Jessica Butler | School of Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Jessica Butler

Associate Professor of Practice, Trombone

Jessica Butler

Altgeld 241

Originally from Georgia, Jessica D. Butler is currently an Associate Professor of Practice in Trombone at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She achieved her BM in trombone performance at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where she studied with Dr. Bradley Palmer. Dr. Butler completed both her MM and DMA degrees in trombone performance and pedagogy with a secondary emphasis in musicology at The University of Iowa, under the advisement of Dr. David Gier. Her current research focuses on women's roles in music and feminist musicology. Dr. Butler most recently presented her research on the feminist trombone and music theater works by William Osborne for Abbie Conant at The International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music and at The International Women's Brass Conference at Northern Kentucky University.

 As a performer, Dr. Butler is an active freelancer and enjoys chamber music. She was a member of The Lexington Brass Band and one of the founding members of Low Trio, a low brass trio. In 2010, Dr. Butler won the grand prize in the S.E. Shires Solo Competition at the South East Trombone Symposium. 


Applied Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba
Trombone Pedagogy
Low Brass Techniques
Music Understanding
Modern Music I