Euphonium and Tuba News (Joe Skillen, editor)
Joel Pugh named the new director of bands and Low Brass Professor at
Bemidji State University Joel Pugh has been appointed to the position of Low Brass Professor and Director of Bands at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota. He has held positions at Heidelberg College, Bowling Green State University, and Capital University. His teachers include Phil Sinder, Paul Droste, and Brian Bowman.
Scott Roeder new Principal Tubist with the Midland/ Odessa Symphony
Scott Roeder was appointed principal tubist with the Midland/Odessa Symphony and the Lone Star Brass Quintet. In addition to this position, he is also the low brass instructor for both Midland and Odessa, Texas public school systems. He has a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Akron. His main teachers have been Mark Moore and Tucker Jolly.
Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra
Micky Wrobleski has been appointed principal tuba of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season.
News on Conferences and Workshops
Russia To Host Regional ITEA Conference
Moscow State University of Culture and Arts will be hosting a tuba-euphonium conference March 16-17, 2003. Anatoly Dudin, Dean of International Relations at the university, will serve as host for this first conference of its kind in Russia. In October President-Elect Mary Ann Craig met with Dudin, Alexi Levashkin, former Principal Tubist with the Russian State Academy Symphony; Lt. General Viktor Afanasyev, recently retired Commander of all military bands in Russia and now Dean of Wind Studies at the university; Anatoly Selianin, Vice President of the European Trumpet Guild and Distinguished Professor of Trumpet at the Saratov Conservatory; and Tatyana Grigorevna, Rector of the university.
The conference will include Russian and other Eastern European artists, as well as American tubist Velvet Brown, Canadian tubist John Griffiths, Finnish euphoniumist Jukka Myllys, and New Zealander euphoniumist Riki McDonnell. In addition to master classes and recitals, two evening concerts will feature soloists performing with the university band and a professional band, conducted by Mary Ann Craig.
This conference is the culmination of a year of email correspondence and face-to-face discussion between the Russian musicians and Mary Ann Craig. The Russian musicians are enthusiastic about the conference and believe that there will be much interest shown by Russian and former Soviet republic musicians. At October’s meeting the Russian committee discussed the possibility of reviving the former publication, Russian Brass Music, and of starting Russia’s own tubaeuphonium organization affiliated with ITEA.
The University of Dayton Sponsors a Brass Weekend – The Art of Auditioning
The University of Dayton is sponsoring a major brass festival January 17-19, 2003. It will feature the brass artistry of Bill Bamewitz, horn; Bill Williams, trumpet; James Jenkins, tuba; and Doug Yeo, bass trombone, as well as the Carillon Brass. There will be instrument and music displays, master classes, recitals, clinics on audition techniques, and ensemble performance for participants, both in instrumental choirs and as a member of a mass brass ensemble. The festival will focus on special techniques for stress management and audition preparation.
For more information, please visit their website: http://academic.udayton. edu/brassfestival/
Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival Announces Winners
Euphonium and tuba players around the world know of a little town called Twin Lake, Michigan. They know it as the home of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp – the host of the 2002 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Thirty-two contestants from around the world were chosen and took part in the festival. The 1st festival was held in 1986, created by students of Dr. Falcone in order to perpetuate his memory. The festival is now one of the premier international euphonium-tuba festival/competitions. The festival provides a continuing testimony to the profound influence of Dr. Leonard Falcone upon the lives of his students and the extraordinary level of artistry he achieved throughout his career on the instrument he loved.
Guest artists for this year’s festival were euphoniumist Demondrae Thurman, Instructor of Low Brass at Alabama State University, and tubist David Zerkel, Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at University of Georgia at Athens. The panel of euphonium judges consisted of:
• Tom Broka, retired Band Director, Bay City Western, Mi.; Baritone – Brass Band of Battle Creek
• David Cleveland, Band director, Grosse Pointe, Michigan; former Falcone Artist winner
• Mark Kellogg, Principal Trombonist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Instructor, Eastman School of Music • Lance LaDuke, Principal Euphonium, River City Brass Band
• Tom Riccobono, Instructor of Low Brass, Interlochen Arts Academy
• Demondrae Thurman, Instructor of Low Brass, Alabama State University
The panel of tuba judges consisted of:
• Dr. Mark Cox, Professor, tuba and euphonium, Central Michigan University
• Philip Sinder, Professor, tuba and euphonium, Michigan State University
• John Stevens, Professor, tuba and euphonium, University of Wisconsin, Madison
• David Zerkel, Professor, tuba and euphonium. University of Georgia, Athens
If you have any questions about the competition, please visit our web site at; http;//www.ferris.edu/falcone/.
Article By: Dr. Mark S. Cox, Executive Board Member, Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition; Professor, tuba and euphonium. Central Michigan University; James Ellis, Executive Board Member, Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Solo Competition.
The 2002 Leonard Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium contestants were:
Euphonium Artist Semi-Final Round
Martin Cochran (University of Alabama, Mike Dunn teacher)
Christopher Gongora (Louisiana State University Joseph Skillen teacher)
Danny Helseth (Royal Northern College of Music Steve Mead teacher)
William Hess( University of Southern Mississippi Richard Perry teacher)
Tor Kristian (Innbjoer Huchschule fur Musik und Theatre, JenS’Bjom Larsen teacher)
Hannover Thomas Johnson (University of Kentucky Skip Gray teacher)
Jesse Johnston (University of Michigan Fritz Kaenzig teacher)
Matt Maslanka (Michigan State University Philip Sinder teacher)
Robert Pendergast (Florida State University Paul Ebbers teacher)
Scott Stone (University of Georgia David Zerkel teacher)
Clay Johnson (alternate) (University of Michigan teacher Fritz Kaenzig)
Euphonium Artist Final Round and Results:
• 1st Place: Martin Cochran, Leonard Falcone award: $2250
2nd Place: Tor Kristian Innbjoer, Deeb Family/MFBA award: $900
» 3rd Place: William Hess, Douglas and Jane Goodrich award: $500
Tuba Artist Semi-Final Round
Scott Beaver (Tennessee Tech. University R. Winston Morris teacher)
Grant Harville (University of Wisconsin-Madison John Stevens teacher)
Jason Koi (University of Georgia David Zerkel teacher)
Benjamin Miles (Michigan State University Phil Sinder teacher)
Jorge Salas (University of Kentucky Skip Gray teacher)
Ed Vinson (Louisiana State University Joe Skillen teacher)
Christopher (Blaha University of Michigan Fritz Kaenzig teacher)
Louis Jake (Kline University of Michigan Fritz Kaenzig teacher) alternate
Ryoichi Tamaki (Bowling Green State University Velvet Brown teacher) alternate
Tuba Artist Final Round and Results:
• 1st Place: Jason Koi, Leonard Falcone award: $2250
2nd Place: Scott Beaver, Faye and Seymour Okun (Foundation) award: $900
• 3rd Place: Benjamin Miles, Beryl Falcone 3rd Place award: $500
Euphonium Student Semi-Final Round
David Ashner Lake Braddock High School Jennifer Dayton teacher)
C. Cody Coyne Flushing High School Phil Sinder teacher)
Joshua Cullum Green City Roger Oyster teacher)
Hiram Diaz New World School of the Arts Jay Bertolet teacher)
Chester Elliott Interlochen Arts Academy Tom Riccobono teacher)
Peter Folliard Ridgewood High School Henry Heyzer teacher)
Jesse Rackley Northern Nash Senior High School Erik Harris teacher)
Lise Solberg Tranberg VGS Sverre Olsrud teacher)
Mike Veale Macomb High School John Mindeman teacher)
Lauren Kay Veronie Willis High School John Ware teacher)
Euphonium Student Final Round and Results:
• 1st Place: Hiram Diaz, Emil & Doris Ellis (Family Foundation) award: $1000
• 2nd Place: Chester Elliott, Bemel Music LTD award: $500
• 3rd Place: Peter Folliard, Two Falcone Students award: $300
Tuba Student Semi-Final Round
Jared Fletcher Coffee County Central High School Andrew Lynn teacher)
Chase Garner Oak Mountain High School Michael Dunn teacher)
Brian McBride New Bern High School Jeff Jarvis teacher)
McLain Pray Charlotte High School Philip Sinder teacher)
Thomas Ramos Interlochen Arts Academy Thomas Riccobono teacher)
Rob Vagi Interlochen Arts Academy Thomas Riccobono teacher)
Ben Ammon (alternate) Beaver Local High School Ron Bishop teacher)
Tuba Student Final Round and Results:
• 1st Place: Chase Garner, Deg/Willson award: $1000
• 2nd Place: Brian McBride, Ed Livingston award: $500
• 3rd Place: Rob Vagi, Two Falcone Friends award: $300
The work of the Nominations Committee is continuing as the winter Journal goes to press. Please check the ITEA website (www.iteaonline.org) in January for information on the slate of nominees. The information regarding the nominees will be included with your ballot in the spring issue of the Journal.
Other News of Interest to our Readers
Wisconsin Brass Quintet Celebrates 30th Season
This year, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet celebrates 30 years as ensemble-inresidence at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. The members, who hold teaching positions at the School of Music, include John Aley and Alan Campbell, trumpet; Douglas Hill, horn; William Richardson, trombone; and John Stevens, tuba. Founded in 1972, WBQ performs extensively throughout the Midwest and at the national level, including Carnegie Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. Three recordings. Premieres (works by Hilmar Luckhardt and Jan Bach), Fabrics (works by Verne Reynolds and John Stevens), and Images (works by Douglas Hill, John Stevens, John Harbison, and Daron Aric Hagen), have received wide critical acclaim. The quintet has commiS’ sioned works from composers such as Hilmar Luckhardt, Jan Bach, Verne Reynolds, and Daron Hagen, and Hill and Stevens frequently contribute new works as well.
Wisconsin Brass Quintet
As part of the anniversary season, brass performances will fill the concert halls of the UW-Madison campus throughout Spring 2003. WBQ performs on March 8 and April 19 and hosts the American Horn Quartet (February 11), Chestnut Brass (March 6), and trombonist Mark Fisher (March 9).
Tuba City, Arizona to Host its First TubaChristmas!
It has finally happened – a city named for the tuba will finally have its FIRST TubaChristmas. Tuba City, Arizona will be celebrating TubaChristmas on December 14, 2002. MSgt. Gil Corella of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC will be the conductor. There will also be a special performance by the Tuba Fours from the 36th US Army Band in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Bar Harbor Brass Week
Front L-R: Dan Perantoni, Sam Green, Harvey Phillips, and Paul Kryzwicki. Back row: Carl Lenthe, M.Dee Stewart, and other various attendees following Kryzwicki’s lecture on focal dystonia presented at Indiana University, Fall 2002.
Mendelssohn’ Elijah, Oct. 27-29; Middle Tennessee Choral Society and Middle Tennessee State University Chorus with orchestra. Dr. Raphael Bundage, conductor. Trombones: Ben Mcllwain, Matt Webster, Noah Crossley, trombones; Dr. David Loucky, ophicleide. (Smaller bored trombones were used to try to match the lighter sound of the ophicleide).
Faculty (L-R): Blair Bollinger (Philadelphia Orchestra), Adam Unsworth (Philadelphia Orchestra), Chris Martin (Atlanta Symphony), and Matt Vaughan (Philadelphia Orchestra). 2003 Harbor Brass Week will take place June 22-28, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, visit www.BarHarborBrass.org.
Assistantships and Job Vacancies
The University of New Mexico Announces Tuba and Brass Quintet Assistantship
The University of New Mexico has an assistantship opening for a tubist to work on a Master’s degree starting in Fall 2003. The assistantship includes a waiver of tuition plus a stipend of $10,000+ for the academic year. Duties involve rehearsing and performing with the UNM faculty brass quintet (New Mexico Brass Quintet) and teaching/performing in the Music Dept. The faculty are looking for a high quality performer with a good undergraduate academic record.
Past members of the NMBQ have included Phil Black (Wichita State University), David Porter (US Air Force Band), John Olah (University of Miami), Steve Rosse (Sydney Symphony), Cameron Gates (US Marine Band), Chris Hall (Metropolitan Opera), Jon Voth (US Army Band), Paul Beauchesne (Foothills Brass Quintet), and Brian Dobbins (Xalapa Symphony Orchestra).
For further information please contact: Karl Hinterbichler, Prof, of Low Brass, University of New Mexico, email@example.com, 505 277-4331.
Internet Pick of the Quarter
TubaEuphoniumPress – www.tubaeuphoniumpress.com
Most of you probably know about this site already, but I would like to invite all of you to check it out. Probably more than any other site, this one is geared towards all of our needs in regards to purchasing music. With relative ease one may find chamber music, large ensemble music, solos, and etudes for our instruments – the tuba and euphonium. Hats off to David Miles and his crew for a well-run publishing house and a useful website!
Fernand Lelong (1939-2002)
Fernand Lelong, tuba soloist in the Orchestre de Paris from 1967 to 1999 and professor of tuba at the national conservatory (CNSM) from 1986 to 1999 passed away Saturday, November 2nd , 2002, of a painful illness. He was 63 years old.
Born in 1939 in Sains en Gohelle, France, a small mining community in the north of France (Nord/Pas de Calais), a region known for its talented instrumentalists, Fernand Lelong discovered music through his father and the members of a local musical ensemble (I’Harmonie des mineurs de la Fosse numero 10). From these robust and proud men, he inherited the qualities of sharing, respect, honesty and generosity. After establishing himself as a brilliant student in the Conservatory in Lille, he entered the Paris Conservatory in 1957 and soon won a brilliant first prize in the class of Paul Bernard. From 1961 to 1965, while enjoying success in a number of competitions, he was soloist in the musical ensembles of the National Police, the Air Force and, finally, in the Republican Guard. Beginning in 1962, he played with the Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, which became the Orchestre de Paris in 1967. In 1970, he was offered a teaching position by the Conservatory of the 10th Arrondissement in Paris. The quality of his teaching was soon known in all of France, his classes were always full, and more than 30 of his students would enter the national conservatory in only 12 years. During these years, he helped increase the popularity of the bass saxhorn and promoted the use of the bass and the contrabass tuba, which up to that point had been rarely played in France. He also contributed to improving instrumental technique with Antoine Courtois, and developed the repertoire, notably with Billaudot. In 1982, he joined the other professors at the national conservatory in Paris, then, in 1988, he helped to initiate the Certificate of Aptitude for teaching the tuba. In 29 years of teaching, more than 200 disciples have benefited from his extraordinary pedagogical talent. Most of them are now professional musicians in orchestras, or have dedicated themselves to teaching. In 1999, Fernand Lelong retired. Before leaving his posts, at the request of the national conservatory of Paris, he co-authored a film tracing the history of the tuba and wrote a pedagogical reference work 10 ans avec le tuba (Ten Years with the Tuba) with the Cite de la Musique.*
Fernand Lelong was a musical pioneer who worked to improve working conditions for a new generation. Faithful to his origins, always capable of answering simply and clearly the questions of any interlocutor, professional or amateur, forever ready to lend a helping hand and respond to the various demands of the profession. Recognized by the entire profession as a great teacher, a great musician, an accomplished artist, he leaves us too soon, victim of a terrible disease.
*Anecdote: Equally gifted in soccer, Fernand Lelong was invited to sign a professional contract with the Racing Club de Lens when he was only 16 years old. His father categorically rejected the proposal. Lelong’s passion for the game is consistent with his natural ability to gather people together, to build and motivate them with perseverance and force of conviction.
Written by Hervfe BRISSE (Tuba soloist in the National Orchestra of Lille, Assistant Professor at the National Conservatory of Paris from 1995 to 2002).
Translated by Fred Toner, Professor and Chair, French Department, Ohio University.