Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Christian M. Dickinson, D.M.A.

Second Advisor

Kevin E. Eisensmith, D.M.A.

Third Advisor

Carl J. Rahkonen, Ph.D.


The following study gives a detailed account of four trombone works to be performed for a Master's level recital. The selected works, all by American-born composers, reflect a variety of compositional styles. The study includes biographies of each composer and a detailed analysis for each work. I used historical and descriptive research to become well acquainted with each piece. I also interviewed composers when possible. A chapter is dedicated to each work, with a section for a biography and an analysis. The results of this study will serve as a document that can aid the preparation for presenting these works in public performance. The works were presented in recital on April 23, 2012. The document concludes with the recital program.