Ava Ordman has been the Associate Professor of Trombone at Michigan State University since 2002. She is also the principal trombonist of both the Cabrillo Music Festival and the Lansing Symphony Orchestras. For 24 years, Ordman was principal trombone of the Grand Rapids Symphony, relocating to the Detroit area to work as a psychotherapist, teach low brass at Oakland University, and freelance as a trombonist.
Ordman has been a featured soloist with many orchestras throughout the US, including her 1990 solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony. In addition, she has been featured at many International Trombone Festivals, American Trombone Workshops and International Women’s Brass Conferences. Ordman performed the world premieres of Steven Smith’s Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with the Eugene (OR) Symphony Orchestra and Libby Larsen’s “Mary Cassat” with the Grand Rapids Symphony.
Ordman was a finalist in both the Concert Artist Guild Competition and the Louise D. MacMahon International Solo Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the 1983 International Trombone Competition in Toulon, France. Ordman is the featured trombone soloist on a Koss Classics’ CD of concertos by Donald Erb and on the CD entitled “Simple Gifts” -the Music of Frank Ticheli.
Ava earned her B.M. and M.M. in trombone performance from the University of Michigan in 1975 and an M.A in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1998.