Principal Trombone, Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Jay Crone, professor of music, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1994. Mr. Crone has performed with many symphony orchestras and bands throughout the United States, including the Roanoke (VA) Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno (CA) Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Trombone of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the orchestra in residence at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival. He also performs with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As a soloist and chamber musician, Crone has appeared in the United Kingdom, China, and Ecuador, in addition to many performances as trombone and euphonium soloist with bands from Virginia and California. He is a regular chamber music performer, and has been featured at many conferences and festivals, including the Eastern Trombone Workshop, Southeast Regional Horn Workshop, Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. In addition, Crone has performed as a trombone and euphonium soloist and collaborative pianist in recitals in Virginia, California, and throughout the southeastern United States. He will appear as a soloist at the 2014 Eastern Trombone Workshop and premier a new work by Virginia Tech composer, James Sochinski, for euphonium and band with the Fresno City College Wind Ensemble in May of 2014.
A unique aspect of Mr. Crone's musical career has been his dual role as both a trombonist/euphoniumist and pianist. He has been a collaborative pianist in voice and instrumental recitals throughout the United States, most recently performing with Ronald Barron, former principal trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tim Smith, second trombone of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Harold Van Schaik, bass trombone of the Florida Orchestra, Wallace Easter, principal horn of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Brian Kiser, principal tuba of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, John McGinnis, bass trombone of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Donna Parkes, former principal trombone of the Louisville Orchestra.
Originally from California, Crone received degrees from the University of Southern California, Yale University, and California State University at Fresno. As a trombonist, he has studied with Terry Cravens, John Swallow, Larry Sutherland, Byron Peebles, Ralph Sauer, and David Taylor. His piano teachers included Kevin FitzGerald, Elizabeth Sawyer-Parisot, and the late Philip Lorenz. Before coming to Virginia Tech Crone was a visiting assistant professor of music at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.