Posted August 7, 2012
James Roberts Retires from Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville State University has announced the retirement of their long time trombone professor, Dr. James Roberts, effective August 1, 2012, after a JSU career spanning 38 years. Dr. Roberts came to the JSU faculty in 1974 and for several years taught all the low brass instruments, happily narrowing his focus, but not reducing his load, to the trombone in the early 80s. He developed the JSU Trombone Choir and also taught courses in brass and music literature, as well as conducting and music education. His degrees are from Hartt College of Music and The University of Iowa, and he has studied with Robert Briggs, Robert Meyers, John Coffey, Israel Kopmar, Vernon Forbes, John Hill, and Frank Crisafulli. Graduates of his studio currently hold positions in teaching and administration at The University of Georgia, Gustavus Adolphus College, Jacksonville State University, The University of South Alabama, Cornell College, Mannes College of Music, and The Juilliard School; and in performance with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Iceland Symphony, The U.S. Army Band, and U.S. Navy Bands. He is a long-standing member of the International Trombone Association and has served the ITA as Research Committee Chair on two separate occasions and as Assistant Editor for Research for the ITA Journal for several years in the 80s. His articles and reviews of brass publications have appeared in ITAJ and in The American Music teacher, the journal of the Music Teachers National Association. He has presented papers at the International Trombone Festival and the MTNA National Convention, as well as the Eastern Trombone Workshop, where he currently serves as adjudicator for the ETW National Solo Competitions. Most recently, Dr. Roberts has traveled as a member of the Trombone Choir of America (a.k.a. Cramer Choir) in their July, 2012, concert tour of Europe and presentation at ITF/Paris. In his retirement, he plans to continue his association with the trombone, and he prefers to be known as "Jim"!