Faculty, Interlochen Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium Institute
Principal Trombone, Boston Symphony Orchestra
M.M., Northwestern University; B.M., Indiana University
Toby Oft is the 12th Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was appointed in 2008. Currently in his 10th season in the BSO, he has held Principal Trombone positions with San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sarasota Orchestra.
With a tone described as “ringing and golden” by the Boston Globe, Toby Oft made his solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription concerts performing the Rota, Trombone Concerto in 2017 to critical acclaim. Abroad, his International concerto performance highlights include acclaimed performances of works such as the T-Bone Concerto by Johan de Meij and the David, Concertino for Trombone with a diverse variety of ensembles on several continents. Mr. Oft’s domestic solo performances range from Schuller’s modern virtuosic work, Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik with “Pershing’s Own” U.S. Army Band in Washington D.C., to the rarely performed Leopold Mozart Serenade in D for trumpet, alto trombone, and orchestra, with the Boston Classical Orchestra.
In addition to prominent military band and teaching positions, Mr. Oft’s students have won tenured positions in top orchestras such as Detroit, Jacksonville, Nashville, Toronto, and Puerto Rico. He has produced very successful music educators, with several of his students already at prominent teaching positions at Bowling Green University and the University of Virginia. Mr. Oft has coached his students to successful solo careers as well with the prestigious Astral Artists management.
In spring 2014 Toby Oft released his debut album, titled “First Look”. As part of the lineage of the great Joannes Rochut, former Principal Trombone of the BSO, he is currently recording all the Rochut Etudes in HD video for students worldwide.