Timothy Myers

Principal Trombonist, St. Louis Symphony

Timothy Myers has held the Saint Louis Symphony’s Mr. and Mrs. William J. Orthwein Principal Trombone Chair since 1997. Mr. Myers joined the Symphony in 1983. He has appeared with the SLSO as a soloist on both trombone and euphonium, most recently in the Christopher Rouse Trombone Concerto. He has appeared as both soloist and as artist-faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He also performed with the Alpen Brass at the Strings in the Mountain Festival and as Principal Trombone in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Mr. Myers has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra, and has given a number of solo recitals in the Midwest. He has also toured with the Summit Brass and has appeared with the Bay Brass.

From 1990 to 1992, he was a Visiting Artist at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and he has taught trombone at Webster University, Saint Louis University, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He currently teaches trombone at Washington University in Saint Louis, along with maintaining an active private studio. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mr. Myers studied with Frank Crisafulli.

Myers is a founding member of The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. The Trombones have recently released two recordings: 4.1, which includes many classic trios and quartets; and Fleur de Lis, which features many of the quartet’s own arrangements. Mr. Myers is also the co-founder of the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective, an organization that provides educational and performance opportunities for all low brass players in the Saint Louis region, especially students and amateurs.

A new music enthusiast, Mr. Myers premiered a number of new works. He is a frequent performer on the Pulitzer Foundation’s St. Louis Symphony Concert Series, which is devoted entirely to new music, and he appeared many times on the St. Louis Symphony’s Discovery series. In the Saint Louis area, he has performed for the New Music Circle and HEARding Cats Collective. He also has performed at the Mizzou International Composers Festival with Alarm Will Sound. He is a member of the Symphonic Supertrio, an improvisational ensemble. Mr. Myers is also an arranger, particularly for the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. He actively promotes the work of other composers, including recent commissions from Martin Kennedy and Adam Maness.

Mr. Myers spent his early years in Coshocton, Ohio. He is married to Dana Edson Myers, a first violinist in the Saint Louis Symphony. They have two sons, Peter and Henry, who are both accomplished cellists. The Myers family also sponsors a young Mongolian cellist, Nomin Zolzaya.

Mr. Myers performs on the Edwards T396-A tenor trombone.

Why Tim Plays Edwards

“I think the key word about the Edwards T396-A is flexibility. I ask this horn to do a lot of different things, and it obliges me consistently. I think it gets me closer to the sound in my head than any other horn I have played. It has an even response and a singing sound in all registers, at all dynamics. When I play the high parts with the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, the horn responds easily and doesn’t feel stuffy. For solo work, the T396-A lets me get lots of different colors. In the orchestra, the horn is blending when I need it to be, and focused and projecting when the trombone sound needs to be prominent. The fine-tuning afforded by the Harmonic Bridge makes this horn truly customized to me. I’ve never played a better horn.”

Timothy Myers