Ava Ordman Professor of Trombone


  • Brass and Percussion

417 Music Practice Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 353-3848

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Ava Ordman is professor of trombone at the Michigan State University College of Music.

She has extensive orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance experience. Ordman has performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra; Cabrillo (CA) Music Festival Orchestra; Detroit Chamber Winds; Western Brass Quintet; and American Classic Trombone Quartet. Ordman was principal trombonist with the Grand Rapids Symphony for 24 years prior to moving to the Detroit area to train and work as a psychotherapist; teach low brass at Oakland University; and freelance as a trombonist.

Ordman has been a featured soloist with many orchestras throughout the United States, including her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with The American Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at several International Trombone Association workshops; the International Brassfest in Bloomington, IN; and the First International Women's Brass conference in St. Louis, MO. She also performed the world premiers of Steven Smith's "Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra" with the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony Orchestra; and Libby Larsen's "Mary Cassat" with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Both of these works were commissioned to be performed by Ordman.

She was a finalist in the Concert Artist Guild Competition; The Louise D. MacMahon International Solo Competition; and the International Trombone Competition in Toulon, France.

Ordman is featured on a Koss Classics CD of concertos by Donald Erb. She also released a solo CD in 2017, titled, "It's About Time: Music for Trombone by Women Composers."

She earned her B.M. and M.M. in trombone performance from the University of Michigan, and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.

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  • It's About Time: Music for Trombone by Women Composers; Derek Kealii Polischuk, piano; Blue Griffin Recordings (2017).
  • River Melos- Andrea Clearfield
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  • The Devil's Dermish- Lauren Bernofsky
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  • Fantasy for Trombone- Elizabeth Raum
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  • A Caged Bird- Barbara York
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  • Other Recordings:
  • Trombone Concertino, I. Dialogue- Frank Ticheli
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  • Concerto For Trombone and Orchestra, mvmt. 1- Donald Erb
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