YSU students never cease to amaze with their varied interests, but for Morgan Wynn, a May 2013 graduate, playing the trombone has past the point of just being a hobby and become a career. “I practice a few hours a day on my own, and might have rehearsals on top of that, so up to six hours a day,” she said.
A native of Aliquippa, Pa., Wynn graduates in May with a degree in Music Education. She has earned a full-tuition fellowship/graduate assistantship to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to pursue a master’s degree in trombone performance.
“A performance degree means becoming the best you can be on your instrument,” she said. She will also learn about the history of the trombone and music written for it, take some theory and orchestral literature courses, all while playing in CMU ensembles. Wynn’s scholarship is two-thirds fellowship and one-third graduate assistantship that requires her to play for the school as well as either teach or work on campus.
Wynn’s musical adventure started when she joined her high school band. Her family wanted her to play the flute; she liked the fun appearance of the trombone, and “it sort-of happened,” she laughs. She likes playing more modern compositions, also playing the bass trombone in the YSU Jazz Band, and listens to modern Jazz, classical and alternative music when she isn’t listening to the pieces she’s learning to play.
Other than music, Morgan likes drawing, photography and playing soccer, but she doesn’t find much time for non-musical endeavors. She also dabbles in guitar, piano, tuba, trumpet, and clarinet due to her music education major requirements. She auditioned for and toured with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2012, and won the Dana Young Artist Competition and the Dean’s Award for the Dana School of Music in 2013.
When she graduates from CMU – the best trombone player that she can be – Morgan hopes to take professional auditions and play for an orchestra, but could also see herself teaching elementary education music. “Or both,” she smiles.