Evans is currently Principal Trombonist of the Alabama
Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since October, 2000.
In 2002, he performed Jim Pugh's Concerto for Trombone and
Orchestra during the ASO's Sounds for Summer series. He also
shared a concert with Olivia Newton-John in November, 2003,
performing with the orchestra on the Australian Aboriginal
instrument, the Didgeridoo.
Jay credits his mother, a
bassoonist, and father, lesson financier, with providing the
necessary discipline and support to pursue a career in music.
While pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Morningside College
in Sioux City, Iowa, Jay held the position of Principal Trombone
of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. He later received a
Master of Music degree from North Texas State University and
moved to New York City to perform with the National Orchestral
Association. While there, he frequently performed with the
Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony,
New York City Opera National Company, the Springfield (MA)
Symphony and Miss Saigon on Broadway.
As a Fellow in Trombone at the
Tanglewood Music Center Jay worked with notable conductors
Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Jeffrey Tate, and was a
participant at the Spoleto Festival Due dei Monde in Spoleto,
Italy, and Charleston, SC. He has traveled extensively
throughout North America, Japan and Australia with The Music of
Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, starring Michael Crawford and
Sarah Brightman, and as a member of the internationally
acclaimed, Dallas Brass, performing the ‘middle' voice on the
Alto and Tenor Trombones, and Bass Trumpet. Memorable guest solo
appearances include, the New York Pops with Skitch Henderson in
Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Pops with Peter Nero and the
Cincinnati Pops with Erich Kunzel conducting.
While in Chicago, Jay performed
with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Second Trombonist through the
2000-01 season. He also held the Second Assistant Principal
Trombone position with the Grant Park Orchestra from 1999-2001
and performed with the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras
on Trombone, Euphonium and Bass Trumpet. Jay is a regular
performer on the Alto Trombone with Chicago's Music of the
Baroque, and since living in the south, Jay has substituted as
Principal Trombone with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2004, Jay recorded
Ladislav Kubik's Sonata for Trombone and Piano in Prague, Czech
Republic. This work was written for Jay and Joanna Sobkowska,
and was given its world premiere at the International Trombone
Festival in Ithaca, New York in June 2004.
Jay Evans is currently Low Brass
Instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and the University
of Montevallo, and maintains an active private teaching studio.
He is a Shires Instruments Artist/Clinician.