concert Hall, Shanghai Performing Arts Center, Helmut-List-Halle, and Schloss Eggenberg, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Bushnell Theatre, among others. Carr has also appeared on cruise ships such as the Norwegian Dawn and Celebrity Millenium.


Carr is a frequent guest clinician and performer as a member of the Sequenza Quartet. Recent performances by the trombone quartet include recitals and classes at Bates College, Duquesne University, Ohio University, the Ohio State University and Ohio University. In addition, Carr has performed and recorded with the American Brass Quintet, the Isthmus Brass Ensemble, and the King’s Brass. Carr played bass trombone in the King’s Brass for seven years, performing nearly 1000 concerts, and recording five albums during that time. As a soloist, Carr has been featured with the Concordia University Wisconsin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Madison Area Trombone Ensemble (MATE).


An advocate for new music, Carr has worked with several prominent composers to generate substantial new works for the trombone. These compositions will be featured on a recording titled The Elephant in the Room, scheduled for release in 2020. Some highlights from the album are a piece for bass trombone and string quartet by Anthony Barfield, and the Kleinhammer Sonata for bass trombone and piano by John Stevens. To help secure funding for these new works, Carr successfully wrote a grant awarded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute and also organized a consortium that includes players from the Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Metropolitan Opera, National, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, and several others. Carr gave a consortium premiere performance of the Kleinhammer Sonata on March 3, 2015 in Mills Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Carr has been a finalist in many competitions, including the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition and the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. He was also selected as a Fellow for the 2013 Alessi Seminar. Carr received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was chosen by a committee of performance faculty as one of three recipients of the Paul Collins Distinguished Fellowship. Carr holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and received a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School. He also holds the prestigious Artist Diploma from Yale University. His teachers were Randy Campora, Don Harwood, Scott Hartman, and Mark Hetzler. He has also studied with Paul Pollard, and Joseph Alessi. Carr can be heard on the Summit, Albany, and Naxos record labels and is an Edwards Instrument performing artist.