Artist Lecturer in Bass Trombone
Jeff Dee joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as principal bass trombone in fall 2016. Prior to this appointment, he held similar positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Jeff has been in demand as a guest artist with the major orchestras in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Naples, New York, Rochester, and San Francisco, and has participated in festivals in Barbados, Durango, and Sun Valley. While in Buffalo, he made 32 recordings with the orchestra, including Eric Ewazen’s Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra. Ewazen wrote the Triple Concerto for Jeff and his colleagues, Jonathan Lombardo and Timothy Smith, and together they gave the world premiere in 2012 under Maestro JoAnn Falletta.
Outside of the orchestra, Jeff has enjoyed numerous solo, chamber, and teaching engagements. He has been fortunate to solo in front of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Amherst Symphony, U.S. Army Orchestra, World Youth Symphony, Brooklyn Wind Symphony, and various college ensembles. A lover of chamber music, Jeff has participated as a member of the Buffalo Chamber Players, Buffalo Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and the Great Lakes Trombone Ensemble.
Jeff currently serves on faculty for both Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. Additionally, he has served on faculty for the University of North Florida and SUNY Fredonia, and led master classes throughout the U.S. For several summers, Jeff was guest artist and faculty for the Third Coast Trombone Retreat, an enriching program for trombonists of all ages.
A native of Plano, Texas, Jeff attributes his love of music to his public school music education and his inspiring teachers. He received a bachelor’s degree in performance from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in performance from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers include Joseph Alessi, Bob Burnham, Donald Harwood, and John Kitzman.