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.
As a freelance musician, Bartels is comfortable performing in any genre. In addition to classical, he plays jazz, salsa, commercial, and church music among others. He maintains a studio of low brass students from around the Madison, WI area, and regularly teaches masterclasses for school band programs. He recently became a WSMA adjudicator, providing professional feedback for state solo and ensemble competition entries.
Believing in the importance of the music of our time, Bartels has committed himself to the intense study and performance of contemporary music. One of his most recent collaborative efforts with composer Brian Mark, "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" for trombone and delay pedal, was selected as a winner of the 2020 MOZAIK Philanthropy Future Art Awards. 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 Brian Mark, Colin Holter, Tyler Taylor, Steven Makela, Brianna Ware, 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