B i o g r a p h y
Justin Isenhour grew up in Fort Mill, SC and picked up a trombone in his public school's sixth grade band. He now performs in a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz and commercial music. He currently performs with the Rock Hill Symphony and Opera Carolina Orchestra. He is a former member of the Arkansas Symphony and previously performed with the Charlotte Symphony, Augusta Symphony, The Blumenthal Theater, Greeley Philharmonic, and the South Carolina Philharmonic.
As a teacher, Dr. Isenhour works with students of all ages, but spends the bulk of his time with his collegiate trombone studio at Winthrop University where he also teaches Music Theory courses. His research interests include a music pedagogy system known as Creative Motion. Creative Motion utilizes kinesthetic principles for the authentic conveyance of artistic ideas. In 2009, at the Windswept Music Conference, he received certification as a Level II Creative Motion instructor.
Dr. Isenhour's article on approaching ornamentation in Johann Georg Albrechtsberger's Concerto in B-flat for Trombone (1769) appeared in the April 2006 International Trombone Association Journal (Volume 35, Number 2). His app Click Pitch is currently one of the only orchestral excerpt training apps in the AppStore, and he recently presented at the 2017 International Trombone Festival.
He pursued a degree in music at Appalachian State University under Dr. Harold McKinney, earning a Bachelors in Music in 2003. After completing his undergraduate degree, he served as the Trombone/Euphonium Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado studying with Dr. Nathaniel Wickham and graduating with a Masters in Music in 2005. He was awarded a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina in 2012 working with Dr. Brad Edwards. He has also studied with and performed for: Nitzan Haroz, Toby Oft, Dave Taylor, Colin Williams, Haim Avitsur, Larry Zalkind, Carl Lenthe, Gene Pokorny, Rick Simerly and Wycliffe Gordon.
He again resides in Fort Mill, SC with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, their wonderful sons Owen and William.