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Douglas Warner | Principal Trombone

Doug Warner has been Principal Trombonist of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera since 1985. He is also Assistant Professor of Music at Lee University School of Music, where he teaches Applied Low Brass and Introduction to Music History. He holds degrees from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.M. in Trombone Performance) and The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M. and D.M.A., both in Trombone Performance). Dr. Warner’s primary instructors include James Ryon, Allen Ladner, Harry Maddox, Tony Chipurn, and David Vining.

From 1986 to 1997, Warner was a member of the King’s Brass, a nine member, sacred brass, summer touring ensemble, with which he has recorded four albums. His arrangements can be heard on several of the group’s recordings. A frequent substitute with the Huntsville (Alabama) Symphony Orchestra he has also performed with the Dayton (Ohio) Philharmonic, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Kentucky Symphony.

A native of Hanover, Pennsylvania, Warner moved to Chattanooga in 1984 to begin his collegiate studies. In addition to his teaching at Lee University, he has taught Applied Low Brass at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Covenant College, and Cadek Conservatory. From 1989 to 1996, he served as Manager of the Chattanooga Symphony Youth Orchestra. Doug and his wife, Melissa have two daughters, Abigail and Morgan.

Most memorable experience our favorite CSO moment:

My first concert with the CSO: Shostakovich 5 under Vahktang Jordania

Why did you choose your instrument?

Fell in love with the sound of the trombone when I heard my dad’s friend (an amateur trombonist) play when I was a young child.

Where did you go to school? Who did you study with?

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (Master’s and Doctorate)

University of TN Chattanooga

Teachers: Tony Chipburn, David Vining, Harry Madox

Where else can CSO audiences see you?

Associate professor of Music at Lee University

What are your hobbies?

Too busy being a husband, father, and musician to have any hobbies!

Do you have a family? Pets?

Wife (Melissa) and Daughters (Abby, 11; Morgan, 10). 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 hamster (all female). My wife and I also serve as foster parents.

Who is your favorite composer? Piece?

Mahler & Bach

Favorite piece: Mahler Symphony No. 2