Instrument/Department: Chamber Music Connections Coach, Trombone
Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2022
Bernabe (Ben) Jorge, III, is currently a first year DMA candidate at the Eastman School of Music studying trombone performance and literature with Mark Kellogg. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where he studied trombone with the acclaimed Dr. Irvin Wagner. Though primarily a bass trombonist, he is also versed in most low brass instruments. He plays a variety of musical styles and has experience performing in orchestras, wind ensembles, brass bands, and chamber groups.
As a music educator, Ben taught elementary music at Jackson Elementary School in Norman, Oklahoma. At the same time, he maintained a healthy trombone studio and gained a great amount of teaching experience through these opportunities. Ben’s hope is to teach as many students as possible how to love music, have fun with music, and use the power of music in all situations.
Outside of the classroom and practice room, Ben enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Kelsey, two daughters, Austyn and Lyndi, and his 3 dogs.
More About Ben Jorge
Hometown: Altus, OK
What inspires me: God, my wife, and my kids!
Why the arts matter: The arts provide a healthy way to communicate emotions that words are not able to.
Favorite things to do in the Rochester area: My family and I love to go to Strong Museum of Play, outdoor parks (when the weather is nice), and Target.
When I’m not at Hochstein, you can find me: At Eastman practicing, or at home playing with my kids.
My favorite local restaurant: Simply Crepes
Favorite place to travel: My favorite place that I have traveled to is Morocco. The country, people, and culture are beautiful!
Favorite movie: My Favorite movie is Cool Hand Luke.
What people would be surprised to know about me: I have run a marathon, as well as completed a half ironman (70.3).
Ultimate goals in life: To be the best husband, father, musician, and person possible.