Conference Corner: 2013 ITEA Regional Conferences

Conference Corner: 2013 ITEA Regional Conferences

The ITEA has established a pattern of holding regional conferences in odd years, alternating with ITECs. Several regionals will host their own websites and you can also get up to date information at the regional conferences page at

Look for more detailed information in the Winter ITEA Journal.

Great Plains Regional- GPRTEC

The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the High Plains Chapter of ITEA are excited to serve as hosts to the Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference (GPRTEC), to be held from May 3-5, 2013. The theme for next year’s GPRTEC, “Tubas in the Wind: Euphonic Sounds of the Great Plains,” is an homage to the inspiration and artistry found in this beautiful region of the country and our programs will feature works composed by and for musicians of the plains.

GPRTEC 2013 will feature a variety of performances, presentations, and clinics from artists throughout the region and beyond. The conference will include artist recitals, chamber music recitals, large ensemble performances, showcase recitals, and presentations and clinics on a diverse range of topics. Featured confirmed large ensembles include the UNK Wind Ensemble and the 43rd Army Band, and both will play host to outstanding soloists. Featured confirmed small ensembles include the Heartland of America Brass Quintet and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Brass Quintet, with more to be added and confirmed soon.

In addition to performances, presentations, and clinics, GPRTEC 2013 will hold competitions in the following categories: Solo Euphonium (Under 21), Solo Euphonium (21+), Solo Tuba (Under 21), Solo Tuba (21+), Euphonium Mock Band Audition, Tuba Mock Orchestra Audition, and Tuba-Euphonium Quartet. We will also hold daily warm-up sessions, ensemble reading sessions, feature an exhibition hall for instrument and music sales, and host two “after hours” jazz sessions at a couple of fine local establishments.

For complete details on performers/presenters, competitions, registration, accommodations, schedule, etc., please visit our website at: If you are interested in performing, presenting, or exhibiting at GPRTEC 2013 please consult the guidelines online and contact conference host Seth Fletcher at, as we are looking to add to our lineup as time and space permits.

Seth Fletcher, host

Midwest Regional- MWRTEC

Greetings from Normal, Illinois! The College of Fine Arts and The School of Music at Illinois State University are excited to host the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (MWRTEC) on May 17-19, 2013. Please note that the dates and location for the MWRTEC have changed in recent months.

A roster of guest artists, clinicians, and vendors as well as information regarding various competitions will be posted on the conference website in early December. Although this site is merely a placeholder at the moment, the official website for the MWRTEC will be Please bookmark this website and check back soon for more details.

Illinois State University’s campus is in the twin-city community of Bloomington-Normal near the geographic center of the state, 137 miles southwest of Chicago and 164 miles northeast of St. Louis. Interstates 74, 55, and 39, U.S. Route 150, and Illinois Route 9 intersect in Bloomington-Normal, creating a transportation hub. An Amtrak passenger station is just two blocks from the University and the Central Illinois Regional Airport is approximately a 15 minute drive from the campus.

We look forward to seeing many of you at MWRTEC 2013!

Andy Rummel and Dakota Pawlicki, co-hosts

Northeast Regional- NERTEC

The Ithaca College Tuba-Euphonium Studio, led by Dr. Aaron Tindall, and the Ithaca College Tuba-Euphonium Studio are proud to announce that the 2013 Northeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference will be held on The Ithaca College campus at the James J. Whalen Center for Music from April 19-21, 2013. Featured performers will include many top professionals from across the Northeast and some international as well, including Steven Mead, David Thornton, Jason Ham, Alan Baer, Carol Jantsch, Craig Knox, Velvet Brown, and Tim Buzbee to name a few. We are also featuring two prominent low-brass composers, Peter Meechan, and Barbara York. The weekend activities will include recitals, master classes, workshops on orchestral section/band playing, and competitions (High School tuba/euph, Collegiate Tuba/Euph, Mock Orchestral, and Military Band Euphonium).

Located in Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College is a school of about 6,500 students. The School of Music enjoys world class facilities including a 250 seat recital hall and a 800 seat concert hall.

The city of Ithaca is nestled in the southern portion of New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Its location on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake and hilly terrain leaves Ithaca as one of the most naturally beautiful areas of the Northeast. A true college town, Ithaca hosts two large institutions: Cornell University and Ithaca College. Ithaca has a myriad of activities to enjoy including restaurants, wine tours, breweries, and hiking.

Please come and join us for what is sure to be a fabulous weekend! For full conference information please visit:

Aaron Tindall, host

Northwest Regional- NWRTEC

The 2013 Northwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference will occur on March 22-24, 2013 at Washington State University. The event will feature several master classes, lectures, demonstrations, and live performances that advance tuba-euphonium pedagogy and literature. The featured artist is John Manning, Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Iowa and founding member of the acclaimed Atlantic Brass Quintet. There will be student competitions, a composition contest, and opportunities for all those in attendance to perform in either the All-Star Tuba-Euphonium Choir or Open Invite Tuba-Euphonium Choir. Additionally, the conference will begin on Friday, March 22 with an exciting performance of the Washington State University Wind Ensemble featuring the U.S. premier of Francois Glorieux’s Concerto for Euphonium, a world premiere of a new tuba and wind ensemble piece by Ben Kirby, and selections containing standard tuba and euphonium audition excerpts. Join us for what promises to be a musically rewarding and enriching experience!

Chris Dickey, host

South Central Regional- SCRTEC

2013 South Central Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference – “The Big Brass Bash in ‘da Bayou”

Come have a good time in Baton Rouge at the upcoming Big Brass Bash in ‘da Bayou where we will be featuring competitions, recitals, lectures, master classes, and ensemble performances from around our region (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee). The focus of the conference is to highlight the tremendous amount of talent available in the South Central Region of the United States. We will have performances by established artists, emerging artists, and have an opportunity to hear artists in the making when the competition winners perform for us.

The festivities will kick off on Thursday night, April 4 and culminate with a final concert and party on Saturday evening, April 6. In addition to all of the musical events, plan on joining our “Second Line” brass band for an authentic South Louisiana Crawfish boil. Plan to join us- you’ll be glad you came. As they say in Louisiana, “Come as you are, leave different!”

Refer to the ITEA website for the most updated information.

Joe Skillen and Brian Gallion, hosts ,

Southeast Regional- SERTEC

Springtime for Tubas!

Make your plans NOW for the 2013 SERTEC to be held on the beautiful campus of the University of North Florida in sunny Jacksonville, March 15-16 2013. Join us for two days of tuba and euphonium delights. The best performers from the Southeast will be giving concerts, master classes, and clinics. There will be myriad competitions for soloists, quartets, and a first-ever duet competition!

The UNF Music Flagship Program is hosting the event.
Marc Dickman, host

Southwest Regional- SWRTEC

The 2013 ITEA Southwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference will be held May 2-4 on the campus of the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. We invite you to join us in celebrating the awesomeness of the tuba and euphonium through a varied program of solo recitals, master classes, presentations, mock auditions, and reading sessions. There will also be a jazz session and a concerto concert with the University of Redlands Wind Ensemble.

Featured artists will include Roger Bobo, Norm Pearson, Jim Self, Jeff Anderson, Micky Wrobleski, Loren Marsteller, Deanna Swoboda, Matt Tropman, Steve Call, David Holben, Alex Lapins, Presidio Brass, and the Rolling Thunder Tuba Quartet. Additional information about the performers, college ensembles, the complete schedule and information about the mock auditions will appear on the conference website at in the coming months.

Scott Sutherland and Andrew Glendening, hosts