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Josh Biere has recently won the Principal Tuba position with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. He will begin performing with the orchestra on its first subscription concert in September. Biere is a highly sought-after freelance tubist in the Chicago area. He founded the Northshore Brass Quintet and is also the principal tubist for the Kenosha Symphony. In addition to his performing duties, Biere maintains a successful studio, with many former students winning scholarships and placing highly in various competitions. He has an M.M. in Tuba Performance and Literature from Northwestern University and a B.M.E. from Illinois Wesleyan University. His principal teachers include Rex Martin and Ed Risinger.
Tom Curry is the new Principal Tubist with the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. He will begin playing with the orchestra in October 2013. A freelance tubist based in Chicago, Curry is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University. In addition to performing in various orchestras, new music ensembles, and rock bands, Curry maintains a large studio of private low brass students in the Chicago area.
In January of 2013, Antonio Neilley-Menéndez de Llano won the position of Solo Tubist with the Malmö Oper in Sweden. Born in Sydney, Australia of Australian and Spanish heritage, he completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with the Sydney Symphony’s Steve Rossé. He continued his training in Switzerland, where he pursued a Masters in Music Performance (Orchestral and Jazz) with Anne Jelle Visser of the Zürcher Oper. Having already performed Puccini’s Le Villi with the Malmö Oper and soon to play Strauss’s Til Eulenspiegel and Brahms’s Second Symphony in the coming months, de Llano will officially start his year-long probation in January of 2014. Previous accolades include being a finalist at the 2010 Jeju (South Korea) Brass Competition and winning the Principal Tuba position with the Australian Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2007. De Llano has played with many of Australia and New Zealand’s symphony and opera orchestras and for the last two years has been a regular substitute in Switzerland with the Zurich Opera and the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra.
Antonio Neilley-Menéndez de Llano
Tyler Schwirian has recently won the Principal Tuba position with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. He will begin performing with the orchestra in its 2013-2014 season. Schwirian will also begin studying with Alan Baer at the Manhattan School of Music this fall, where he will be pursuing an M.M. in Orchestral Performance. In the spring of 2013, he completed his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a student of Craig Knox. Schwirian has also studied with Thomas Lukowicz and Matthew K. Brown.
Tuba Concerto Consortium
Many readers are familiar with the recent work for euphonium by Dr. Ethan Wickman of the University of Texas at San Antonio. This piece, Three Expeditions, appears on Steven Mead’s recent CD recording Fandango. This is a second version of his original work for five euphoniums and piano, called Summit, which was premiered at the 2010 ITEC in Tucson, Arizona and was recently named winner of the Harvey G. Phillips Composition Award in the ensemble category. Dr. Wickman (www.ethanwickman.com) is now about to commence work on a new concerto for tuba and wind ensemble, which will receive its premiere in the spring of 2014, possibly at the ITEC at Indiana University. Dr. Wickman will also create a version of the concerto for tuba and piano. The consortium to support the composition of this work is being organized by Potenza Music and lead commissioner Jerry Young, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. For more information about the piece, please watch the YouTube video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Gj4SGt9nk) in which Dr. Wickman describes the project and his plans for the concerto. For information regarding consortium membership, please visit http://www.potenzamusic.com/concerto-for-tuba-and-wind-ensemble-three-visions-of-el-greco-full-commissioner-123966.cfm or http://www.potenzamusic.com/concerto-for-tuba-and-wind-ensemble-three-visions-of-el-greco-individual-commissioner-123967.cfm
Awards and Honors
Fritz Kaenzig Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (University of Michigan)
From the Faculty News section of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance website (http://www.music.umich.edu/about/faculty-news.php?id=230):
Fritz A. Kaenzig, professor of music at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as a recipient of this year’s Arthur F. Thurnau professorship. The appointment, approved on February 21, 2013 by the Board of Regents, is a title that he will retain throughout his career at the University.
Kaenzig was chosen for maintaining the highest standards of teaching while inspiring colleagues and students. He was also a recipient of the 1999 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching, his tuba/euphonium studio being acknowledged as one of the finest in the country. Many of his former students serve as professors at major schools of music or play in the world’s top orchestras, including Carol Jantsch, the first woman ever to hold a principal tuba chair in a major American orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In the classroom, Kaenzig fosters a culture of responsibility, accountability, camaraderie, respectful competition, and mutual support. Students describe his charismatic teaching as “sheer magic” and a “rejuvenating balance of substance and inspiration.”
Each year, Thurnau professorships recognize and reward a select group of tenured faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. Criteria for the award include a strong commitment to students and to teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, innovation in teaching and learning, a strong commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body, and a demonstrable impact on students’ intellectual or artistic development.
The professorships are named after alumnus Arthur F. Thurnau and supported by the Thurnau Charitable Trust, which was established through his will. Recipients receive $20,000 to support teaching activities including travel, books, equipment, and graduate student support.
Kaenzig is one of six University of Michigan faculty members to receive a Thurnau professorship this year.
2013 Yamaha Young Performing Artist: Joe LeFevre, tuba
The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Winners of this competition are invited to attend an all-expenses-paid weekend awards ceremony at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands with national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha artist including services and communication with Yamaha’s Artist Relations department. Among the 2013 YYPA Winners was tubist Joe LeFevre from Kalamazoo, Michigan. LeFevre began playing tuba at age 11 and continued through middle school and high school while participating in competitions and district and state solo and ensemble festivals. Over the years he has studied with Bill Short, Dr. Deanna Swoboda, Robert Whaley, and Jacob Cameron. LeFevre’s music has taken him across the Midwest, including appearances at the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival and the Colonel George S. Howard United States Air Force Band Concerto Competition, in addition to performances with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In Fall 2013, he will begin an undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, where he will study with Phil Sinder while pursuing a double major in Music Education and Tuba Performance.
International Euphonium Institute (IEI)
IEI Massed Ensemble
One of the longest running festivals focused on the tuba and euphonium, the International Euphonium Institute recently completed its tenth year. Held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and led by Adam Frey, this year’s IEI featured guest artists Brian Bowman,Chris Buckley, David Childs, Patricio Cosentino, Petri Keskitalo, Jamie Lipton, James Jackson, Jukka Myllys, and Dan Perantoni. Participants had the opportunity to take private lessons and have master classes with the guest artists, perform with tuba-euphonium ensembles both large and small, compete in the third annual IEI Festival Solo Competition, and hear performances by the guest artists. For further information, visit http://euphonium.com/ieifestival.html
Backstage at IEI with Patricio Cosentino, Magi Shumanova, Brian Bowman, Jamie Lipton, James Jackson, Caryl Conger, Chris Buckley, and Adam Frey.
Low Brass Boot Camp (LBBC)
The fourth annual Low Brass Boot Camp was held at the University of Arizona in June. Steven Mead, Pat Stuckemeyer, Danny Helseth, Roland Szentpáli, Kelly Thomas, and Aaron Tindall served as guest artists for this year’s camp. Attendees participated in breathing and warm-up classes, master classes and private lessons with the artists, and small and large ensembles. Further information about the LBBC may be found here: http://lowbrassbootcamp.com/
Miraphone Academy of the East
The Miraphone Academy of the East is held annually and offers opportunities for musical growth to musicians of all levels. The University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Music, Theatre, and Dance hosted the 2013 Miraphone Academy of the East. The 2013 Academy was held in June and featured Dennis AsKew, Deanna Swoboda, and Benjamin Pierce as lead clinicians. More information is available at http://docaskew.com/miraphone-academy
Miraphone Academy of the West
The first annual Miraphone Academy of the West was held on the campus of Arizona State University, July 14-16, 2013. The workshop included three days of chamber music, master classes, and concerts and involved high school students, college students, recreational musicians, and music educators who play the tuba and euphonium. Instruction and coaching was offered by Deanna Swoboda, Dennis Askew, and Alex Lapins. Additionally, Dave Knox, from www.banddirector.com, coordinated live broadcasts of the event and will archive each of the sessions for later viewing on this website. The 2014 Miraphone Academy of the West will also be held at Arizona State University. Please check the following website for updated information regarding dates and registration: http://tuba-euphonium.faculty.asu.edu/?page_id=344
Southeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop (STEW)
A group of collegiate tuba and euphonium players gathered on the University of Arkansas campus June 23-28 for STEW 2014, a week of intensive instruction offered by professors Benjamin Pierce, Demondrae Thurman, and David Zerkel, as well as U.S. Air Force Band euphoniumist Matthew Shipes. The week’s activities included private lessons with faculty, daily quartet coachings, daily topical presentations, master classes, and nightly concerts. This was the second edition of the Southeast Tuba Euphonium Workshop; the first was held in 2012 at the University of Georgia.
STEW caption: Southeast Tuba-Euphonium Workshop
Just for Fun
The Lazy Monk Brewery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin opened a new tap room this spring and, on their website, advertised an “open microphone” for local musical artists. The call for artists read: “Bring your guitar, bring your voice, bring your tuba. (Well, maybe not your tuba.)” This caught the eye of Paul Berkesch, a member of a local euphonium/tuba quartet, “Touching Bass,” and the challenge was on. The quartet members include Berkesch, tuba; Michael Strubel, euphonium; Greg Koprowski, tuba; and ITEA President Jerry Young, euphonium. The quartet came into the tap room, sampled the wares, and then re-entered with instruments to perform Dankwart Schmidt’s setting of “The Bayrische Polka,” Ron Knoener’s setting of “Rosamunde,” and Norlan Bewley’s arrangement of “Ein Prosit” – much to the delight of the patrons and the management. Not only were apologies made with bright smiles, but the group was invited back. A win for the euphonium and tuba!
Fun caption: Touching Bass plays at the Lazy Monk Microbrewery: (L-R) Michael Strubel, Greg Koprowski, Paul Berkesch, Jerry Young