Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

John  Kitzman 
Meadows School of the Arts  2022

John Kitzman, adjunct professor of trombone at SMU, has been on the faculty of Southern Methodist University since 1975. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and served as principal trombonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1972 until his retirement from that position in 2015. He has recorded extensively with the DSO for RCA, Telarc, Angel, Pro Arte, and Delos, with more than 50 recordings on those labels and a solo CD on Crystal Records. Kitzman has performed with the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and World Philharmonic and has toured with the Summit Brass Ensemble. He has soloed with the DSO, the Amarillo Symphony, the West Point Band, the Texas Wind Symphony and in various solo recital and master class appearances across the country. He has been on the faculty of the Round Top Music Festival for many years. His students have won jobs in orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the Dallas Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Kennedy Center Orchestra, and Fort Worth Symphony, as well as in the country's foremost service bands, the U.S. Marine Band, the Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and the United States Military Academy Band. While at Tanglewood he won the Spaulding Prize for the Outstanding Instrumentalist of the season in 1968.