This site is dedicated to my father, Joseph Alessi Sr., who was a professional trumpet player and teacher to countless trumpet players in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was also my first brass teacher starting me on the cornet and later on the trombone. On this site you will find a new way to prepare orchestral excerpts; playing along with an orchestra as part of your audition preparation. Your orchestra is called the Orchestra “Machine”.

Orchestral Excerpts Orchestral Excerpts

Exclusive access to orchestral parts for each excerpt, complete with written commentary and tips for you to incorporate into your audition preparation process.

Excerpt Coaching Excerpt Coaching

With this tool, you can listen to New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joseph Alessi perform each excerpt. Isolate tricky passages, annotate your Alessi-edited sheet music and make note of how each individual note is shaped and executed.

The Orchestra ``Machine`` The Orchestra ``Machine``

The ultimate in ‘real-time’ simulation, the Orchestra “Machine” is a complete library of sound samples, compiled with and without a complete trombone section, allowing you to create the professional, symphonic experience in your own practice space. Hear and feel how each excerpt works within the context of an orchestral performance of the highest caliber.


Orchestra ``Machine`` Orchestra ``Machine``

Click here for a list of the works already in the “Machine” and those “Coming soon”

Mr. Alessi's Excerpt Recordings Mr. Alessi's Excerpt Recordings

To guide you, Mr. Alessi’s own recordings of these excerpts will help you understand how to play with the correct sound, rhythm and style.

Video Tutorials Video Tutorials

Exclusive “one-on-one” video lessons and commentary on orchestral excepts and performance. Mr. Alessi discusses interpretation, intonation, rhythm and more.

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Active subscribers receive a 25% Discount for a 1 hour in-person private lesson with Mr. Alessi.
Annotated Excerpts Annotated Excerpts

Detailed annotations for each excerpt with emphasis on Articulations, Breathing, Phrasing and Slide Positions

Score Videos Score Videos

Follow the complete score to better understand the WHOLE picture

Excerpt Exercises Excerpt Exercises

Make the best of your workout with the Excerpt Exercises!

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Pick you pitch center A=440, 441, 442 and 443 are available.

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On this site you will find a new way to prepare orchestral excerpts; playing along with an orchestra as part of your audition preparation. Your orchestra is called  the Orchestra “Machine”. The developer of this audio device is my good friend Stan Adams, former trombonist with the RAI in Rome.  In my opinion, too many players present themselves at auditions not being aware of the musical score for the excerpt; the important musical themes, harmonies and orchestrations that precede the excerpt and that lead up to the “big moment”. On many occasions,  the candidate will play in the wrong tempo or with incorrect style or faulty rhythm.  I find that students and professionals will practice an excerpt over and over again, not ever getting the gist, essence of the meaning of the piece- not to mention the intonation and harmonic progressions.

Somebody once said that going to auditions was always the same result, FAILURE, until this person started listening to and practicing with the recordings. After doing this for awhile, that person’s efforts led to success. Similarly, after practicing with the Orchestra “Machine”, you can take with you to the audition all the necessary information and play in a more calm and confident way because you are hearing the orchestra in your head.   Please try it out by clicking here.


Joseph Alessi
The New York Philharmonic, Principal Trombone

Alessi Music Studios Presents the Orchestra "Machine"

Students Test Drive the Orchestra "Machine"




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