Eastern Standard Trio
Eastern Standard was formed in the fall of 2014 and includes Nazareth College faculty member Jacob Ertl (piano) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty memberZach Collins (tuba) and University of Delaware faculty member Heidi Lucas (horn). The group is actively involved in promoting literature for this instrumentation through performance, the pursuit of commissioning projects, and recording. To date, the group has commissioned and/or premiered over a dozen new works for this instrumentation. In the spring of 2017 they were awarded a grant through the International Horn Society’s Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program, which they used to commission Octavio Vasquez to write the multi-movement concert work, What a Circus! In 2019 the ensemble hosted their first composition contest, with Daniel Morrison’s Gallus Rex named as the winner and Andy Junttonen’s Three Miniatures recognized as honorable mention. Both works were premiered by Eastern Standard in fall 2020. Eastern Standard has recorded two albums to date. Their first full-length album, Eastern Standard, was released in December of 2015 and includes three new works they commissioned, as well as recordings of other works that had not been recorded previously for commercial release. Their second album, Wanderlust, was released in February of 2019 and is available on all digital platforms. Wanderlust was named a finalist for the 2021 Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. Eastern Standard has an active performance schedule including public school outreach programs, collegiate residencies, and festival and conference performances. For more information, please find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, and/or visit their website: easternstandardtrio.com.