Ava Ordman is the Professor of Trombone at Michigan State University. She was principal trombone of the Grand Rapids Symphony for twenty-four years and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds, Western Brass Quintet, and the American Classic Trombone Quartet. At present Ordman is principal trombone of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony. She also plays with Beaumont Brass, the faculty brass quintet at MSU, and Monarch Brass, the flagship brass ensemble of the International Women’s Brass Conference.
Ordman has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, including her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra performing Donald Erb’s Trombone Concerto. She performed the world premieres of Steven Smith’s Trombone Concerto with the Eugene Symphony and Libby Larsen’s “Mary Cassatt” with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Both of these works were commissioned to be performed by Ordman and along with the Erb Concerto were performed by her with orchestras throughout the US. In March 2018, she premiered David Biedenbender’s new trombone concerto with the MSU Wind Symphony. Ordman has performed at several International Trombone Festivals, the International Brassfest, and at many International Women’s Brass Conferences.
In addition to being a semi-finalist at the International Trombone Competition in Toulon (France), she was a finalist at the Concert Artist Guild Competition and the Louise D. MacMahon International Solo Competition. Ordman is a featured soloist on a Koss Classics CD of concertos by Donald Erb and on a CD of music by Frank Tichelli. She released her first solo CD in 2017, titled, “It’s About Time: Music for Trombone by Women Composers.” Ordman earned her BM and MM in trombone performance from the University of Michigan and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Ordman is a Bach Performing Artist.