Trombonist Justin Croushore is in demand across many boundaries of musical style. As an orchestral musician has held positions with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Serbia, Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with the Cape Ann Symphony in Massachusetts. He is a founding member of Some Assembly Required, a Boston-based chamber music ensemble and 2019 finalist for the American Prize Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music. Justin is the recipient of nine Cincinnati Entertainment Awards in the categories of best live performance and best world/reggae music as well as the 2013 Creativity Foundation Legacy Prize, an honor that “is awarded each year to young, gifted individuals in recognition of their unique creative talents and dedication to public service.”
Justin currently holds professor of low brass positions at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. An advocate for music education and social reform through the arts, he is a certified Teaching Artist and has worked in El Sistema programs throughout Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge. He holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Morehead State University. Former teachers include Bradley Kerns, Norman Bolter, Dr. William Mann, and Dr. Jeanie K. Lee.
Iowa-born Marilyn Bliss (b. 1954) has written many globally performed orchestral, chamber, and solo works. Educated at Coe College and the University of Pennsylvania, her teachers include such distinguished composers as George Crumb, George Rochberg, Jacob Druckman, Jerry Owen, and Harvey Sollberger. Her many awards include a Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy/Institute of Arts and Letters, an ASCAP Young Composers Award, Newly Published Flute Music awards from the National Flute Association, fellowships from Tanglewood, the Composers Conference, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and commissions from the Azure Ensemble, Haydn-Mozart Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Powell Quartet, the flutists James Zellers, James Pellerite, and Nina Assimakopoulos, and the National Flute Association. About her orchestral piece Huatzu Hill, the Boston Globe said “…a series of rich landscapes – the colors sharp, the feelings powerfully concentrated, the language eloquent, the expression precise.” Records International Catalogue calls her piano work Fantasies “a virtuosic, highly varied work, fantastic and wide-ranging.” Her Rima for piccolo and piano has been used as a standard contest piece for the National Flute Association’s piccolo competition. Several of Ms. Bliss’s recent scores have featured the Native American flute, both as a solo instrument and in combination with other instruments. Ms. Bliss is currently President of New York Women Composers.
Three Short Movements - Marilyn Bliss
Recorded at home in Oklahoma City, OK, January 20221
Justin Croushore, trombone
Mastered by Justin Croushore
Property of Shelter Recording Project, American Composers Alliance.