Cole Bartels is a trombonist currently based in Madison, WI, where he is pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in trombone performance at the University of Wisconsin. He studies with Prof. Mark Hetzler, and also serves as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the trombone studio. He holds a Master of Music degree in trombone performance, and Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy from the University of Tennessee, where he served as a graduate teaching assistant. Additionally, Bartels holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. His previous teachers include Dr. Alex van Duuren, Dr. Nat Dickey, Dr. Ed Huttlin, and Douglas Wright. Cole has participated in master classes with Ian Bousfield, Derek Hawkes, Casey Jones, Scott Hartman, Gabriel Langfur, Randy Hawes, Dr. Sarah Paradis, Marshall Gilkes, and more.
Bartels currently serves as principal trombone in the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and as 2nd trombone in the Latin Pride Orquesta, as well as being an in-demand freelancer in the Madison area. He has recently served as principal trombone in the UT Symphony Orchestra, lead trombone in the UT Big Band, and was a regular top call substitute for many ensembles throughout the Knoxville, TN area. He is a substitute trombonist and bass trumpet with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. Bartels is also an active chamber musician, recently as trombonist in the Volunteer Brass Quintet. Bartels regularly freelances as a classical, jazz, and contemporary trombonist throughout the country and has recently performed with performed with exciting artists such as Bill Frisell, Peter Erskine, and Michael Dease.
Believing in the importance of the music of our time, Bartels has committed himself to the intense study and performance of contemporary music. In June, 2018 he attended the nief-norf festival as a performance fellow. Previously, he attended the Bang on a Can summer festival in July, 2016. He, along with composer/guitarist Colin Holter, was commissioned to create an original improvised score for Theatre B's devised work "The Oil Project" in summer 2015.
As a solo artist he has commissioned many pieces from composers including Colin Holter, Tyler Taylor, Steven Makela, Brianna Drevlow, and Jorge Variego to name a few. As a chamber musician, Bartels was a founding member of Triangulum, a trombone trio dedicated to new music and educational outreach. Triangulum commissioned works from a wide array of composers including Natalie Fideler, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Brianna Drevlow, Jordan Degerness, Daniel Breedon and more.
Resume - Updated March, 2020