Tom Ashworth is the Professor of Trombone at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches alto, tenor and bass trombone and euphonium. Many of his former students are enjoying successful careers as public school and university educators, orchestral and military ensemble musicians and as freelance performers and teachers. Ashworth is a former member of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
Ashworth has also served as the Lecturer in Trombone at the Canberra School of Music. While in Australia, he performed with the orchestras of Sydney, Tasmania, and Canberra and joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Edo de Waart for a European tour. Ashworth has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on alto, tenor and bass trombone and euphonium. He can be heard on SPCO CDs on Teldec, Atlantic, Decca and EMI. Ashworth has performed with the SPCO at Carnegie Hall and in Florida, California, St. Louis, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong and Singapore. Ashworth has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chicago-based Music of the Baroque. Ashworth has toured with the Summit Brass and has performed on trombone and euphonium at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, the Wintergreen Music Festival and the Ojai Music Festival. Ashworth can also be heard on recordings by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble, the Summit Hill Brass and Symphonia, a professional tuba-euphonium ensemble. He has recorded a collection of contest solo pieces for trombone on Summit Records. Ashworth has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," and Bill McLaughlin’s "Saint Paul Sunday Live." He has also performed with the SPCO on their NPR broadcast of the premier of Garrison Keillor's opera Mr. And Mrs. Olsen and recorded a DVD of the opera with the SPCO. Ashworth has been on the faculty of numerous international brass conferences, and has appeared as a clinician, soloist and adjudicator throughout the United States and in Australia and Europe. Ashworth frequently organizes brass symposia at the University of Minnesota and has served as the Host of the International Trombone Festival and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference.