School of Music

John Mindeman

Mr. John Mindeman, M.A.
Associate Professor, Jazz Studies, Trombone
Browne Hall Studio (C)
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John Mindeman, Associate Professor of Trombone & Euphonium at Western Illinois University, has distinguished himself as a performer, teacher, composer and arranger in the United States and overseas. He currently performs with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and the Lamoine Brass Quintet at WIU. John enjoys giving solo recitals, teaching master classes, and playing chamber music throughout the Midwest.

John has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Quintet, and the Millar Brass Ensemble. He has played under some of the finest conductors of our time, including Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Helmut Rilling, Rafael Kubelik, Christian Thielemann, Roberto Abbado, Erich Kunzel, Mistislav Rostropovich, and Semyon Bychkov. He has also played with popular artists such as Joni Mitchell, the Three Tenors (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras), Andrea Boccelli, Nanci Griffith, Audra McDonald, The Moody Blues, Marvin Hamlisch, and Garrison Keillor. He was a member of two overseas orchestras, the Filarmonica de Santiago (Chile), and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Costa Rica.

From 1999 to 2009, John taught and performed at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, a unique summer program for young musicians age 13-19. In addition, he has taught at Wheaton College, Knox College, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and North Central College.

He has a substantial catalog of arrangements and compositions for brass and other ensembles. John's talents as a performer and arranger can be heard on the following recordings: Brass Surround with the Millar Brass Ensemble (Delos); Joy, Joy, with Tenor David Phelps (Spring Hill); Trio for Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone on the disc The Trumpet Music of Verne Reynolds (Mark); and the premiere recording of the Trombone Concerto by Dexter Morrill on the disc Three Concertos with the Northern Illinois Philharmonic (Centaur).

John received a Bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, a Master's degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and a Performer's Certificate in jazz trombone from Northern Illinois University. He is grateful to have studied trombone with superb musicians such as Edward Kocher, George Krem, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, Charles Vernon, and Tom Garling. He lives with his wife Miriam in Macomb, IL, and loves building electric guitars in his spare time.