2010 International Euphonium Festival
Adam Frey, IEI Director
2010 marked the 7th Anniversary of the International Euphonium Institute. The summer program featured artists and students from around the globe once again. Ranging from Argentina (Guest Artist Patricio Cosentino) to students from Thailand and Singapore to our teachers from the United Kingdom (David Childs) and Germany (Manfred Heidler), the festival had a wonderful flavor and sense of camaraderie with a spirit of empowering the participants to achieve their goals and understand their abilities and potential more fully!!
7th Grader Max Grand
It always amazes me when I sit down afterwards and make some totals for the week: a total of 11 recitals, 13 masterclasses, 8.5 gallons of ice cream, more than 100 private lessons, 67 pizzas, and a few frisbees! We also had a number of premieres as part of the week with our great teachers. Some of the highlights of the week included the fantastic class focused on “A View from the Podium.” This class brings in three conductors to listen to excerpts and provide the desires and a fresh perspective of ideas and needs from the podium. Another great moment in addition to wonderful euphonium and tuba classes was a masterclass taught by cellist Charae Kruger. She provided a very different approach to playing transcriptions on euphonium, which was engaging and refreshing. Another few highlights were local trumpeter Joe Grandsen that shared the Jazz night program and a wonderful presentation by Manfred Heidler on the history and traditions of the German tenor horn and barytone. It was a great multimedia presentation that highlighted a very new area for many of the IEI participants.
I know that the daily warm-ups, playing in the massive ensemble of 50 euphonium and tuba players, and getting to hang out with our artist staff make it an inspiring and memorable week. I hope you enjoy some of the words of this past year’s participants and teachers as their reflections are the reason to make an experience like this a regular occurrence and encourage me to make 2011 even better!!
~Adam Frey, Director of the International Euphonium Institute (IEI Festival)
Adam conducting the mass ensemble of 50 euphonium and tuba players
It was my pleasure to be a guest artist and faculty member at the International Euphonium Institute this summer. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly spirit of the event was present from the moment I arrived in Atlanta. Emory University is a truly beautiful setting and campus. The impressive organization and planning allowed both faculty and attendees to relax and focus on making great music. I know this is no surprise to anyone who knows Adam Frey.
The IEI presented a wide range of activities, which included clinics, masterclasses, large and small ensemble rehearsals, recitals, concerts, and lessons. There really was something for everyone. Due to the large and diverse number of faculty/guest artists present, everyone had the opportunity to hear a wide range of styles and music. The accompanists were fantastic. Caryl Conger and Magi Shumanova were just another added bonus of the IEI. Other than the Atlanta heat, which by the way I was told, “was not that bad yet,” I strongly recommend IEI as a summer stop for any euphoniumist in the future. The exchange of ideas and questions energized everyone at every event. All the best in the future. ~Roger Behrend, Willson Artist, George Mason University
Patricio with participant Ed Romine
About the IEI Festival 2011
IEI is fantastic! I have attended IEI 3 times, starting with the summer after my freshman year in high school. The energy and enthusiasm of the artists, participants, and support staff is infectious. I particularly enjoyed the comradely between peers and artists, including the coaching that was possible in the one-on-one private lessons. I feel that my musicianship has greatly improved over the years from the plethora of knowledge shared in masterclasses by the artists. It was great to interact with so many people who share a passion for the euphonium. Participants and guests come from all over the U. S. as well as foreign countries including Singapore, Japan, Thailand, England, Germany, Norway, and Argentina. When we all are practicing together in the massed ensemble of 50+ euphonium and tuba players, if you pull back for a moment and look around, it is incredible to be surrounded by so many people who share a common passion and love of the instrument. ~Peter Weimer, High School Student Atlanta, Georgia
IEI Participants were invited to take a solo on Jazz Night
“The Evening Concerts at IEI”
At the end of the day, our minds full of newfound knowledge and experience; we retired to the concert hall and were treated to performances of the highest caliber. With the gentle oranges of sunset cascading through lofty sliver-panes onto rich wood panels and red-velvet seats, musical artistry flowed forth to touch upon the emotions of every person present. Each evening featured something new and exciting—world-class euphonium and tuba soloists often graced the stage, accompanied by prodigious pianists Caryl Conger and Magdalena Shumanova, while other concerts featured improvisational trombone, a jazz combo, and brass band.
Manfred Heidler with Adam Frey’s 1925 Conn Double Bell Euphonium
For some students, this marked their first exposure to exceptional live brass, as evidenced by an initial look of shock followed by one of ecstasy. Even those more accustomed gave muted exclamations elicited by the feats of virtuosity and subtle tenderness emitted on-stage. The repertoire spanned all genres, from contemplative Baroque transcriptions to wildly energetic modern works to soulful blues.
It felt as though the nightly concerts did more than merely entertain—they gave the participants a powerful reminder of the fruit of our labors, which we ourselves are capable of sharing with others. Each evening saw a handful running off after the concert to the practice rooms with euphonium or tuba in tow, incapable of suppressing their enthusiasm, inspired to continue the journey of personal development inherent to our art form.” ~Jeff Homick, University of Houston
Roger Behrend and Caryl Conger in Recital
Masterclasses and Lessons
David Childs performing with the Georgia Brass Band
I first cameacross the International Euphonium Institute (IEI) about 3 years back from euphonium.com, and I was really excited to finally be part of the 7th IEI. Flying all the way to another part of the world is fantastic, let alone it was my first time to America and it is about euphonium!
One of my goals for over the week was to become a better musician, and a big part to achieving this is having lessons and attend or participate in masterclasses conducted by the artists. As a participant of the cello masterclass conducted by Charae Krueger for euphoniums I personally feel that it is a refreshing and great experience as I was given advice based on the playing style and performance practice of a cello in which in many times a euphonium can emulate while playing baroque transcriptions. In other tuba and euphonium masterclasses, as observers we can learn from the participants’ good and bad habits so that we know what we can do to help us or what must be avoided. We can also heed the advice of the teachers on similar issues that we face in our playing. The masterclasses also serve as a chance to perform to the rest of the participants of the IEI.
Private lessons with all of the guest artists, I believe, is also what many people look forward to. I was fortunate enough to be able to have lessons with some of the best euphoniumists of our time. In lessons, we receive many new musical ideas and technical solutions that will bring our playing to a higher level.~Vincent Tan, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Manfred Heidler, Martin Cochran, David Childs, Adam Frey, Jamie Lipton, Magi Shumanova, and Caryl Conger at Taco Mac
For the 8th IEI Festival, another great lineup of teachers and students returns to Atlanta. Our international guests include Tormod Flaten (Norway) and Sérgio Carolino (Portugal), along with our US based artists Gail Robertson, Don Palmire, Brian Meixner, Stacy Baker, Tom Gibson, Bernard Flythe, and Adam Frey. We will also feature the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, Il Brasso Magnifico, Mercury Orkestar, and Jazz Night again. We will also be featuring our Vocal Masterclass and a View from the Podium with 3 conductors in addition to our regular classes with our artists.
Our final addition to IEI 2011 is a Solo Competition for Euphonium and Tuba and also the Duet Competition sponsored by the Symbiosis Duo Duet Competition. There is more information on the website! All the best and hope you will visit us some time in the future.
Patricio playing with the Mercury Orkestar sousa player Bill Pritchard.
You can find out more information about past and present IEI Festivals at: http://www.euphonium.com/ieifestival.html.
Final Reception evening with students Nicholas Fraire (Washington), Vignesh Narasawamy (Georgia), Boonyarit Kittaweepitak (Thailand), and Marcus Montgomery (Alabama).