Jemmie Robertson

Professor, Eastern Illinois University

Jemmie Robertson is Associate Professor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University where he performs with the Eastern Faculty Brass Quintet, directs the Eastern Crossbones Trombone Ensemble and organizes and hosts the annual Midwest Trombone Euphonium Conference (MTEC 2016 will be held Nov. 4th-6th, 2016, at EIU in Charleston, IL).

Jemmie performs, tours, and records with the American Trombone Quartet. Jemmie is an active musician in the Chicago area where he has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Civic Orchestra and many other ensembles. Jemmie has also performed throughout the Midwest in various ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, and many others. Jemmie serves as Principal Trombone of the biennial Santo Domingo Festival in the Dominican Republic and performs each summer with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where he has also performed with the Breckenridge Brass, the Breckenridge Brass Trio, and recently appeared as a soloist in Albrechtsberger Alto Trombone Concerto and was a Baroque night featured artist performing the Cesare La Hieronyma and the Falconieri Passacalle on sackbut.

Jemmie studied at Northwestern University (DM) with Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes, and Charlie Vernon; Yale University (MM) with Scott Hartman and John Swallow; at the University of Northern Colorado (BM) with Buddy Baker; and with his father, Dr. James D. Robertson. Jemmie previously was a member of the Virginia Symphony and the USAF Heritage of America Band. Jemmie also has two solo CDs, A New Day Dawning (2008, MSR Classics Label and iTunes) and The Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014, CDBaby and iTunes) plus an upcoming project slated for release in the fall of 2016, titled Collaborations. Jemmie is an Artist/Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co.

“I’m extremely happy with the liveliness of sound from my new T-396A. The sound is very even across all registers and the instrument provides a subtle flexibility of tone colors that is malleable for a variety of musical styles. I love how the instrument blends in a variety of settings, from solo work, to brass quintet and mixed chamber ensembles, to playing principal or second trombone parts in the symphony orchestra setting. Since switching to the new Edwards horn I notice that I can play a variety of passages from our repertoire with much greater ease and efficiency. I’m convinced that Edwards makes the highest quality products on the market, from design and manufacturing, to fitting you to the ideal instrument. Edwards consistently delivers so that you can focus on musical artistry.”

Jemmie Robertson