Life @ Longy: Aaron Buede, Trombone

AaronBuede.Crop.jpgName: Aaron Buede
Hometown: Hebron, KY
Instrument: Trombone
Degree Program: Master of Music
Class of 2017

Describe your ideal career:
My ideal career would be to perform classical music, ideally in a major orchestra, whether it be domestic or over seas. I’d like to have that as a foundation and be able to branch out from there and do some interesting solo projects. Maybe form chamber groups, and have some students. Teaching is definitely in some shape or form going to be in my future.

Why did you choose to attend Longy?
There are a few reasons as to why I chose to attend Longy, first and foremost for the resources Longy has in terms of faculty. My teacher is phenomenal and I am very happy to be studying with him. Another reason is the community; it’s small and intimate, and everyone knows everyone. It’s a really great vibe, and you get the sense of being in a big mansion in the middle of Cambridge, with your musical family. Also the focus that the faculty has here in making sure every student becomes a mature artist and able to teach is really special. 

What do you think makes Longy special?
The community and size are a big key. Nurturing students to become not only artists who perform, but teaching artists. Another special thing about Longy is the fact that courses like Eurythmics and Dalcroze are offered -- areas that promote body awareness and a healthy approach to making music. 

How would you describe a typical school day?
Get up, go to class, practice, maybe go to class again, head to a rehearsal, drink some coffee, hangout in the bistro... I try to have a good balance between having plenty of time to practice and plenty of time to focus on my studies.

What's your favorite aspect of the Longy curriculum?
I like the focus Longy has on chamber music for instrumentalists. The program is very well put together, and we have phenomenal coaches that really expect the best from you. I’m being taught to raise my playing and performing to a higher level of artistry.

Biggest unexpected challenge?
Adapting to a different approach to playing trombone with my current teacher, and it’s definitely a positive challenge. It’s taking me out of my comfort zone in learning how to play the instrument and it’s giving me a lot of improvements, It’s making me a more flexible musician.

Is there any advice you would give to incoming/prospective students?
It’s a really great atmosphere and a good place to learn and be a constructive musician.