Mark Rohr, bass trombone
Where did you grow up? Rocky Hill, CT
Where do you currently live? In the middle of the forest in Harrison, Maine
What instrument do you play? Bass Trombone
Educational background: BM: New England Conservatory of Music; MM: Yale School of Music
How did you get started in music? My parents were non-musicians, but loved music and there was always music in the home. They supported me as my musical interests grew, giving me lessons, ensembles, and later a Conservatory education. When a youngster I also played drums, bass, guitar, and tried out every instrument I could lay my hands on.
What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in? Currently the bass trombonist for the Boston Philharmonic, Emmanuel Music, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. I have performed with nearly every group in the Boston area, including the BSO, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Opera Co., Boston Lyric Opera and many others. I have also performed with numerous Broadway shows and have taught trombone for over 30 years.
What is the question you’re asked most often when you tell people you play with the PSO? “What do you really do for a living?”
What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to? When not performing or writing about music, I generally listen to Rock and Jazz.
Who or what has been your greatest influence, musical or otherwise? John Swallow, my trombone teacher in college, and mentor in all things musical and non-musical.
Is there anything else you’d like to share? I have also been a writer of program notes for symphony orchestras and notes for young people’s concerts for over 20 years. Along with writing program notes for the PSO I also write for numerous other orchestras, including the Louisville Orchestra.