Dr. Louis Setzer is a native of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He earned his BM in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, his MM in Trombone Performance from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Mark Lusk, and his DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His primary teachers were Stephen McEuen, Mark Lusk, Timothy Anderson, and Peter Norton.
Louis is the instructor of Low Brass at Marian University. His teaching responsibilities at Marian include weekly private lessons, music theory, aural skills, and assisting with the concert and marching bands. He previously worked as music faculty for Northern Kentucky University, Rend Lake College, and has taught additional courses at both the Pennsylvania State University and CCM. He maintains a private low brass studio, and has worked extensively as a music instructor for school districts in the Cincinnati and Indianapolis area. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the low brass instructor for the Avon Community School Corporation.
Dr. Louis Setzer is a native of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education (’11) from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he studied trombone with Stephen McEuen. He next attained his Master of Music in Trombone Performance (’13) from The Pennsylvania State University, where he served as the Trombone Graduate Teaching Assistant for Mark Lusk. His duties included teaching the trombone methods course and leading rehearsals as the assistant conductor of the trombone choir. He recently graduated with his Doctor of Musical Arts (’17) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). His primary teachers at CCM were Timothy Anderson and Peter Norton.
Louis is the author of Solo Literature for Trombone and Harp – An Annotated Bibliography. This is the only resource available on this topic, containing information on over 200 solos, transcriptions, trios, quartets and chamber works featuring the trombone and harp. He is an advocate for new music, and has commissioned and recorded several works for trombone and harp as a direct result of this book. In 2017, he and harpist Joseph Rebman formed the JOLO (Joe Lou) Duo. Their mission is to raise awareness for this genre of music through performance, and collaboration of new works. The JOLO Duo will be releasing a CD in late 2019 that will feature previously unrecorded works for trombone and harp. They maintain an active schedule, and have been invited to perform at international festivals throughout the country.
Louis has been afforded frequent opportunities to teach at the university level. Currently he is the Instructor of Low Brass at Marian University, where he teaches private lessons, music fundamentals, aural skills, and assists with the Marian University concert and marching bands. Prior to his time at Marian University, he was the Instructor of Low Brass at Rend Lake College. He has also served as Music Faculty at the Northern Kentucky University, and has taught additional courses at CCM and The Pennsylvania State University. Previously he served as the Low Brass Instructor at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati, where he taught private lessons and conducted the low brass ensemble. He was privileged to work with the trombone choir at CCM, conducting them in a performance at the American Trombone Workshop in March of 2016.
Louis has had several notable playing opportunities in the US and abroad. In June 2018 he performed Frank Gulino's Capriccio for Solo Trombone and Wind Ensemble with the Indiana Wind Symphony. He was a featured soloist of the Penn State alumni trombone choir on their concert tour of Santiago Cuba in May of 2017. In January of 2016 his brass quintet performed Rick DeJonge’s Epic Expedition: solo for brass quintet and band in collaboration with the Sycamore Band at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. In June of 2016, he performed in the orchestra of the “Symphonic Celebration: Music of Jerry Garcia” at the Summer Stage in New York City’s Central Park.
Louis is the principal trombone of the Indiana Wind Symphony (IN). He has performed with the Queen City Opera (OH), Concert:nova (OH), Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH), Anderson Symphony Orchestra (IN), Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KY), Middletown Symphony Orchestra (OH), Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (PA), Altoona Symphony (PA), Nittany Valley Symphony (PA), State College Choral Society (PA), and the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra (PA). He has also participated in several summer festivals and workshops, including the Pierre Monteux School, Atlantic Music Festival, Music at Penn's Woods Music Festival, Summer Trombone Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Cleveland Trombone Seminar.
He currently resides in Indianapolis, and is the low brass instructor for several school districts throughout Indiana.