Director, School of Music
Professor Widener has been on the faculty of Wichita State University since 1981. For the six years prior to this, he had been freelancing in the Los Angeles area. Some of his experiences in Los Angeles included performing for various recordings, teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the California State University at Fullerton. He was Bass Trombonist for the Santa Barbara Symphony and Principal Trombonist with the Ventura Symphony. Mr. Widener also performed with various chamber groups in the area and performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra on a performance of the "Suntreader".
Before moving to Los Angeles, Professor Widener had taught at the University of Georgia and performed on trombone and euphonium as a member of the First Army Band.
Mr. Widener’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University with a major in Music Theory, a Master's degree from Catholic University of America with a major in Trombone Performance, and doctoral work at Indiana University in Brass Pedagogy. He studied with John Marcellus, Lewis Van Haney, Keith Brown, Ned Meredith, Byron Peebles, and Dee Stewart.
Since coming to WSU, Professor Widener has performed as the Trombonist with the Wichita Brass Quintet, Principal Trombonist with the Wichita Symphony, and Bass Trombonist with Music Theatre Wichita.
Students of Mr. Widener have gone on to various graduate schools and teach and perform at universities and orchestras throughout the United States. Three of his students have been rated second, fifth, and seventh in the International Trombone Association's Solo Competitions in the 18-and-under category.
One of Professor Widener’s major interests is the use of technology in teaching and distance learning. He has won grants to furnish his office with digital video and audio recording capabilities, and he has used Internet2 to include his students in national master classes with the New World Symphony and performances with the International Trombone Association's "Slides Heard Around the World." He has also been the official photographer for six International Trombone Festivals.
In May of 2007, Professor Widener was awarded the Wichita State University "Excellence in Creative Activity Award".
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