Lawrence University Welcomes Musician, Educator Stuart Dempster as Artist-in-Residence

APPLETON, WIS. — Acclaimed trombonist, composer and teacher Stuart Dempster presents a pair of talks and a recital during a three-day, visiting artist residency at Lawrence University.


Dempster discusses his diverse musical life, from his role as a founding member of the Deep Listening Band to the publication of his landmark book “The Modern Trombone: A Definition of Its Idioms,” Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. in the address “Dempster Diving: You Never Know What You’ll Find” in the Music-Drama Center 259.

Professor emeritus of music at the University of Washington and a leading figure in the development of contemporary trombone technique and performance, Dempster joins musical forces with Dean of the Conservatory Brian Pertl, Lawrence faculty and students Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. in Harper Hall in a recital performance featuring trombone, conch shells, didjeridu and harmonic singing.

He closes his residency Friday, Oct. 9 with the presentation “Didjeri-dialogue with Stuart Dempster” at 11:10 a.m. in Harper Hall. In the talk, Dempster will discuss his experiences collaborating with many of the leading figures of 20th-century music, among them Terry Riley, John Cage, Luciano Berio and Pauline Oliverso.

All events are free and open to the public.