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OU Professor of Music Irvin Wagner Receives Neill Humfeld Award



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COLUMBUS – For outstanding trombone teaching and lasting contributions to the world of trombone performance and education, Irvin Wagner, a University of Oklahoma professor of music, was awarded the 2013 Neill Humfeld Award at the 42nd International Trombone Festival, held recently at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University.

The Neill Humfeld Award honors the teaching excellence of the late Neill Humfeld. The International Trombone Festival is an annual opportunity to meet and share with other trombonists through performances, exhibits, competitions, lectures and awards. At OU, Wagner holds the distinguished titles of David Ross Boyd and Regents’ Professor of Music. He teaches trombone and serves as coordinator of Graduate Music Studies.

Outside OU, he is a trombonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He also frequently serves as a guest conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Austin (Texas) Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he has conducted for the Russian Imperial Orchestra in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Cannes Symphony Orchestra in France and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fe in Argentina.

Wagner also composes and arranges a considerable amount of music. His compositions and arrangements for the Trombone Choir are used in the industry worldwide. 

He served as president of the International Trombone Association from 1982 to 1984. During his tenure with that organization, he traveled around the world, performing, teaching and organizing national trombone chapters.

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