Meet the Artists

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Peter Steiner

Featured Artist

At the age of 23, Peter Steiner was appointed Trombonist of the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic for the 2016-2017 season. Prior to that engagement he served as Principal Trombonist with the Colorado Symphony for the 2014-2015 season. He has performed as guest trombonist with the Munich Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.


His 2018-2019 season involves extensive international travel and features over 100 performances, including a 3-month World Tour of the United States, Europe, Asia and South America with Constanze Hochwartner (piano/organ) as Duo Steiner-Hochwartner, as well as solo concerts with orchestras around the globe. Other highlights for this season include a CD release tour throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States in July 2019, and solo appearances at the Lille (France) Trombone Festival and International Trombone Festival (Indiana, USA). 


Mr. Steiner has soloed with numerous ensembles around the world including the Mariinsky Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfõnica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro and he has had the privilege of performing the world premiers of Eric Ewazen’s Visions of Light (Chamber Orchestra Version) and Gilles Rocha’s Fly or Die with Brass Band accompaniment. He has been featured in solo recitals during the 2016 and 2017 International Trombone Festival and the 2018 Wartburg Festival (Eisenach, Germany). He can be heard on his debut album, UNITED, which was released in January 2017 under the HELLOSTAGE Label, in collaboration with Hsiao-Ling Lin (piano) and Silver Ainomäe (cello). His second album, SAPPHIRE was released in July 2019 under the Berlin Classics label, in collaboration with Constanze Hochwartner (piano).


Mr. Steiner began his studies at the Music Conservatory in his hometown of Bolzano, Italy before continuing his study at The Mozarteum of Salzburg (Austria). In 2016 he graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City with a Performance Diploma.  His major teachers and influences include Joseph Alessi, Warren Deck, Nitzan Haroz, and Dany Bonvin.


Mr. Steiner is a Performing Artist for the Thein Instrument Company and performs on his signature model “Bel Canto”.


Daniel Cherry

Trombone Day Host

Dr. Daniel E. Cherry is the Associate Professor of Trombone at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and the Principal Trombonist with the Liberty Wind Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Trombone and Voice Performance from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, then went on to receive both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trombone from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the International Trombone Association, Chamber Music America, and the International Women’s Brass Conference.


Before he began his teaching career, Dan was the Principal Trombonist of the Huntington Symphony Orchestra (WV) and has performed with such groups as the Cincinnati Symphony (OH), the Dayton Philharmonic (OH), the Lexington Philharmonic (KY), the West Virginia Symphony, the Spartanburg Philharmonic (SC) and the Asheville Symphony (NC). He is an active chamber musician, performing regularly with the Balaton Chamber Brass (trumpet/trombone duo) in concerts and festivals throughout the country. Dan has performed at the International Trombone Festival, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with the Palmetto Posaunen (a large professional trombone ensemble), and he has performed on several international tours (including concerts in China, Russia, Germany, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic and the UK) with the Kryos Brass (West Chester University’s Faculty Brass Quintet), the Fortress Brass, and the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet. In addition to his classical music endeavors, Dan is also the director of the Statesmen Big Band and performs with the WCU jazz faculty combo.

Bruce Tychinski

Trombone Day Host

Dr. Bruce Tychinski is Professor of Trombone at the University of Delaware where he teaches applied lessons, trombone pedagogy and literature, directs the trombone choir and UD Slides jazz trombone ensemble, and hosts an annual Trombone Day event.  Dr. Tychinski is a member of the Washington Trombone Ensemble, the Nittany Trombone Quartet, principal trombonist of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and second trombonist of the Lancaster Symphony.  He is also co-founder of the First State Middle School Trombone Choir, an ensemble comprised of middle school trombonists from northern Delaware. During his career, Dr. Tychinski has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and jazz ensembles throughout the United States and also with many well-known popular artists including Rosemary Clooney, the Four Tops, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Drifters, Leslie Gore, Lou Christie and Connie Francis.  In recent years, he has appeared at the International Trombone Festival, the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, International Horn Symposium, American Trombone Workshop, and the International Festival of Composers, Conductors, and Collaborators. Dr. Tychinski spearheaded the Stamp Trombone Commission Consortium that resulted in the composition Divertimento for Trombone and Band by Jack Stamp which he premiered at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop with the United States Army Band.  His first solo CD, Interplay: New Music for Trombone and Band, was released in Fall 2017.

Dr. Tychinski holds Bachelor and Master of Music in Trombone Performance degrees from Penn State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tychinski taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Norbert College and the University of Northern Iowa.

Bruce Tychinski is an S. E. Shires Performing Artist.

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Constanze Hochwartner

Featured Artist

Constanze received her first piano lessons at the young age of three, before being accepted into a class for gifted students in 2005 at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. After graduating from high school, she switched her focus from piano to organ and started her studies in concert performance for organ with Univ. Prof. Ulrich Walther. Simultaneously, she studied instrumental and vocal pedagogy with an additional focus on piano and graduated in the Fall of 2017. In October 2017 she started her Master's degree studying with Karin Tafeit (organ) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She has also been mentored by Univ. Prof. Gunther Rost.


Constanze has given solo performances around the globe, including organ concerts in Europe, the United States and South America. She performed as a soloist in the Graz Cathedral in 2015 and 2016 and at the “Grazer Orgelfrühling” 2016 in the Herz Jesu-Kirche in Graz. In June 2017 she gave a recital in the parish church of St. Xaver in Leoben and concerts with the brass ensemble of the University of Music and Performing Arts. 


In 2017, Constanze began collaborating with trombonist Peter Steiner and formed the Duo Steiner-Hochwartner. For their debut 2017/2018 season the Duo maintained an ambitious international performance schedule, including an 8-week USA tour (40 concerts), a concert at the Wartburg Festival (Eisenach,Germany), and a series of concerts in Europe (Switzerland, Italy, and Austria). The 2018/2019 season highlights include a 3-month World Tour with both solo organ recitals and performances with the Duo in South America, Asia, Europe and the United States. Other upcoming performances with the Duo during the 2018-2019 season include a tour in Japan and two additional USA tours. Constanze’s debut album SAPPHIRE, in collaboration with Peter Steiner, was released in July 2019 under the Berlin Classics label. Her CD Release Tour brought them to Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States.


Mark Lusk

Collegiate Choir Conductor

Mark Lancaster Lusk, Professor of Trombone, became a member of the Penn State faculty in 1986. Prior to his appointment, he enjoyed a varied career with such diverse groups as the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players.

Over the last 30 years, Professor Lusk has enjoyed an active playing career as a soloist, clinician, and freelance musician. For example, as a member of the Woody Herman Alumni Band, he has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including featured performances at jazz festivals in China, England, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, and Sweden. Lusk can be heard on three recordings with the Woody Herman bands; Woody's 50th Anniversary TourA Tribute to the Legacy of Woody Herman, and Live in London at Ronnie Scott's. Lusk enjoys playing both lead and bass trombone in a variety of regional bands, and is an active member of the Penn State Faculty Jazz Combo.


Professor Lusk’s performing and teaching has also taken him to South America. He has toured Chile as an artist/clinician, teaching and performing throughout the country, including a performance of Raymond Premru's Concerto for Tuba with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and Robert Spillman’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile. Mr. Lusk was also invited to Argentina as an artist/clinician. His performance with the Orquesta Filharmónica de Buenos Aires was the first time a trombonist had been a soloist in the history of the legendary Teatro Colon. Since 2014, Professor Lusk has done significant performing and teaching in Cuba, including the upcoming premiere a project he conceived entitiled Pictures at a Cuban Exposition.

Professor Lusk is honored to be a member of the teaching faculties at the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, Interlochen Summer Camp and the Interlochen Low Brass Institute. Each year, Professor Lusk tours as a soloist and with various groups that take him to numerous universities, educational conferences, and high school music programs across the United States. He has often performed at the American Trombone Workshop, New York Brass Conference, and the International Trombone Workshop where he was invited to conduct the William Cramer Memorial Trombone Ensemble of College Professors.

The proud father of seven, Lusk is a native of Brandenburg, Kentucky. 

He holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Eastman School of Music and a performance certificate from Northwestern University. Lusk is a artist/clinician for S.E. Shires Trombones, and is published by Lyceum Press, including the Trombonist's Guide to the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J. S. Bach.


Katelynn Bedell

Director of First State Middle School Trombone Choir

Katelynn Griess Bedell co-founded the First State Middle School Trombone Choir in 2013 and has been one its primary conductors and music arrangers.  Later that year, she engineered a partnership between the ensemble and The Music School of Delaware.  The FSMSTC is comprised of students in grades 5-8 from schools in the northern Delaware region and performs two or three concerts a year, appearing regularly at Delaware Trombone Day and an annual Halloween concert.

Mrs. Bedell is a music teacher in the Brandywine School District and has a passion for educating middle school students.  She has been the trombone instructor at The Music School of Delaware and served as a graduate assistant with the University of Delaware Marching Band and Trombone Choir.  Mrs. Bedell holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Delaware.