University of Arkasas
Artist's BiographyAssistant Professor, Trombone
Dr. Mixdorf is thrilled to be a part of the distinguished faculty at the University of Arkansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in trombone performance from Indiana University.
In addition to maintaining a strong studio, Dr. Mixdorf maintains a regular schedule as a guest artist and clinician on the national and international levels. His most recent endeavors include recording and touring with the German/American brass ensemble, Eurobrass, performing at the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop and traveling to the Universidade de Brasilia where he was invited to solo with the Trombones Sociedade Anônima and give a masterclass to the University's trombone students. Dr. Mixdorf was also fortunate to have been selected as a fellow in the 2011 Alessi Seminar in Tuscaloosa, AL. He is also a member of the Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet who will be premiering a comission by Anthony Barfield at the 2015 American Trombone Workshop.
Outside of his collegiate duties, Dr. Mixdorf enjoys performing with several area ensembles. Before coming to Arkansas, he served as the Acting Second Trombonist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Brass Band, a group with which he recorded the album, A Christmas Festival.
While attending Indiana University, he held the positions of Principal and Second Trombone in the Columbus, IN Philharmonic from 2006-2009. Other orchestral experience includes performances with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indiana University Symphonic Band where he performed Richard Peaslee's Arrows of Time. Dr. Mixdorf has also toured with the Mr. Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band.
Before his appointment at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Mixdorf served as Assistant Professor of Trombone at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, adjunct instructor of brass at Vincennes University, associate instructor at Indiana University, and adjunct instructor of trombone at St. Ambrose University.
His principal teachers include Peter Ellefson, M. Dee Stewart, Nancy Vogt, D. Paul Pollard, Bruce Tychinski and Brad Edwards. Dr. Mixdorf is a Conn-Selmer Performing Artist.
When not playing trombone, Dr. Mixdorf spends every minute possible with his beloved wife Elizabeth and children, Miles, Madelyn and Mason.