Evan Clifton is a Bass Trombonist and Music Educator based in Lansing, Michigan. Born and raised in Michigan, Evan has become a sought after Bass Trombonist throughout the region, performing with The Cleveland Orchestra, and Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing Symphonies, among others. Additionally, he is a tenured member of the West Michigan and Battle Creek Symphonies. Frequently doubling on tenor trombone and euphonium; he is well versed in a variety of musical styles, having performed in big bands, pit orchestras for musicals and opera, solo recitals, as well as symphony orchestras.
In addition to his orchestral experience, Evan has enjoyed a great deal of success in competitions. He was named a finalist in the 2012 National Solo Competition (bass trombone, Division I) and the International Trombone Association’s George Roberts Bass Trombone Competition, held in Paris France in July, 2012. Evan was a winner in the Western Michigan University School of Music’s annual Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist on the April 2014 University Symphony Orchestra concert performing Eric Ewazen’s Ballade for Bass Trombone, Strings, and Harp. He was also chosen as the winner of the bass trombone opening for the 2014 Round Top Festival Institute Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Evan was selected as a finalist in the International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley Bass Trombone Solo Competition held at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain in July, 2015 and the winner of the Michigan State University Honors Concerto Competition in December, 2016. As a result, he will perform as soloist with the MSU Wind Symphony in December, 2017.
Evan completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance at Western Michigan University studying under Dr. Steve Wolfinbarger in 2015 and is currently a University Distinguished Fellow at Michigan State University while pursuing a Master of Music degree studying under Ava Ordman.