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Russ Zokaites, DMA

Dr. Russ ZokaitesVisiting Assistant Professor of Music, Trombone
Area(s): Brass, Private Applied, Music Theory


  • BM with emphasis in Education and Performance Certificate: University of South Carolina
  • MM in Performance: University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music
  • Getuigschrift: ArtEZ Hogelschool voor de Kunsten (Netherlands)
  • DMA in Performance: University of Cincinnati - College-Conservatory of Music


Bass trombonist, Dr. Russ Zokaites is currently the Visiting Professor of Music - Trombone at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Dr. Zokaites was a featured performer at the 2019 American Trombone Workshop, premiering the Fuch's Bass Trombone Concerto with the Unites States Army Band "Pershing's Own," and has performed solo recitals at the 2019 and 2018 International Trombone Festival. As a guest clinician he has given recitals and classes at several universities and conservatories throughout the United States including, the Manhattan School of Music. Zokaites was selected as a fellow for the 2013 Alessi Seminar hosted by Joe Alessi, the Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic.

Dr. Zokaites is a Lätzsch Custom Brass performing artist and performs exclusively on Lätzsch tenor and bass trombones. Russ previously served as the Festival Coordinator for the Lätzsch Trombone Festival hosted on the Dutch/German border.

Focusing on new music, Dr. Zokaites has worked with composers on 22 world premieres including the GRAMMY award winning composer Kenneth Fuchs. His projects have been featured at the 2018 International Trombone Festival, 2016 International Horn Symposium, the 2016 American Trombone Workshop, the 2013 and 2012 ArtSeEdZ festival in the Netherlands, and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Zokaites has performed with the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Dayton Philharmonic, the Nederlands Symfonie Orkest, alongside the American Brass Quintet and live on Netherlands Radio 4. He has soloed with the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Morehead State University Concert Band, Rocky Mountain Brassworks Brass Band in Denver, Colorado, Curiosity Cabinet new music ensemble in New York, The CCM Brass Choir, Wilhelmina Muziekvereniging Glanerburg in the Netherlands, the Bemidji Community Trombone Choir in Minnesota. Throughout his career he has worked with orchestral conductors Robert Spano and Emmanuel Krivine, and worked with soloists including Julia Fischer, Marvin Hammlisch, and Håkan Hardenberger.

Dr. Zokaites holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Brad Edwards, and a Master's Degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied with Pete Norton, Tim Anderson, and Tim Northcut. While at the Aspen Music Festival and School he studied with John Rojak, Per Brevig, and Warren Deck. He earned a degree at ArtEZ Conservatory in the Netherlands studying with Peter van Klink. Dr. Zokaites earned a Doctorate of Musical Artist in 2017 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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