Hillary Simms is a young dynamic trombonist from Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Praised as one of the rising stars in the trombone world for her stellar playing, infectious personality and deep musicianship, Hillary was featured as one of CBC’s 30 under 30 Classical Musicians of 2020. In the same year, Hillary was also a featured guest soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada making her solo debut on the Tomasi Trombone Concerto.
Hillary’s previous accolades include winning the second-place prize for brass at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Concours Manuvie, being named Stratford Symphony’s 2020 Emerging Artist, winning the Division II Solo Competition at the American Trombone Workshop, being a finalist in both the Latzsch Trombone Solo Competition and the International Trombone Festival Robert Marstellar Solo Competition as well as being named a recipient of the prestigious Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
As an active performer, Hillary has played with several top Canadian orchestras such as the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and can also be heard playing lead trombone on the CD Then is Now, recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity with the Canadian All Star Jazz Band and Jens Lindemann. Hillary is also a founding member of the Canadian Trombone Quartet, an all-female trombone performing chamber group and when not performing, Hillary is an active member on the creative committee of the Canadian Women’s Brass Collective. A group of Canada’s topmost female brass players creating in person and online events and workshops promoting gender diversity, inspiration, and role models for the next generation of Canadian brass players.
Hillary holds a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from McGill University, a Master’s in Music Performance from Yale University, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University.