We are saddened to learn of the passing of Bass Trombonist Murray Crewe. While he is known for his 20+ year career with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Murray was also a distinguished NYO alum having played with the orchestra in 1983 and 1984.
Born in Regina, Murray's beginnings in music started by playing piano at the age of 5 before moving to the tuba at 12 and then the trombone at 15. However, it was in 1979 when Murray switched permanently to the bass trombone while he was completing his studies at the University of British Columbia. From there, his career blossomed north and south of the border.
Between the late 80's and early 90's, Murray held positions with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and became the first Canadian bass trombonist to win a spot with a US orchestra when he joined the Utah Symphony. These appointments were minor on his resume, as Murray spent the bulk of his career with the Pittsburgh Symphony after joining them in 1993.
In addition to his work as a performer, Murray also kept up an active career as an educator, which included teaching positions at Weber State College, the University of Toronto, and Duquesne University.
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