Trombonist Ralph Sauer to Present Master Class Feb. 3 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Ralph Sauer, principal trombonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 32 years, will present a brass master class for Cal Poly music students at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, in Room 218 in the Davidson Music Center (No. 45) on campus.

The master class is free and open to the public. During the class, several of the Music Department’s leading brass students will perform and be critiqued.

Sauer was the principal trombonist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1974-2006. Prior to that, he spent six years as principal trombonist with the Toronto Symphony. During that time, he also served as principal trombonist for the Canadian Opera and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.

Sauer has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and has premiered concertos by Kazimierz Serocki and Augusta Read Thomas. He has given master classes and recitals throughout Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Europe, Japan, Mexico and the U.S. He has appeared at the Aspen, Marlboro, Pacific, and Stratford summer music festivals. He has been a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music and at Arizona State University. He has taught abroad at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland, and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

Sauer is native of Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Emory Remington, who was regarded as one of the master teachers. Sauer is a founding member of Summit Brass.

Recently, Sauer has been teaching and performing in Mexico at the Mérida International Brass Festival and presenting master classes at various universities. He continues to add to his catalog of more than 300 transcriptions for brass instruments.

The master class is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department and the Tevis Fund for Visiting Artists. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website at

Ralph Sauer

Contact: Michele Abba

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