Meet the team behind T.E.L.P.!

Born in Rehovot, Israel, Ilan Morgenstern is hailed by the International Trombone Association Journal for his “rhythmically driving, technically flawless, and unfailingly dynamic and exciting" playing.

Currently the Bass Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony, Morgenstern has also been a member of the San Antonio Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Kansas City Symphony, and in addition has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Virginia Symphony, New Israeli Opera, and the Israel Philharmonic.

Morgenstern's concerto performances have included engagements with the with the San Antonio Symphony, United States “Pershing's Own” Army Orchestra, Millennium Orchestra (Seoul, Korea), Jeju Symphony Orchestra (Jeju, Korea), and the National Repertory Orchestra.  In addition, Morgenstern has won numerous awards for his playing including the Jeju International Brass and Percussion Competition, Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Competition, National Repertory Orchestra's Concerto Competition, and is a recipient of the Lewis Van Haney Bass Trombone Philharmonic Prize.

Labeled a “must buy” in the International Trombone Association Journal, Morgenstern’s debut recording project It's Alive!! New Music for Bass Trombone, a collaboration with composer Robert Denham and pianist David Gilliland was released in May of 2016. To learn more about Ilan Morgenstern, including news, sample recordings, and purchase information for his CD, please visit

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Trombonist Brian Santero, hailing from the Hudson Valley region, is now in his third season with the New York City Ballet Orchestra as Principal Trombone. Previously, Brian held the same position with the San Antonio Symphony for a subsequent season in 2014 after joining the symphony as Associate Principal/2nd Trombone in 2013.

Frequently exploring the creativity of the trombone outside of the orchestra, Brian has performed solo recitals, given master classes, and collaborated on both contemporary and traditional chamber music performances. Recently, he helped found the Lincoln Center Trombones, a group dedicated to the advancement of the role of the trombone in the arts. As a competitor in international solo competitions, Brian won the grand prize of the Steven Zellmer Minnesota Orchestra Competition and the Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Tenor Trombone Competition in 2013. Earlier In 2011, he was the grand prize winner of the ITA Alto Trombone Competition and the Larry Wiehe Competition where he impressed people with his love of alto trombone and the virtuoso trombone exploits of Arthur Pryor.

Brian studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under the mentorship of Nitzan Haroz. In his spare time, Brian likes to brew delicious coffee with his wife and cat, and disconnect from the wired world in his compact woodshop.

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was created for all people who trombone!  The brainchild of celebrated trombonists Ilan Morgenstern, Bass Trombonist of the Vancouver Symphony, and Brian Santero, Principal Trombonist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, this collection aims to foster better and more productive practice, by employing accurate and fun backup tracks, progressive organization, and a clear layout for easy navigation.

We hope you enjoy this resource and find it personally useful and professionally beneficial!

- Ilan Morgenstern and Brian Santero