Tom Burge is a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He also is the Low Brass Instructor at Wingate University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College, and Pfeiffer College, and a clinician and teacher in his Charlotte-based private studio. Burge is host of the radio show “Sunday Evening” on classical public radio station 89.9 WDAV and has been a guest morning, midday, and evening presenter on Boston-based 99.5 WGBH.
A native of Australia, Burge has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He earned his Masters Degree in 1996 as a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School, having received a Queen Elizabeth II Award. Now living in the United States, Burge has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
In the United States, he has appeared as a guest clinician and soloist at Juilliard, UCLA, California State University in Northridge, UNC at Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, Appalachain State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Winthrop University, and Gardner Webb University. He performed as soloist with the Wingate University Wind Ensemble in 2015, and recently returned from Santiago where he gave a master class at the Universidad de Chile. Burge appears regularly as a soloist in many venues around Charlotte. He often is featured on the Rush Hour Recital series of Pulse: Young Affiliates of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, having performed the inaugural recital in 2013.