2007 ITEA Election of Officers

2007 ITEA Election of Officers

2007 Executive Committee Nominees
Vice-President: Kathleen Ayslworth Brantigan, David Zerkel
International Vice-President: James Gourlay, Gerhard Meinl
Secretary: Stacey Baker, Joseph Skillen

Ballots (hard copy) will be provided in the mailing of the Spring Journal. At which time, an optional ITEAonline.org online ballot will also be provided for ITEA members.




Kathleen Aylsworth Brantigan is Executive Director and founder of The Denver Brass. She performs with The Denver Brass and the Aries Brass Quintet, is Co-Chair of the Brass Department at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, and has served as Treasurer of ITEA since 1999. Kathy has performed in recital at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, the Russian Scientific Institute, on nationally televised Russian television, throughout most of Europe, at the International Music Festival of Costa Rica, on tour for the Colombian Government, and throughout Japan. She premiered Rhapsody for Tuba at the Second International Women’s Brass Conference in St. Louis in the summer of 1997. Kathy can be heard on 16 recordings on the Klavier, Denver Brass, Delos, and Centaur labels. She is the executive producer of 12 of these recordings. The Denver Brass operates on a budget of $500,000, produces more than 120 concerts/workshops annually, and employs a core of 16 musicians. Her performance mentors are Abe Torchinsky, Sam Pilafian, and Warren Deck. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from The University of Michigan.

Kathy and her husband Chuck also restore Victorian homes and are committed to turning the historic narrow-gauge railroad round house in Como, Colorado into a museum/performance center. Kathy also thinks it would make a killer brewpub. They are the parents of four sons—David, Hans, Nathan, and Shay.        

Candidate Statement
WHY? Through ITEA we have access to hundreds of amazing musicians and human beings from the past, present, and future, thus giving us the tools to be all we can be. I joined ITEA in search of low brass truth, knowing there were voids in my education and experience. I attended my first International Conference in Chicago and left with a long list of new mentors. I kept in touch with my mentors and began an exciting journey of discovery that will last my lifetime. My journey brings a dimension of inestimable value to my life, and I want low brass musicians everywhere to have access to that same experience—the joy of chatting with our legends, hearing exquisite musical performances, and learning from master teachers and performers. I want musicians from all walks of life to learn from one another for a lifetime.

WHAT? We’re only limited by our own questions, ideas, and energy. Through local chapters and our international association, important projects are brought to fruition each year. Whether the issue is pedagogy, resource materials, commissions, public relations, or networking opportunities, we are only limited by our willingness to get involved and make a difference. I’m committed to limitless possibilities of involvement by all our members, and I look forward to hearing from you.

WHO? There’s a place in ITEA for every euphoniumist and tubist in the world. Through local and international organizations, we can work together to fill gaps and meet broad needs. Ours is a unique family, our success inextricably linked to our inclusiveness and generosity. I look forward to continued growth in our membership and pride in our product.



David Zerkel is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Georgia, leading an active career as both a performer and educator. Before his arrival at UGA, he taught in a similar position at Illinois State University. His students have distinguished themselves by winning international and national competitions and attaining positions with professional performing organizations.

David has performed as a featured soloist at many workshops and symposia, including the Leonard Falcone Festival, the 2000 and 2002 International Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the United States Army Band Tuba Conference. In addition, he has performed as a solo recitalist at many of the leading colleges and conservatories in the United States. His solo CD, American Music for Tuba: Something Old, Something New, was selected as the recipient of the inaugural ITEA Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording at the 2006 ITEC in Denver, Colorado.

David has performed with many orchestras, to include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He is a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek and is a frequent performer with The New Sousa Band. He began his performing career as a member of the United States Army Field Band and The United States Army Band, both located in Washington, D.C.

David lives in Bogart, Georgia with his wife, Sara, their three children, Alex, Maddie, and Jack, and their big dopey dog, Wrigley.

Candidate Statement
It is an undisputable fact that I love to play and teach the tuba and euphonium for a living! I am extraordinarily grateful for the opportunities that I have had thus far and look forward to whatever the future might hold. However, for me, it’s not just about the tuba and the euphonium—what really excites me about what I do is that I get to be a musician for a living! It is the creation of great music that inspires me on every level, personally, professionally and spiritually.

A wise teacher once told me, “Don’t try to be a great tuba player, try to be a great musician that just happens to play the tuba.” In my opinion, the level of artistic achievement on our instruments is at an all-time high. If the current generation of emerging players is any indication, we are on course to meet and surpass the accomplishments of the greatest players on any instrument. I feel that we have an obligation to promote this progress in the most aggressive way possible, so that the phrase “pretty good for a tuba player” is no longer spoken, much less entertained. We will realize our potential as an organization by relentlessly striving to exceed self-imposed limitations.
The path that I have traveled as a performer and a teacher has been both fulfilling and informative. I genuinely believe that my experiences will enable me to serve the various constituencies of ITEA from an informed and empathetic perspective.




James Gourlay was born in Scotland where, at the age of ten, he was “volunteered” to play in his school brass band. Being the tallest in the class, he was told to play the tuba, which he sees as ones of the luckiest days of his life.

James entered the Royal College of Music in London but left after a short time to become, at eighteen, the Principal Tuba of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. After that, James became a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Zürich Opera, in an orchestral career spanning 25 years. As a soloist, James performs extensively. He has recorded five solo CDs, the latest, British Tuba Concertos, on the Naxos label, has received international critical acclaim. Today, James is the Director of Music of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.

Candidate Statement
As a teacher, soloist and conductor, I know the value of ITEA. We have a great organization and being at the center of music education in Great Britain gives me the opportunity to help in many effective ways. I would like to increase membership in Europe, China, and other parts of the world, increase awareness of the great potential our instruments possess, and tell the world how proud we are to play them. I am grateful to ITEA for all the work it has done. It’s time for me to pay back by making my contribution.



Gerhard Meinl was born on September 5, 1957 in Bavaria, studied law at the Munich Law School and in Fribourg, Switzerland, and also studied philosophy at the Jesuit University of Munich. Meinl undertook a three-year apprenticeship with Wenzel Meinl GmbH Geretsried becoming a brass instrument and percussion maker at the Bavarian Guild of Musical Instrument Makers. He took over Wenzel Meinl (Meinl-Weston/Melton) in 1983, then formed the JA Musik Group with B&S Markneukirchen and turned it around from a state-owned company. Meinl also assumed ownership of Courtois-Paris and Marigaux Oboes in 1991, and last year founded Sternberg Brass Instrument Manufacturing in Hungary. He is currently President of the German Music Trade Association as well as the European Association of Music Industry. Gerhard Meinl is also a cofounder of the Deutsche TubaForum.

Candidate Statement
I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as ITEA’s International Vice-President. In this capacity, I believe I have served as a valuable “bridge” between ITEA’s North American contingent and tuba and euphonium players throughout Europe and the East. Having a connection with fellow musicians in practically every culture has proved to be an invaluable asset in improving our organization’s communication globally. This was evident from my efforts during my travels to promote our international conference in Budapest, Hungary, which featured an impressive international representation. In a similar fashion, I served a similar capacity in promoting ITEC 2006 in Denver, Colorado on an international stage.

With an opportunity to serve again in a third term, I would like to continue building an even larger and stronger network of international ITEA representation and continue to endorse among our international friends that ITEA is an excellent vehicle for functioning as a global umbrella for added organization, sustainability, consistency, and a communication platform for all tuba, euphonium, baritone, and saxhorn players in this interesting and diversified world of music.




Stacy Baker is Associate Professor of Music-Tuba/Euphonium at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Originally from Harsen’s Island, Michigan, she received both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Michigan where she graduated summa cum laude as a James B. Angell Scholar. She holds a D.M.A in Performance and Literature with highest honors from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active solo career appearing as a featured soloist at the 2006, 2003, and 1997 International Women’s Brass Conferences (IWBC); the 2002 and 1998 International Tuba/Euphonium Conferences (ITEC); the 2004 and 2000 U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Conferences; and the 1999 Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference (SERTEC). Dr. Baker has toured and recorded throughout the United States and Europe as a founding member of the tuba/euphonium quartet Junction, and with the Lexington Brass Band and Monarch Brass Ensemble. She is a member and soloist of the Athena Brass Band and member of the Horizon Brass Quintet. She has also performed as principal tubist with the Warren Symphony and the Allen Park Symphony, and as substitute tubist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, the Champaign/Urbana Symphony, and the Danville Symphony. Dr. Baker served as Co-editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter from 2000–2003. Her teachers include Jeff Funderburk, Wes Jacobs, Tommy Johnson, Fritz Kaenzig, and Mark Moore.

Candidate Statement
I am honored to accept the nomination to serve as Secretary for an organization that has meant so much to me personally and professionally. I joined ITEA as a freshman in college when we were still T.U.B.A., and I have grown as a musician and person through relationships with members that now span more than 20 years. Their playing and teaching have inspired me, and the friendships have enriched my life. It would be a true privilege for me to have the opportunity to serve our membership as Secretary if I am elected. I have a genuine appreciation for the tremendous amount of individual and collective effort necessary to realize the goals and mission of an organization like ours. I have 10 years of university committee service experience to bring to the position and have also served 3 years as Co-Editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter and Chair of the IWBC Commissions Committee. I have a real desire to put this experience to work for ITEA, and I would like to thank the members of the ITEA Nominating Committee for their support of my nomination.



Joseph Skillen is on the faculty at Louisiana State University where he teaches applied tuba, euphonium, coaches chamber music, and performs with the faculty brass quintet. He is in demand as a clinician and soloist as well as an active performer in both chamber music and orchestral ensembles. Prior to his engagement at LSU, Skillen has been principal tubist in several American orchestras, and has performed with touring ensembles across the United States, Europe, and Russia. Additionally, he has presented solo performances and masterclasses throughout the United States, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil, Italy, Finland, France, and Sweden. He has been a finalist and winner in both American and international solo competitions.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Skillen lived in Stockholm, Sweden while studying at the Swedish Royal Conservatory of Music. Skillen has recorded on the Vestige, Bernel, Centaur, Mark Masters, and Mark Custom Labels. In addition, he has performed with the following ensembles: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds, Symphonia, Kentuckiana Brass and Percussion Ensemble, The Galliard Brass Ensemble, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the Western Brass Quintet.

His debut solo CD with pianist Jan Grimes, Blue Plate Special, was released in January 2002 on Mark Masters Recordings. His writings appear in books with Indiana University Press, and journals such as the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal and International Trombone Association Journal . Skillen’s transcriptions and arrangements are published by Tuba Euphonium Press and Bernel Music Ltd. He has also been recognized for his teaching and research skills winning numerous university and state awards.

Candidate Statement
It is an honor to be considered for the secretary position on the ITEA executive board. I understand that the job of the secretary is to keep correspondence with all of the members of the executive board and to maintain the written records of each meeting. If chosen, I will fulfill these duties to the best of my ability. I will also use my voice on the executive board to reinforce the direction of inclusion for all ITEA members in the activities of our organization. This organization belongs to all of us and we must continue to reach those musicians who either don’t feel a place in our organization or haven’t seen how our collective efforts can aid them in their musical pursuits.   I believe that there is much more we can be doing to reach more potential members, especially our international colleagues. We must show the value of membership in our organization to all euphonium and tuba players.