ITEA 2011 Elections for President-Elect/Vice-President
For further information regarding changes in ITEA election procedures, please see the President’s Corner column found in this issue. Please cast your ballot! Visit the online ballot (note: no hard copy ballots). You will need your ITEAonline login information. The voting deadline is March 31, 2011.
James Gourlay was born in Scotland where, at the age of ten, he was ‘volunteered’ to play in his school brass band. Being tallest in class, he was serendipitously given the tuba, an instrument he loves and continues to promote all over the world.
After much success as a solo champion, James entered the Royal College of Music but left after a short time to become, at eighteen, the Principal Tuba of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Four years later, he took up the same position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he worked for ten years. He then performed for a further ten years with the Orchestra of the Zürich Opera.
James’s career as a chamber musician and soloist continues to flourish. He has been a member of the Philip Jones and English Brass Ensembles with which he has toured the world and as a soloist, continues to performs extensively. He has recorded five solo CDs, the latest, British Tuba Concertos, recorded for the Naxos label, with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, received international critical acclaim.
Gourlay’s work within the Brass Band movement forms a vital component of his creative output. After early success with the Brass Band Berneroberland, he became music director of the Williams Fairey Band with which he won the English Masters and British Open Contests. James has also been the professional conductor of the Grimethorpe Colliery and the Brighouse and Rastrick bands and is currently guest conductor of the Brass Band Treize Etoiles, with which he has won the Swiss National Championships, the Swiss Open Championships, second place at the European, as well as the World Brass Band Championships.
James Gourlay’s commitment to music education is a continuing passion. He has been Head of Wind and Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music and Deputy Principal and Music Director at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Salford University, a Masters Degree from Leeds University, a Fellowship of the Royal Northern College of Music, a Fellowship of the London College of Music and is also a recipient of the Henry Iles Medal, presented by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for services to the Brass Band Movement. Currently, James is International Vice President of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, former Director of Music of the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band and now Music Director of the River City Brass.
It is a great honor for me to be writing to you today as a nominee for the presidency of our organization. Many of you will know me already, as a tuba soloist, teacher, orchestral player, a member of various chamber music groups and, lately, as a conductor. I have also had the pleasure to serve on our Board of Directors as International Vice-President. As a life-member of ITEA, I care passionately about our organization. I want to see it grow to fulfill its mission, to promote the Tuba and Euphonium in every musical genre known to humankind. I think we do that through commissioning new and exciting repertoire, not just for the professional, or music major, but at all levels. We do that through the provision of excellent pedagogy at all levels, from school to amateurs who just want to play better. And we do that through improving our public profile. Let’s get on the case of the media, so they know we are out there; know they have to play our music on the Radio: know that our instruments can do way more than Tubby the Tuba!
Ours is a unique organization; one which encompasses a broad community. It is a community, which reflects the flexibility and range of the very instruments we play. But all of us, from the top professional to the beginner, from the school student to the retired senior tubist, you and I share one thing; a love for the instruments and the music we play.
It would be a privilege to serve you.
Jerry A. Young is a member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and also served on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp. A Life Member of ITEA, he twice served as editor-in-chief of the ITEA Journal and continues to serve as an editorial advisor. A former member of the ITEA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, in 2010 he was among the recipients of the Clifford Bevan Award for Meritorious Work in Low Brass Scholarship. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. Dr. Young was an assistant editor of The Tuba Source Book and has published editions of the Arban Method for Tuba, Clarke’s Technical Studies and the Kopprasch 60 Studies for Tuba. He has appeared as soloist and master clinician across the U.S., in Europe, and in Japan. He is principal tubist with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, the UW-Eau Claire Faculty Dixieland Band and Faculty Brass Quintet and is a founding member of and corporate treasurer for Symphonia.
In March of 1973, I received a piece of mail labeled as “Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association Newsletter: Special Organizational Issue.” I had no idea of the impact this organization was to have on our art or on my life when I submitted the $5 membership fee. The existence of what we now know as the International Tuba and Euphonium Association has indeed made a difference for each of us, whether our station is that of professional musician, teacher, amateur, or student.Observing its progress since its inception as an active member has certainly made a difference for me.
I have held a variety of appointed positions in TUBA/ITEA and, through conversations over many years with some of the organization’s founders, I am very familiar with the early history of our association prior to my direct involvement which began in 1981 as the first Coordinator of Composer Friends. Over the decades we have experienced successes and setbacks, and I have been fortunate to be able to learn from the variety of circumstances leading to and coming away from those situations. The current Board of Directors is taking crucial steps to more firmly establish the business footing of the association and, at the same time, is striving to build an operating model for the membership that reaches each constituency of the association with services and information that has relevance for that part of the membership, including modernization and streamlining of lines of communication. I believe that this very central mission must be continued and, should I be elected to this office, would be my primary focus. One of the most important lessons I have learned over my many years of involvement with this association and other organizations is that continuity of effort is crucial to survival and success. An additional area of interest for me (which extends back to my two terms as Journal editor) is the strengthening of bonds among the several organizations that exist across the globe to promote the euphonium and tuba. Through improved communication, understanding, and mutual support, we can continue to improve the standing of our art and those who practice it at all levels of interest everywhere in the world.
If the membership chooses to place me in this important position, it would be an honor and pleasure to serve you.