SMSU briefs for Feb. 27

SMSU hosts Day of the Trombone Saturday

The SMSU music program will host its second annual Day of the Trombone on Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event includes a number of workshops for trombone players and recitals featuring the workshop’s instructors and students.

This year’s guest artist is James Borowski. Borowski has a bachelor’s degree in music education and recently earned his doctorate in bass trombone performance. Currently, he freelances in the New York City area playing in big bands, brass bands, jazz bands, rock bands, salsa bands, chamber ensembles and musicals.

The Day of the Trombone workshops include trombone choir rehearsals involving all participants, smaller chamber ensemble rehearsals with groups designed for trombonists at different levels of ability and a master class where Dr. Borowski will work with individual student participants.

Borowski will perform on a recital at 11 a.m. SMSU faculty members John Ginocchio and David Peterson will perform along with Borowski at 5 p.m. The day’s events will culminate at 8 p.m. with a final concert featuring Borowski with the SMSU Jazz Ensemble, the trombone choir and small ensemble pieces.

All of these performances are free and open to the public and will be in Charter Hall 201 at SMSU.

The Day of the Trombone clinic is open to trombone players of all levels in the region and throughout Minnesota.

For further information, e-mail either Peterson:; or Ginocchio:; or call 507-537-7209.

Child to speak at SMSU March 4

Brenda Child will give a presentation on her book, “Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community,” at 1 p.m. Monday in the lower level of the Conference Center on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

“Holding Our World Together” uses stories of the Ojibwe of Lake Superior and the Mississippi River to explain how women have shaped American Indian life from the days of early trade with Europeans through the reservation era and beyond.

Child is a professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in history at the University of Iowa and was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, N.M. Her other works include “Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940” and “Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000.”

Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she is a citizen. She resides with her family in St. Paul and Bemidji. Her son, Frankie McNamara, is a history major at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by SMSU Access Opportunity Success, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, History Program, Oyate Club and History Club.

For more information call 507-537-7382.