Jemmie Robertson

The Versatile One

Dr. Jemmie Robertson joins the faculty of the University of Florida in August 2018 as Assistant Professor of Trombone.  Jemmie is currently Associate Professor of Trombone at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. He is a founding member of the American Trombone Quartet with whom he performs, tours, and records. He performs each summer with the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where he has also performed with the Breckenridge Brass and the National Repertory Orchestra on numerous occasions. In Summer 2018, he will appear as a soloist in the Albinoni Concerto a cinque, Op. IX, No. 2 (version for Alto Trombone, Strings and Continuo) with the BMF Orchestra on Baroque Night. He has also appeared as a soloist in Albrechtsberger’s Alto Trombone Concerto and was recently a Baroque Night featured artist performing both the Cesare La Hieronyma and the Falconieri Passacalle on sackbut.

Jemmie is an active performer throughout the Midwest having recently performed in various ensembles including the St. Louis Symphony, Quad-Cities Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, Illinois Symphony, St. Louis Low Brass Collective, and others. He is also 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, Chicagoland Pops, Chicago Philharmonic, and many other ensembles. At Eastern Illinois University he performs with the Eastern Faculty Brass Quintet and Faculty Jazz Combo, directs the Eastern “Crossbones” Trombone Ensemble, organizes and hosts the annual Midwest Trombone Euphonium Conference, teaches applied trombone, and coaches chamber ensembles.

Jemmie also served as Principal Trombone of the biennial Santo Domingo Festival in the Dominican Republic from 2011-2015.

Dr. Robertson 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 in Billings, MT where his father was a professor at Montana State University - Billings.  After undergraduate school at UNC Greeley, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. Subsequently, he was a member of the Virginia Symphony before returning to graduate studies at Yale University.

Dr. Robertson has three solo CDs, A New Day Dawning (2008), The Conditions of a Solitary Bird (2014) and his newest CD project, Collaborations (2017).  He also recently recorded as a member of Southeast Trombone Symposium on the Legacy CD recording project and on Music of the Baroque’s O Be Joyful album.

In February 2017, Dr. Robertson gave pre-concert talks for the National Symphony Orchestra performances of the Christopher Rouse Trombone Concerto. He also lectured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the Partners In Education National Conference. At ITF 2018, Dr. Robertson will perform with the Southeast Trombone Symposium Professors Choir, Kramer Ensemble, American Trombone Quartet, and will premiere the Rheaume Trombone Concerto on a Faculty Artists Recital.

Dr. Robertson has performed and/or presented at numerous conferences, including the American Trombone Workshop, International Trombone Festival, Big Twelve Trombone Workshop, Chicago Brass Festival, and the Wright State Trombone Day. He has also been a participant in the Alessi Seminar, the Pokorny Seminar, the Northwestern Summer Trombone Institute taught by Michael Mulcahy, and the National Orchestral Institute. He recently adjudicated the preliminary round of the ITF Alto Trombone Competition and the finals of the George Robertson Bass Trombone Competition. The Eastern Illinois University “Crossbones” Jazz Trombone Ensemble has also been invited to perform at ITF 2018 and are recent recipients of an EIU Impact Grant for Faculty guided Student Research.

Dr. Robertson is an Artist/Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co.