Tri-State Ensembles


Tri-State Ensembles is a program I started eight years ago to provide quality chamber ensemble experiences for advanced musicians.

Let Tri-State Ensembles be your chamber music outlet!

This program is all about training student musicians to become professionals with the use of chamber ensembles! TSE fast forwards the clock for these students, and simulates “real world” professional musician situations. Students are accepted by audition to participate in small ensembles. This program rehearses minimally, while still allowing students to perform mulitiple concerts. Tri-State takes into consideration that people are busy, and every effort is taken to not be a conflict!

Tri-State Ensembles offers many small ensembles students can be part of, and we continue to grow each year. We continue to add new ensembles and classes yearly to offer something for everyone. Currently, Tri-State Ensembles consists of a Trumpet Ensemble, Advanced Jazz Combo, Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Quintet, Pop/Rock Ensemble , Flute Ensemble and a Beginning and Advanced Music Theory Class. Tri-State Ensembles just LAUNCHED a BRAND NEW program offering group music lessons for beginning musicians called START UP!

The Tri-State Jazz Combo, 2016, Isidore Rudnick, Director


If the above reasons were not enough, TSE also offers masterclasses by professionals in the Tri-State area. Check out some classes that TSE has had in the past, just to name a few!

  • Daniel Zehringer – Assistant Professor of Trumpet Wright State University
  • Scott Belck – Director of Jazz Studies CCM
  • Brent Gallaher – Professional Sax, teaches at CCM
  • Alan Siebert – Professor of Trumpet, CCM
  • Adam Hayes – Instructor of Trumpet, Berry College Atlanta, GA
  • Phil DeGreg – Professor of Jazz Piano, CCM
  • Kim Pensyl – Professor of Jazz Composition, CCM
  • Philip Collins – Retired Principal of the Cincinnati Symphony
  • Ashley Hall – Member Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nathan Tighe – Degrees from Eastman School of Music and Boston Conservatory
  • Raquel Rodriguez – Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Northern Kentucky University
  • Ixi Chen – Member Cincinnati Symphony
  • Steve Pride – Member Cincinnati Symphony
  • Brandon Weaver – Ironwing Studios
  • Charlie Decker – Tennessee Technological University
What professionals are saying about Tri-State Ensembles. . . .

“I have worked with the Tri-State Ensembles jazz combo on several occasions and enjoyed it much. The students play well and are clearly interested in knowing more about the music.”
-Philip DeGreg – Professor of Jazz Piano, CCM

“Tri-State Ensembles is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians in the Tri-State area. One can do just so much in the practice room. This ensemble training provides a vital piece of each player’s development.”
-Philip Collins – Retired Principal Trumpet, CSO