Charles Reneau is the bass trombonist of the Oregon Symphony. In the Northwest, he has also performed as substitute and extra with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera's 2009 Ring cycle, the Spokane Symphony, and the Sunriver Music Festival. Before moving to Portland in 2007, he performed for one season with the Honolulu Symphony. Charles holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance from the University of Georgia and a Master's in Music Performance from The Juilliard School in New York. During his studies performed as substitute and extra with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras of Macon, Chattanooga, Birmingham and Augusta. He is a winner of the International Trombone Association’s Donald Yaxley/Greenhoe Bass Trombone Competition and the Zellmer-Minnesota Orchestra Trombone Competition, and a two-time winner of the US Army Band’s Bass Trombone Solo Competition.
Charles Reneau has taught privately since 2002, and taught on the faculty of Portland State University since 2009. He has been a regular coach for Portland Youth Philharmonic since 2007, and has taught trombone at the Brass at Wallowa Lake youth camp in Eastern Oregon since 2010. He has performed masterclasses at PSU, the University of Oregon, and the Tennessee Governor's School.
His students have won auditions to join the Oregon All State Band, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Youth Concert Orchestra, and Portland Youth Wind Ensemble. In 2012, one of his students won OSAA's state solo competition. His high school students have been offered scholarships to attend Portland State, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Columbia University.